COVID-19 & UCalgary International Travel


Updated - February 28, 2022

International Travel may now resume as of February 28, 2022 

On February 28, 2022 the Government of Canada changed its Travel Health Notice to Level 2.

As such, international travel for University of Calgary business purposes, including research, is permitted to go ahead, subject to the completion (prior to departure) of the requirements indicated below.  These requirements indicate specific authorizations and actions that are dependent upon the level of risk of each country/area and that category of the traveler.

If you have any questions, please contact us at riskmgmt@ucalgary.ca.

Updates will appear on this page as they arise.


Undergraduate Student Travel

Undergraduate student travel 

All undergraduate student travel requires the following (note that travel to High-Risk countries has additional requirements and approvals).

Required Actions

1. Register:

  • on the UCalgary Travel Registration system. For student exchanges through UCI Study Abroad, they will register on your behalf.
  • with the Government of Canada or your country of passport.

2. Review:

3. Upload the following completed and scanned documents to the Travel Registration system:

4.  Complete an international travel briefing from UCalgary International Study Abroad.

5.  Download the International SOS mobile app on your mobile device.

6.  Ensure that:

  • you have health coverage that will extend to cover any COVID-19 related illnesses while traveling.
  • you have either purchased travel insurance that would cover quarantine and trip interruption costs or that you have adequate personal funds available to manage those costs should they arise.

Recommended Actions

1. Upload your travel itinerary to Travel Registration System.

NOTE:  The University will not provide funding for costs related to undergraduate student travel including, but not limited to, COVID-19 testing or quarantine requirements, accommodation (including extension or cancellation fees), travel costs (including any escalation or costs to return to Canada), loss of non-refundable fees, health care or emergency expenses, etc. unless they are accessing external research funds which allow for such expenditures.


Graduate Student Travel

All graduate student travel requires the following (note that travel to High or Extreme Risk countries/areas has additional requirements and approvals).

Required Actions

1. Register:

2. Review:

3. Upload the following completed and scanned documents to the Travel Registration system:

4.  Download the International SOS mobile app on your mobile device.

5.  Ensure that:

  • you have health coverage that will extend to cover any COVID-19 related illnesses while traveling.
  • you have either purchased travel insurance that would cover quarantine and trip interruption costs or that you have adequate personal funds available to manage those costs should they arise.

Recommended Actions

1. Upload your travel itinerary to Travel Registration System.

2.  Complete an international travel briefing from UCalgary International Study Abroad.

NOTE:  The University will not provide funding for costs related to graduate student travel including, but not limited to, COVID-19 testing or quarantine requirements, accommodation (including extension or cancellation fees), travel costs (including any escalation or costs to return to Canada), loss of non-refundable fees, health care or emergency expenses, etc. unless they are accessing external research funds which allow for such expenditures.


Academic Staff Members, Employees and Post-Doctoral Fellow Travel

All Academic Staff Members, Employees and Post-Doctoral fellows travel requires the following (note that travel to Extreme Risk countries has additional requirements and approvals).

Required Actions

1. Register:

3. Review:

4. Upload the following completed and scanned documents to the Travel Registration system:

5.  Download the International SOS mobile app on your mobile device.

6.  Confirm that:

  • you have health coverage that will extend to cover any COVID-19 related illnesses while traveling.
  • you have either purchased travel insurance that would cover quarantine and trip interruption costs or that your department/unit head is aware of the travel and has adequate funds to manage those costs should they arise.
  • you have consulted with your department head/unit head prior to travel to ensure that you can make alternate arrangements for work if you are quarantined.

Recommended Actions

1. Upload your travel itinerary to Travel Registration System.


Following are a list of links to organizations that the University of Calgary monitors with respect to health outbreaks and the appropriate precautions to be taken. It also monitors the World Health Organization response as well as reviewing information from the Government of Canada travel advisories and International SOS. For current information, please monitor their sites directly on an ongoing basis as the situation is evolving rapidly.

Alberta Health Services - Current situation in Alberta

Alberta Health Services - COVID-19 FAQs

Public Health Agency of Canada

Government of Canada Travel Advisories

Information regarding Alberta Blue Cross (ABC) coverage for travel outside of Alberta, for academic staff, support staff and MaPS who are enrolled in the University's ABC plan, is available on the UCalgary Group Benefits website at  https://www.ucalgary.ca/hr/benefits-pension/group-benefits/out-province-emergency-medical.  Please go down to the appropriate section on that page and click on "COVID-19 and Travel Outside of Alberta."

All plan members are strongly encouraged to consider all risks of travel and to contact the Alberta Blue Cross travel line directly at 403.225.4289 or toll free 1.888.772.2583 in advance of travel to review the coverage and limitations/exclusions based on your circumstance.

Updated - Sept 11, 2020

Incoming international students are required to comply with Government of Canada immigration regulations and Alberta Health Services requirements.  Please ensure you review the travel restrictions and exemptions for International Students before travel to Canada.

Fully vaccinated travellers with an approved vaccine may qualify for certain travel exemptions. Please review the Government website to determine if you qualify as a fully-vaccinated traveller

Incoming students will be provided with information on Alberta Health Services regulations and UCalgary protocols.  Please check with International Student Services ISS Webinar and workshop page to review COVID 19 Information for International Students.

Updated:  May 4, 2022

The Government of Canada website provides updated information on Travel Restrictions and Exemptions.  Please ensure that you have thoroughly reviewed this information prior to returning to Canada.  It will assist with determining what precautions are required to board flights as well as the public health requirements that are in place when you land.  These may include, but are not limited to, pre-flight and on-arrival COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements.  These are generally at the cost of the traveller.

Please note that the evolving situation with COVID-19 may limit the university's ability to assist you if you travel outside of Canada.  

International students seeking to enter Canada must carefully review information regarding travel exemptions on the Government of Canada website before confirming travel plans and/or attempting to seek entry into Canada.   

Prior to entering campus, ensure that you have reviewed the information at COVIDSafe Campus.

Updated - November 04, 2021
 

UCalgary decisions regarding university business-related travel do not apply to personal travel/vacations/family visits.

However, UCalgary is advising anyone who has traveled outside of Canada to follow all public measures in effect.   Also, if someone in your home is unwell, follow advice from Alberta Health Services.  

Prior to entering campus, ensure that you have reviewed the information at COVIDSafe Campus.

Updated - November 4, 2021