Interim University-Related International Travel Policy

November 19, 2021


This message is sent on behalf of Martin Pochurko, vice-president, finance and administration.

Recently, the Government of Canada has updated its COVID-19 advice and lifted the global travel advisory to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada.

To remain consistent with good practices in community safety, and like other Canadian universities, SFU will continue to rely on its interim university-related international travel policy to better support students, faculty, and staff who travel on behalf of the University.

This interim policy requires all students, faculty, and staff to register university-related international travel prior to departure with the SFU travel registry.

Registering travel allows SFU to protect students, faculty, and staff in the event of an emergency, such as a natural disaster, civil or political unrest, or a health emergency. In addition, students and staff are required to have pre-approval for their travel. All are asked to ensure their travel is in keeping with federal travel restrictions and guidelines.  

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is a key priority for SFU, particularly as we navigate the global impacts of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience as we work toward a permanent long-term policy with regards to international travel.

Please read the interim university-related international travel policy and if you have questions, contact


Martin Pochurko,

Vice-President, Finance and Administration