Sept. 22, 2021 The Division of Human Resources & Equity is now called the Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture.

International travel in the course of university business

Dear colleagues,

As stated by the Government of Canada and in U of T’s COVID-19 General Workplace Guideline, all non-essential travel should currently be avoided. However, as restrictions on international travel begin to loosen, some of you may consider resuming travel deemed essential for research or other University business purposes. We strongly encourage you to include the following resources in your planning.:

  • Most importantly, consult the Government of Canada website for information about any travel health notices/restrictions as well as testing and quarantine requirements. Public Health directives will need to be followed at the destination country as well as upon return to Canada.
  • Ensure you are aware of any pandemic-related implications to your travel coverage under Green Shield Canada.

We have recently extended our contract with International SOS, to provide university-wide coverage. Previously this service was only available to students engaged in learning abroad activities; International SOS was a critical partner in supporting our students abroad to return home as borders were closing due to COVID last March.

International SOS provides a range of travel related services, for which University of Toronto faculty, librarians, and staff travelling on work-related business will be eligible. For further details, please review the attached documents, and the International SOS Membership Overview E-Guide.

Registration with International SOS via the U of T Portal is encouraged, so that in the event of an individual or local/national crisis in a particular country, individuals are supported and kept healthy and safe.

If you have any questions, please email to submit a ticket in the HR Service Centre.