On March 14, the Government of Canada released important updates with respect to actions students should take if they are currently abroad or have recently travelled outside Canada. In response, the University has cancelled all outbound international travel for all University sanctioned programs and activities (exchanges, study abroad etc) until June 1, 2020.
Details can be found in our earlier community update here.
Travel: students currently outside Canada
The Government of Canada issued an update to the global travel advisory issued on March 13 urging Canadians abroad to return home while commercial flights are still available into Canada.
Countries around the world also continue to escalate their travel restrictions in efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. This advice is an escalation from the previous travel advisory, released on March 13, which had urged Canadians to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel.
If you are abroad, the Government of Canada strongly urges you to find commercial options still available to return to Canada and consider an earlier return than you may have planned as these options are becoming more limited.
International students who are also abroad may wish to return directly to your home country. Please contact email@example.com for additional information.
Travel disruptions identified by the Global Affairs Canada’s statement include:
“Airlines have cancelled flights. New restrictions may be imposed with little warning. Your travel plans may be severely disrupted and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected.”
Whether you plan to stay or return early, we need to know. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and the team will provide further guidance.
Self Isolation: if you have travelled
If you have travelled outside of Canada, including the United States, you should self-isolate and avoid contact with others for 14 days beginning with the last day of travel.
Please visit the Coronavirus Information & Update website for the latest information.
As the situation changes, I will continue to keep you informed.
Be safe, wash your hands and look out for one another.