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COVID-19 Update: The Canadian Government has announced an official global travel advisory to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
Continue to visit the travel.gc.ca website for travel information from the Canadian government. Visit the SFU website to review the latest SFU-specific information relating to COVID-19.

As of September 8, 2020 SFU has adopted an interim university-related international travel policy. Please review the interim university-related international travel policy for travel guidance during this time. Please note that the interim policy does not apply to personal travel or sabbatical leave. 

Follow the steps below to prepare for safe travel:

The travel pre-approval form is the first step in the pre-approval process. Completing the travel pre-approval form confirms that you are completing the safety components of your trip planning.

The university prioritizes the safety of its members. The university will not require or regard any university-related travel to any Level 3 or Level 4 destination to be essential travel. The university will not approve university-related travel for students or staff members for Level 3 or Level 4 destinations as per the interim university-related international travel policy.

Contact the SFU Travel Safety Program for travel-related questions at srs_ts@sfu.ca

Students (undergraduate and graduate)

All students are required to fill out the below pre-approval form at a minimum of two weeks prior to the departure date. The form contains the safety components that you will be required to complete prior to departing for your trip.

  • Determine the Government of Canada travel advisory level for the destination country. The university will not approve university-related travel for students for Level 3 or Level 4 destinations.
  • Register with SFU Travel Registry
  • Confirm that you have appropriate travel and medical insurance based on your own needs.
  • Complete a waiver
  • Review the health, safety, and security services provided by International SOS. Use the SFU Membership number 27ACAS593560 to access these services.

Pre-approval Form

The travel pre-approval form is the first step in the pre-approval process. Completing this form confirms that you are completing the safety components of your trip planning.

Your responses in this form will be sent to the department chair, director or designate as you indicate. Upon the receipt of the email they will confirm that the country-specific travel advisory level is 1 or 2, and you have agreed to meet all the required steps prior to your travel. If there are no other concerns to the travel (such as financial or other administrative restrictions) your department chair, director or designate may approve the travel by responding to you in writing within 5 days upon receiving the email.

Click here for pre-approval form

Staff

All staff members are required to fill out the web form checklist at a minimum of two weeks prior to the departure date. The form checklist contains the safety components that you will be required to complete prior to departing for your trip.

  • Determine the Government of Canada travel advisory level for the destination country. The university will not approve university-related travel for staff members for Level 3 or Level 4 destinations.
  • Register with SFU Travel Registry
  • Confirm that you have appropriate travel and medical insurance based on your own needs.
  • Review the health, safety, and security services provided by International SOS. Use the SFU Membership number 27ACAS593560 to access these services.

Pre-approval Form

The travel pre-approval form is the first step in the pre-approval process. Completing this form confirms that you are completing the safety components of your trip planning.

Your responses in this form will be sent to the department chair, director or designate as you indicate. Upon the receipt of the email they will confirm that the country-specific travel advisory level is 1 or 2, and you have agreed to meet all the required steps prior to your travel. If there are no other concerns to the travel (such as financial or other administrative restrictions) you department chair, director or designate may approve the travel by responding to you in writing within 5 days upon receiving the email.

Click here for pre-approval form

Faculty

As per the interim university-related international travel policy all faculty members are require to complete the following prior to travel:

  • Determine the Government of Canada travel advisory level for the destination country. For countries with a level 3 or 4 travel advisory:
    o Speak to your supervisor about your understanding of the risks associated with the travel.
    o Contact the SFU Travel Safety Program at srs_ts@sfu.ca for travel safety resources to understand the risks associated with your travel.
    o Complete an acknowledgment of risk form. Contact risk_srs@sfu.ca for the form.
  • Register with SFU Travel Registry
  • Confirm that you have appropriate travel and medical insurance based on your own needs.
    o Review the Pacific Blue Cross travel insurance information
    o *If you are not covered through Pacific Blue Cross please check with your insurance provider.
    Note during global pandemic: SFU’s travel medical insurance provider Pacific Blue Cross (PCB) contains a specific exclusion for COVID-19 related illnesses for trips taken on or after March 13, 2020. SFU has obtained emergency travel medical insurance that fills the gap occasioned by the PCB exclusions for COVID-19 for university-related travel out-of- province or outside of Canada. To ensure that the faculty member is covered by the university emergency travel medical coverage the individual must register their travel and sign an acknowledgement of risk form. SRS will provide the insurance policy details upon the receipt of signed acknowledgement of risk form.