Determine Advisory Level

The University of Waterloo considers guidance from the Canadian Government's Travel Advice and Advisories to determine the suitability of allowing travel to a particular international destination. If you intend to travel to a destination identified as Level 1 (Exercise normal security precautions) or Level 2 (Exercise a high degree of caution), you must follow the process for resuming University-sanctioned international travel.  

Travel to destinations identified as Level 3 (Avoid all non-essential travel) or Level 4 (Avoid all travel) by the Government of Canada’s Travel Advisories – areas considered high-risk by Waterloo – is not normally allowed. If you intend to travel to a Level 3 or Level 4 destination you must consult with your supervisor and receive approval from the Provost through the approval procedure for high-risk travel.  

To allow for sufficient time to gather information, assess and evaluate, please, where possible, submit the request for approval for high-risk travel several weeks, or months, in advance of travel dates. Please note that travel costs anticipated to be reimbursed using University administered funds must not to be incurred prior to travel being approved.

Approval Procedure for High-Risk Travel  

For questions regarding the high-risk travel approval process please contact safetyabroad@uwaterloo.ca.