Updated: Dec. 7, 2020
To protect the health and safety of our community the university will be extending the international travel ban on business and academic travel to the end of winter term 2021, with ongoing review based on Government of Canada advisories.
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 spring/summer 2021 term should be cautious, and recognize that the travel ban could be extended based on counsel provided by Health Canada, Global Affairs Canada and Canada Travel.
The health and safety of our students is of utmost importance. The university has continued to monitor counsel provided by Health Canada, Global Affairs Canada and Canada Travel. Given such, international exchange for the winter 2021 term has been 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.
International students who meet the Government of Canada’s requirements for entering the country to study now have the option to register to travel to study at Laurier. Laurier has prepared a stringent Safe Travel, Arrival, and Quarantine (STAQ) process to protect the health of our staff, students, and community. International students who wish to pursue this option need to register, and more details about the application and quarantine process is outlined on the International Student Support website.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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