COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Travel COVID-19 FAQs

Please refer to the following documents for guidance on non-research related travel:

For the most up-to-date information on international and domestic travel regulations, refer to the Government of Canada’s travel restrictions website.

For information about travel for research purposes, visit the Office of Research’s COVID-19 website.

As of Jan. 7, 2021, all air travelers will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. According to the federal government’s announcement:

Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.

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People arriving or returning to Canada from any international destination, whether for business or personal reasons, must follow the Government of Canada’s travel directives. Do not come to campus while you are isolating or in quarantine.

If you need to come to a U of G campus or facility once your isolation/quarantine period is over you must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and complete U of G’s COVID-19 Screening Form first.

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For guidance on University travel, refer to the following documents:

For researchers, U of G travel includes all research-related travel that requires a travel reimbursement claim from the University of Guelph. Researchers should also take note of the update from CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC pertaining to travel claims related to COVID-19 travel disruptions.

New Travel Bookings

  • Do not book any new University-funded or sponsored travel outside of Canada.

Previously Booked Travel

  • If your travel must be cancelled, you should first attempt to recover funds paid prior to seeking reimbursement from the University.
    1. Check with your travel supplier and ask what accommodations they can make. Will they provide a refund, allow you to postpone your plans or provide a credit towards a future trip?
    2. Did you purchase travel insurance? If so, verify whether the cancellation is covered through the insurance.
    3. If you paid by credit card, inquire whether your travel is covered by trip cancellation insurance offered through your card provider.
  • If you followed the above steps and were unsuccessful in obtaining a refund, review the Process for Cancelled Travel Arrangements (section 5.b) from Financial Services.

Tri-Agency Funded Travel

  • Read a notice from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, regarding reimbursement for non-refundable Tri-Agency funded travel fees.

Other Research Funding Agencies

  • The University is the process of contacting other funding agencies to assess their policies regarding the changing COVID-19 situation. We will continue to provide updates as decisions are made.

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Refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website for information on options for nationals from other countries currently staying in Canada.

International students concerned about their study permits expiring can contact Matthew Keefe, International Student Advisor, at mkeefe@uoguelph.ca or 519-824-4120 Ext. 58698.

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