Safety Abroad

A Global Travel Advisory is in place until further notice - All Student Mobilty/Travel is cancelled to all regions until December 31, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Western's COVID-19 Website

All students, staff and faculty planning international travel should take the initiative to learn about their host country and take reasonable precautions to ensure they stay healthy and safe. This includes becoming familiar with Western's Safety AbroaPolicy.

Western has also invested in International SOS (ISOS), a worldwide service available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, should you need emergency assistance. ISOS also provides information and resources to help you plan your trip.

Steps for travelling internationally on University sanctioned* activities:

* University sanctioned international travel refers to any activities involving travel outside of Canada that have been approved, authorized, and/or supported by a Western University unit, department, staff, and/or faculty member.

Students, please consult Western's glossary of International Learning terms to determine if your travel falls within these parameters.

Safety Abroad News & Updates

May 4, 2020
Update: All Student Mobility/Travel cancelled to all regions until Dec. 31, 2020 due to COVID-19

March 11, 2020
Coronavirus Update - All Student Mobility/Travel cancelled to all regions until June 1, 2020

February 28, 2020
Coronavirus Update - Student Mobility/Travel cancelled to specific regions March 1 to Sept 1,2020

February 10, 2020
Coronavirus Update: Travel to China and Other International Locations

January 8, 2020
Travel to Australia - Bushfires Update

December 9, 2019
Update on Winter & Summer 2020 programs in Hong Kong and advice for travellers to the region

Western values the international collaborations and research of its faculty members and students. It also recognizes, understands, and appreciates the heightened risk that some individuals experience when conducting field work abroad. As a result, Western has a wide range of strategies and resources in place to deal with critical international incidents. Among these resources, Western is a member of International SOS which provides advice and services to members regarding safe travel and emergency evacuation. Western also has comprehensive insurance coverage and a Campus Police service that has experience in dealing with international embassies and the RCMP. Western is prepared and has been proactive in mitigating the risks assumed by our faculty in doing international work.