Safety & Security Abroad

Update on COVID-19

For travel information and advisories, please visit the University of Alberta's Coronavirus Information Notice .

For Students Currently Abroad

Students currently abroad on University of Alberta programs can contact us at This email is monitored daily and we will reply as soon as possible.


UGo Travel Registry for Students/Staff

For students and staff planning for University-related activities abroad, education abroad program leaders planning for programs abroad, please refer to the University of Alberta's Off-Campus Activity and Travel Policy here.

Before leaving Alberta, students and staff are required to register with

In the event of an emergency or crisis situation while overseas, this information will help both the University of Alberta and the Government of Canada obtain knowledge of:

  • Where you are located
  • How to get in contact with you
  • How we can be of assistance to you
  • Your emergency contact information

Emergency Contact - Students are also required to provide an emergency contact in their online application account before going abroad.

International SOS

International SOS is a medical and travel security assistance service provided to University of Alberta students travelling abroad. The company provides the following services:

  • a website to find extensive health and security information about your destination that you can access before you leave and at your destination
  • an email and mobile app service that will send messages to you with the latest news about developing security or health threats in the region you are visiting

UAlberta Students can access the University's membership number and International SOS services here. (Please sign in to your UAlberta account to access the document)

Trip Cancellation Insurance

With recent events such as plane groundings due to technical issues, inclement weather, and demonstrations leading to flight cancellations and even airport closures, it's strongly recommended that students purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance. When purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance, students should review the fine print of the policy in case there are exclusions. For example, if coverage or compensation for flight disruptions due to airport closures is not covered, students may not be able to recover the costs of cancelled flights. The University's Student Care plan for graduates and undergraduates includes Trip Cancellation Insurance and a similar level of coverage should be provided if you are looking at other plans.

Vaccinations and Immunizations

Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

Routine Vaccines

  • Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
  • Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Vaccines to Consider

  • You may be at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases (e.g. Hepatitis A and B, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis) while travelling abroad. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are needed for the region you are travelling to.