Travel during the coronavirus pandemic

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).

Returning travellers

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.

When entering Canada, you will need to satisfy the Canadian Border Services Officer that you have a plan to quarantine for 14-days. This is mandatory. If you do not have an adequate place to quarantine (self-isolate), the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada will designate a facility where you must remain for 14 days.

Please visit the Government of Canada website for complete information on the requirements for travelers returning to Canada.

Travel to restricted areas

If planning to travel to restricted areas please contact safety@unbc.ca 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. 


Research-related travel

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 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).