Although UVic remains firmly committed to international education, we are also facing significant travel restrictions for inbound and outbound travel in Canada (GAC level 3 Global Travel Advisory) and in many countries around the world. Taking direction from federal, provincial and local health authorities, UVic has made the decision to place a hold on university sanctioned, outbound global student mobility programs until such time that the Canadian government lifts the global travel advisory (GAC Level 3) (including exchange, co-operative education, practica, and internships).

Individual students who have special circumstances or are participating in graduate programs where international travel is necessary can request permission to continue in a UVic sanctioned program or activity abroad. This temporary process to review and approve requests has been established to facilitate special authorization to travel.

Academic units are best positioned to determine the importance of international mobility for their students/programs. As such, in order to continue in a UVic sanctioned program or activity abroad, a Special Authorization for Travel Form needs to be signed by the student, their supervisor/program lead and their dean.

COVID-19 Special Authorization to Travel form

After completing the form and obtaining signatures, submit the signed form to the Office of Global Engagement:

The form must be received in the OGE no later than 6 weeks prior to the student's travel.


The University has created a webpage dedicated to providing information and updates related to the current situation around COVID-19: UVic COVID-19