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Updated: April 29, 2022

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. If you wish to seek approval, please review the Research Services page on Connect, and complete the necessary forms.

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 International Travel

The health and safety of our students is of utmost importance. Participation in exchange opportunities will be evaluated on a location-specific basis and approved at a vice-president level.

Opportunities Abroad for Students such as spring and summer international faculty-led courses, international summer programs and international internships will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Preparation for fall 2022 exchanges is moving ahead; travel permissions will be confirmed by June 1, 2022.

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 the purposes of conducting other university business off-site can be facilitated using the Off-Campus Activities COVID-19 Guideline.  

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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