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International Travel

Updated: Oct. 19, 2021

To protect the health and safety of our community the university has placed restrictions on international travel for business and academic/research purposes, with ongoing review based on Government of Canada advisories. These restrictions are in place temporarily to mitigate the heightened risk associated with international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes international travel for research activities, research placements, field courses, field trips and conference travel and all other university business travel.

Anyone making international travel plans for the winter 2022 term should be cautious and recognize that travel may be further restricted based on counsel provided by Health Canada, Global Affairs Canada and Canada Travel

Research Travel

International research travel will require prior approval from the vice-president of Research and requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. No research activity that can be performed effectively remotely while remaining in Canada will be approved.

The university is currently granting some limited permissions to travel internationally for research data collection only. Permission for other types of travel will be considered at a later date and dependent upon conditions. If you wish seek permission, please submit the International Travel Application Form to Charity Parr-Vasquez.

Business Travel

International business travel will require prior approval from the applicable vice-president or equivalent and requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Prior to approval, a risk assessment and safety plan must be completed by the individual who leads the activity (activity coordinator) as described in the Off-Campus Activities COVID-19 Guideline, found on SHERM’s resource page in Connect.

All costs associated with the travel must be approved including costs related to COVID-19 testing or any required quarantine periods that could lengthen travel plans. Assessment and approval of requests will be based on the nature of the travel activity, and the safety of the destination country which will include the country’s vaccination rate.

No activities that can be performed effectively while remaining in Canada will be approved.

International travel for university business will only be considered for approval under the following circumstances:

  • The travel is needed to further achieve a critical business imperative (e.g. student recruitment, academic partnerships).
  • Delay in the travel is likely to harm the University’s ability to achieve important goals/priorities.
  • Delay in the travel is likely to negatively impact the University’s reputation.
  • The employees engaging in the international travel are fully vaccinated and willing to engage in the travel.
  • International travel will not be approved for conferences or professional development that do not meet the criteria outlined above.

Student Exchanges (Outbound)

Updated: Dec. 22, 2021

The health and safety of our students is of utmost importance. As such, and after careful consideration of all factors, the university made the difficult decision on Dec. 17, 2021, to suspend all university-sanctioned outgoing international student exchange programs commencing in January. The university will continue to closely monitor the situation for exchanges scheduled to start after January.

Students who were planning to go on exchange for the Winter 2022 term will have until Jan. 10, 2022 to confirm their next steps. Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Laurier International team at exchange@wlu.ca to explore the options and resources available to them, including possible financial support. Laurier International will continue to work closely with students to provide personalized counsel.

International Students (Inbound)

Updated: Dec. 22, 2021

As of Dec. 17, 2021, Wilfrid Laurier University suspended inbound exchanges for the Winter 2022 term until such time as public health advisories enable non-essential travel to resume. Students from other countries who were planning to come to Canada to attend Laurier on exchange will have the option to remain in their home countries and participate in remote studies at Laurier in January, travelling to Canada to participate in-person only at such time as restrictions related to non-essential travel are lifted. They also have the option to cancel or defer their exchange.

Domestic Travel

Discretionary travel within Canada for business and academic purposes is permitted if deemed necessary as a means to carry out university business and/or research.

Domestic travel for purposes of research may be approved through the Resumption of Research Plan. Applications to resume non-participant field research are available on Connect and can be submitted to research@wlu.ca.

Domestic travel for the purposes of conducting other university business offsite may be approved through the process for off campus activities, available on Connect. All requests can now be facilitated using the Off-Campus Activities COVID-19 Guideline, which provides an overview of how to create and submit your safety plan for approval to the appropriate Laurier authority.  

Personal Travel 

For personal travel, the university encourages all members of the Laurier community to follow the Global Affairs Canada travel advisory website and closely monitor the situation. If quarantine is required as a result of discretionary international travel, employees must include this additional time as part of their vacation request.

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