New registry supports international travel

- University of Victoria

UVic students, faculty and staff can pack extra peace of mind when they travel overseas, thanks to a new travel registry and emergency medical and travel assistance service.

UVic has partnered with International SOS—a global medical and travel security assistance service—to provide pre-departure education, trip registration and emergency travel assistance to UVic faculty, students and staff participating in university-sponsored activities. International SOS is the travel security provider of choice for many Canadian universities, including UBC and SFU. 

“We’re very pleased to be able to offer the International SOS service to our campus community,” says AVP Academic Planning Nancy Wright. “Not only does it enhance our ability to educate UVic community members about travelling safely, but in an emergency it will help us locate and communicate with faculty, staff and students if they’re outside Canada on university business.” 

Through International SOS, UVic community members now have access to a web-based travel registry that alerts registered travellers to medical, security and other travel advisories associated with their destinations. In the event of a security incident or natural disaster in a particular region, the registry will assist the university by providing the registered locations of UVic students, faculty and staff in that area.

“We urge students, faculty and staff to register their university-related travel with International SOS before any international trip,” says Wright. “It’s a free service that’s there to help ensure our trips go smoothly.”

International SOS offers access to 24/7 worldwide medical, security, travel and emergency assistance. Travellers can call and receive unlimited advice from multilingual nurses, doctors, logistics and travel security experts, for issues ranging from lost wallets to medical evacuations. Members can also sign up for health and security email alerts, and download a free Assistance App to access online reports and information.

The Off-Campus Activity Risk Management Policy (AD2210) has been revised to reflect the availability of the International SOS registry and resources, which are initially being offered on a two-year pilot basis.

The new policy and service are the result of recommendations made in 2016 by the Ad Hoc Off-Campus Travel Committee, reporting to the AVP Academic Planning and AVP Human Resources. 

Visit the UVic Travel Safety page for more information about travelling internationally for faculty, students and staff.

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