Travel Safety

Field studies, conferences, research trips, study abroad programming—MacEwan students and employees travel for many reasons. Before and during your university-related trips, you can take steps to stay safe, whether you're travelling outside the city, the province or the country. 

Important note on university travel

Please note the following regarding international travel for university purposes (as defined by the Travel Policy) during COVID-19:

Students – The university will not approve any international travel by students until after June 30, 2021.

Faculty and staff – International travel for faculty and staff has been suspended until April 30, 2021.

This restriction on travel aligns with advice from Alberta Health Services and the Government of Canada. The university will continue to monitor this issue and will reassess student travel abroad, as well as international travel by faculty and staff, in spring 2021.

Before you leave

Step 1: Plan your trip

Prior to booking any travel, it is important to understand the risks, local environment, health care system and security precautions related to the location(s) you are visiting.

  • Visit the International SOS member portal to learn more about your destination and to assist you with travel preparations.

  • Familiarize yourself with the hazards inherent to your destination.

  • Check Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisories.

  • Check your visa requirements to make sure you have a valid visa, if needed, and that your passport is valid for the period required.

  • Review your personal health insurance plan and understand the coverage limitations and exclusions.

Step 2: Get travel authorization

University-related travel must be authorized before you leave on your trip.

  • Students: contact your instructor, chair or dean.

  • Employees: check with your manager, director or the associate vice-president.

Step 3: Register your travel

All students who participate in university travel must register their trip using International SOS MyTrips.

When travelling internationally, students are also encouraged to sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service.

Step 4: Prepare for departure

There are things you can do prior to travel to remain safe and enjoy your trip:

Step 5: Get assistance while travelling

If you find yourself in an unsafe situation or if you are injured during your trip, follow these steps:

International travel

Medical issues

  1. Contact your health insurance provider for assistance and direction.

  2. Call MacEwan Security Services (1-780-497-5555) and inform them of the situation. Security Services will accept collect calls.

Non-medical issues

  1. Contact International SOS to connect with on-the-ground resources.

  2. Call MacEwan Security Services (1-780-497-5555) and inform them of the situation. Security Services will accept collect calls.

Domestic travel

If an emergency occurs while travelling in Canada, contact MacEwan Security Services (1-780-497-5555), 24 hours/day, 365 days/year.

Many travel resources are available to assist students, employees, Group Leaders, Travel Administrators and Travel Authorizers on MacEwan University's Health, Safety & Environment site.