Date Effective: March 1, 2022

The COVID-19 Steering Committee put in place travel restrictions and guidelines in line with Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) international travel advisories and the evolving state of the pandemic. The travel requirements can evolve and change rapidly. Caution remains recommended when considering any university-related travel as the pandemic continues to evolve.

General Requirements

You need to be fully vaccinated by completing a COVID-19 vaccine series at least 14 days before travelling. Although you are better protected against serious illness if you are vaccinated, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Regardless of vaccination:

  • You need to stay informed of COVID-19 activity at your destination, which can vary significantly and change quickly from one country to another and within regions of the country;
  • Use personal protective measures (like wearing a mask, washing hands and maintaining physical distancing where possible);
  • Follow any additional local public health measures while travelling;
  • Please check the GAC travel advisory prior to booking and again right before travel as conditions and advisories do change; and
  • Check and comply with all Canadian travel requirements, destination travel requirements and any requirements for entry/exit of the destination.

If you’re unvaccinated, you remain at a significantly increased risk of being infected with and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 when travelling. You should continue avoiding non-essential travel to all destinations.

International Travel Guidelines

With the pandemic continuing to be a challenge globally due to omicron (as well as the potential for new variants) and with vaccination coverage being low in some international destinations, the University still recommends that:

  • All university-related (including research and fieldwork) incoming and outgoing international travel, including to and from the United States, remains limited until further notice.

The University recognizes that there may be instances where international travel is preferable for work purposes and career development. Faculty and staff who are of the view that university-related international travel is preferable (namely that the reason/purpose of the trip cannot be conducted remotely and is critical for the work in question) may proceed should travel advisories and destination requirements permit.

Any persons must be fully vaccinated in compliance with the University’s Mandatory Vaccination Policy as well as federal and destination travel requirements. Individuals who are seeking to travel will need to ensure they obtain the necessary medical and travel insurance coverage.

Individuals travelling internationally are reminded that restrictions and conditions can change very rapidly and as result, it is recommended that a plan be prepared setting out how the risks associated with COVID-19 and the travel will be managed and mitigated. A checklist for international travel (PDF, 238 KB) has been developed to assist with preparing a plan, and questions can be addressed to the Office of Risk Management at risk@carleton.ca. Read our FAQ about the checklist.

It is also required that international travellers follow regular pre-COVID-19 travel approval processes, sign up for the International SOS support service, and register with Carleton’s Travel Registry.

Domestic Travel Guidelines

With the pandemic continuing to be a challenge in parts of the country due to omicron (as well as the potential for new variants) and vaccination coverage differing across the country/regions the University still recommends that:

  • All university-related (including research and fieldwork) non-essential domestic travel should be cautiously undertaken and remain limited.
  • All persons must comply with any federal, provincial, territorial and local public health measures to travel and at their final destination including physical distancing and masking requirements.

It is also required that travellers follow regular pre-COVID-19 travel approval processes.

Alternatives to Travel

If you have upcoming university-sponsored travel plans, consider instead conducting your business or meetings through teleconferencing or videoconferencing.