As per the Provincial Health Officer, it is not necessary to cancel planned events, outings, or trips to public locations in B.C., and Canada. However, travellers should understand that as global efforts to contain coronavirus (COVID-19) continue, the availability of health care services in some areas may be limited and travel restrictions may be put in place suddenly.
Faculty, staff and students travelling should take the usual health precautions during this flu season. Should you be concerned that you are exhibiting any flu-like symptoms upon your return to Prince George, please take the necessary precautions and notify your health-care provider.
Travel health notices
The Canadian Government has issued travel health notices to or from a number of countries affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Provincial Health Officer has stated that all persons returning from International travel are required to stay away from work or school and self-isolate for 14 days upon their return home.
Travel to restricted areas
If planning to travel to restricted areas please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and check the Government of Canada Travel Advisory website to make informed decisions to travel safely while abroad.
Travel insurance coverage
It is important to check with your travel insurance provider about coverage as travel insurance may not cover you when a Government advisory is 'Avoid Non-Essential Travel' or 'Avoid All Travel' to the area due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Conference and other research travel
International travel is currently not being approved and currently domestic travel should only be done if absolutely essential. If you have already booked travel, Air Canada is allowing one-time changes to tickets purchased between March 4 and March 31, 2020, for travel completed before Dec. 31, 2020 without incurring a change fee, and travel can be cancelled and credited against future travel. Westjet has similar arrangements. If you do plan on travelling, please check the cancellation/change policies of the airline.
Tri-Council is recommending purchase of travel insurance, however there are significant restrictions on this with regard to Covid-19.
If your travel is related to Tri-Council funding, the tri-council has indicated that reimbursement of non-refundable travel fees from agency funds is an acceptable expenditure. They have also indicated that additional costs (eg purchase of a partially refundable ticket) will be considered as economical travel. Learn more
UNBC travel grants
Existing Conference Travel Grants and Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards for travel that has been cancelled due to COVID-19 may be used to cover non-refundable expenses. Cancelled conferences will not be counted towards future grant applications.
The Conference Travel Grants program is currently under review, and no new grants are being awarded at this time. Graduate Student Research and Conference Travel Awards are also suspended until the risk of conference cancellation is past.
Incoming research assistants and other research personnel
Faculty who have planned for research assistants, graduate students, post-docs or other research personnel to come to UNBC from outside Canada prior to September 2020 are asked to contact Mark Barnes and provide information on when the individual is expected to arrive. This is just to ensure we are aware of international arrivals and make sure the appropriate supports are in place (e.g. plans for a 14-day self-isolation period in cases where travel is allowed).