To protect the health and safety of our community, and in an effort to facilitate fall planning, the university will be extending the international travel ban on business and academic travel to the end of 2020, with ongoing review based on Government of Canada advisories.
This includes international travel for research activities, research placements, field courses, field trips and international exchanges, conference travel and all other university business travel. Anyone making international travel plans for the winter 2021 term should be cautious, and recognize that the travel ban could be extended into 2021 based on counsel provided by Health Canada, Global Affairs Canada and Canada Travel.
The university will continue to monitor the government decisions and directives on international travel, and will make adjustments as required to the university’s policy on international business and academic travel, which may include shortening or lengthening the travel ban period. The health and safety of our faculty, staff and students will be first and foremost in our decision making. Faculty looking to make international travel plans for research purposes over the next 12 months should do so with caution, and ensure that only fully refundable travel arrangements are made.
Discretionary travel within Canada for business and academic purposes is strongly discouraged during the pandemic. If domestic travel is deemed necessary as a means to carry out important university business and/or research, it requires special advance approvals prior to incurring any costs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 new 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.
The federal government has issued an advisory to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. 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.
The health and safety of our students is of utmost importance and consistent with the university's current ban on business and academic international travel. The university has continued to monitor counsel provided by Health Canada, Global Affairs Canada and Canada Travel. Given such, it has been determined that international exchange for the winter 2021 term will be cancelled. We recognize the disappointment and challenge this decision presents for our students, exchange partners and community. Laurier International will continue to work closely with all to provide personalized counsel and advice.
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