Travel information

An official global travel advisory is in effect: Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.

There are also increased health risks for Canadian travellers abroad. Because of these risks, the Government of Canada advises you to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice, this includes cruise ships.

It is important for all travellers to:

  • self-isolate for 14 days after your return from travel outside of Canada
    • some provinces and territories may have specific recommendations for certain groups such as health care workers
  • Monitor your health for fever, cough or difficulty breathing


International Travel Registry

International travel is a key component of the uOttawa experience, and the health and well-being of travellers is a priority for the University. Following the decision of the University Administration Committee, registration to the new uOttawa International Travel Registry is now mandatory for students and non-academic staff. If you are currently abroad, you must register. Registration is highly recommended for faculty members.

Taking a few moments to register your travel details will allow the University to provide you with access to alerts and travel advice from International SOS and enable us to contact you directly in the event of an emergency.

If you have questions regarding your travel insurance, please check with your insurance provider.


Return to Canada

If you have recently travelled countries affected by COVID-19, you may have come in contact with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you have travelled to an affected areas, the Public Health Agency of Canada asks that you do the following for 14 days after you arrive to Canada:

  • monitor your health for fever, cough and difficulty breathing
  • If you start having symptoms, isolate yourself from others as quickly as possible.
  • Call a health care professional or Ottawa Public Health (613-580-6744). Describe your symptoms and travel history.
  • To further protect those around you, wash your hands often and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

Undergraduate students who are self-isolating should contact their faculty. Graduate students should contact their program to arrange for accommodations.

Since the situation is rapidly changing, travellers returning from new affected areas should follow the same advice listed above.

Ontario Residents:

Travellers who have returned from Hubei province (China) or Iran, where returning travellers are advised to self-isolate should:

  • contact their local public health unit within 24 hours of arriving in Canada
  • stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in their home, for a total of 14 days from the date they left Hubei province (China) or Iran
  • contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or their local public health unit if they experience symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus

Travellers who have returned from areas under a travel health advisory for COVID-19 should:

  • monitor themselves for symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus for 14 days after leaving the affected area
  • contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or their local public health unit if they experience symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus

Quebec Residents:

Quebec residents who develop fever or cough symptoms or respiratory difficulties when they return from a trip outside of Canada are invited to contact Info‑Santé 811 or call toll free: 1-877-644-4545 or TTY 1-800-361-9596.

As needed, the caseworker will tell them what institution to visit for a check-up. If a consultation is required, it is important for residents to inform the health care facility about their travel history before they go to the facility or when they arrive so that the necessary preventive measures can be taken.

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