Suspension of University-sponsored Travel

Covid 19

Travel suspension reminder

University-sponsored travel continues to be suspended until further notice. Deans and unit heads (AVP level or above) may grant exemptions for mission-critical, time-sensitive activities within Canada, as well as select international activities.  

All authorized travel must be arranged through McGill’s official travel management company.

Please see link below for more details.

COVID-19 Updates

New requirements for travel to Canada

Rules for entering Canada (both by flight and land border), COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements are frequently being updated by the Canadian Government. 

Please check the links below regularly for the latest news and developments, as the situation is continually evolving.

Airline Policies COVID-19

 Please click on the links below to see the most up to date and detailed airline policies. This information is also likely to change depending on rapidly-evolving circumstances.

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Travel Services 

is developing the McGill Travel Management Program, which includes the

contracting of travel-related suppliers.

The McGill community is encouraged to use the transportation (train, air, vehicle rental) suppliers whenever feasible, for


travel and for incoming visitors being funded through the University.

Travel Services & Travel Management Program

Travel Management Program (TMP)   


The entire McGill travel and expense portfolio is being reviewed in an effort to cut travel and accommodation costs and streamline administrative processes. 

The ultimate goal is simple: save money, simplify bookings and add value for McGillians who book travel for university activities.



Why do we need a TMP?

In 2011, the university’s Strategic Reframing Initiative identified the modernization of McGill's travel portfolio as a cost-saving opportunity, and a way of improving processes and efficiencies. In short, we decided to take the travel and expense management into the 21st century.

Following market research and benchmarking in collaboration with Advisory and Steering Committees (representing major faculty travel spenders), objectives were defined:  

  • Improve customer service
  • Reduce costs
  • Improve process efficiencies
  • Improve control and compliance
  • Adhere to the principles of corporate social responsibilities
  • Enhance reporting and auditing capabilities

Essentially, the program aims to transform the University’s entire travel and expense processes by:

  • Automating the process
  • Negotiating deals with travel suppliers to get the best prices
  • Simplifying payments
  • Mitigating travel risk

How will the TMP work?

Because we're working with a contracted Travel Management Company, we're able to negotiate travels prices that are often lower. The online booking tool customized for McGill will simplify transactions.

As more McGillians use the TMP, we'll be able to gather data on the most frequent destinations and other information that can help us negotiate better and better deals over time.   

Careful management of McGill’s travel spending on travel is an important element of the TMP. 



Travel Management Program Vision

Important notice for international travelers

The Government of Canada provides essential information on travel health risks and preventive measures to keep you safe during your travels. It is important to review the Travel website of Canada each time before you book your travels. Under Travel Health Notices the Public Health Agency of Canada outline potential health risks to Canadian travelers and recommend ways to help reduce them.


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