University travel

All domestic and international university travel is cancelled

All domestic and international university travel is cancelled until further notice.   

Implications for Academic Course and/or Experiential Learning programs with travel

Any travel-related activity for students related to courses, academic exchanges, experiential or service learning is cancelled until August 31. Alternative programming or delivery to replace academic credit requirements should be considered and discussed with Department Chairs and Deans.  The university community is encouraged and supported in exploring means of achieving the objectives of the activity through virtual or other modes of delivery.    

Implications for Non-Course related travel (i.e. conferences, research, collaboration)

Any travel-related activity for faculty for research, conferences, professional development, collaborations etc…. is cancelled until further notice. Faculty are encouraged and supported in exploring means of continuing their research and collaborations working from home if possible through virtual modes of delivery.    

Implications for Travel Reimbursement

There will be no reimbursement for university international travel commencing after March 13, 2020, and no travel advances will be provided for trips commencing after this date. There will be no reimbursement for any domestic travel booked on or after March 17, 2020.  Any requests for exceptions must be approved by a Vice-President before they will be considered.  

Exceptions to travel restrictions into Canada

The Government of Canada recently announced information about exceptions to travel restrictions into Canada and included ones for international students and faculty travel to Canada. These exceptions are positive news for universities across the country and for Saint Mary’s.

Exemptions to the air travel restrictions for foreign nationals will apply to: 

  • International students holding valid study permits issued before March 18, 2020 or international students who were approved for a study permit before this date.
  • Permanent residence applicants who had been approved before March 16, 2020, when travel restrictions were announced, but who have not yet entered Canada.

Entry to Canada under these exemptions will be considered "essential travel". Foreign nationals will be subject to health screening before travel and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival. Read the full details of the government’s announcement.

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