By supporting you in understanding and mitigating the possible risks you may encounter, U of T Safety Abroad is dedicated to supporting safer student experiences abroad. Review the steps below to get started on learning more about what you are required to do in order to travel on university activity, and how U of T Safety Abroad can help you.
Safety Abroad Requirements
Before travelling on university activity abroad, there are certain steps that you must complete.
- Review your destination’s Global Affairs Canada Travel Advisory*
- Complete a Safety Abroad pre-departure workshop
- Secure appropriate and sufficient travel health insurance
- Add your trip to the Safety Abroad Registry
*For travel to higher risk locations, see the “Travel Advisories” section below.
Do the Safety Abroad requirements apply to me?
Yes, if you’re traveling on University Activity! Not sure if you’re traveling on university activity?
University activity is defined as any of the following:
- Activity that is funded in part or in whole by the university
- Activity that is organized, sanctioned, or administered by the university
- Activity which provides participants with academic credit
Now that you know you’re traveling on university activity, it’s important to research the advisory level for the location to which you’re traveling. This will help guide what your next steps should be.
What are the Travel Advisories?
U of T refers to the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Travel Advice and Advisories to assess the risks associated with a particular country. These Travel Advisories have four levels under which countries, and sometimes regions within countries, can fall:
Exercise normal security precautions
Exercise a high degree of caution
Avoid non-essential travel*
Avoid all travel*
Check the travel advisory level for your destination(s).
Are you traveling to a higher risk destination?
If the location to which you’re planning travel is considered Level 3 (Avoid non-essential travel) or Level 4 (Avoid all travel), this is considered higher risk travel. You may need to complete a Safety Planning Record and meet with the Safety Abroad Advisor.
*If you are planning to travel to one of these higher risk level regions, please contact Safety.Abroad@utoronto.ca as soon as possible to learn about these additional requirements
The updated version of the Safety Abroad Workshop has now been launched.
- If you have completed the Safety Abroad Workshop in the past 18 months, please don’t worry. We still have the record of your completion status. If you need confirmation of your completion status, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions or concerns, please email email@example.com
You must complete a Safety Abroad Workshop prior to your departure. Once complete, the Workshop is valid for 18 months.
What is the Safety Abroad Workshop?
The Safety Abroad Workshop is accessible online and in-person and covers topics such as health and wellness, personal safety, and intercultural awareness. The workshop is designed to help you identify and mitigate risks in your international destination. You must complete the workshop prior to your departure.
How do I register?
Online: Register here to access the workshops online through Quercus. You’ll be able to complete the modules at your own pace and even log back in if you want to review any material in the future.
In-Person: All in-person workshops are cancelled until further notice. Online workshops are still available.
If you have any questions about in-person workshops or in-person group presentations, please contact Safety.Abroad@utoronto.ca.
Already completed a workshop?
If you completed a Safety Abroad Workshop in the last 1.5 years (perhaps for a previous university-related trip abroad), you will not need to complete another one! Not sure if your Workshop is still valid? Contact us.
If you will be travelling, make sure to contact your health insurance provider and check your coverage is activated.
Before you go, you will be asked to confirm you have secured appropriate and sufficient travel health insurance. You will also be asked for your travel health insurance information when adding your trip details to the Safety Abroad Registry.
Why do I need Travel Health Insurance?
Health care costs can be extremely high overseas, and your Canadian health insurance will likely only cover a small percentage, or nothing at all, of your costs. In order to avoid paying far more than expected for your trip, you will need travel health insurance.
How do I get Travel Health Insurance?
You may already have travel health insurance coverage through your student union!
Read more about how to check if you are covered, find out what is considered “appropriate and sufficient”, and learn more about what to consider when selecting travel health insurance on our Resources – Health & Wellness page.
Before you leave, you will need to register your travel in the Safety Abroad Registry.
What is the Safety Abroad Registry?
The Safety Abroad Registry allows U of T Safety Abroad to track your travel dates and location so that we can offer support and emergency assistance.
You need to complete a registration for each trip you go on. One trip can have multiple locations.
How can I add my information to the Safety Abroad Registry?
You can register here.* In order to register, have your emergency contact, health insurance, passport and local contact information ready.
Once you have registered, you will be asked to e-sign the Consent and Terms of Participation waivers.
*If you are unable to register your trip, please contact Safety.Abroad@utoronto.ca.