On October 21, 2021, Global Affairs Canada lifted the blanket advisory against all international non-essential travel for fully vaccinated Canadians. However, the government continues to advise caution when planning international trips. Travel still includes inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and travelers are advised to stay informed of COVID-19 activity at their destination, including any travel restrictions or public health mandates.
As a result of this change, McMaster has reviewed its guidance for university-related travel. For more details about university-related travel for undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff, please visit the Travel Safety and Planning page on McMaster’s HR website.
Field trips, research activities and student placements
These activities continue to be managed through Risk Management Manual (RMM) #801. As a temporary measure, advance approval from the Provost and AVP International will be required for field trips, research activities and student placements that require any international travel. This applies to all countries from Level 1 (L1) to Level 4 (L4) risk as defined by Global Affairs Canada. This approval process will remain in place for the balance of the Fall 2021 term and will be reassessed for the Winter 2022 term.
Other university-related travel, including conferences
Other university-related travel, including conferences (for faculty, staff or students), falls outside the scope of RMM #801. Faculty travelling internationally (e.g., for a conference) do not require approval, but in advance of travelling must inform their Chair of their plans including the timeline and destination, any potential travel risks, and a contact number in case of emergency. Staff travelling internationally on university-related business require approval from their supervisor and must also provide details of their travel plans and an emergency contact number.
Undergraduate and graduate student travel, outside of placements or research activities/field trips, requires approval from their supervisor or Chair.