Global travel advisory

Covid 19

University Sponsored Travel

The COVID-19 Omicron variant has led some countries, including Canada, to implement new travel restrictions. McGill is not cancelling University-sponsored travel at this time, however we may be required to do so should the situation change/worsen. Given this, those planning on travelling abroad over the coming months may wish to reconsider, and are urged to fully evaluate the potential safety, financial and academic risks involved.

Please see the Guidelines for travel during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic travel below for more details.  

COVID-19 Updates

New requirements for travel to/from Canada

Rules for entering and flying out of/within Canada (both by flight and land border), COVID-19 testing, vaccination & 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.

VIA Rail

Passengers who choose to change their travel plan due to COVID-19 will be accommodated. For maximum flexibility, passengers can cancel or modify their reservation at any time prior to departure during the month of March and April and receive a full refund in addition to not incurring any service charges, regardless of when they purchased their ticket. This includes all travel up to and including April 30, 2020, as well as any travel after April 30, 2020, if their outbound train is on or before April 30, 2020.

The most recent updates are available on ViaRail's website.


  • Applicable to faculty, staff and students traveling for University related activities being funded through the University
  • Applicable for faculty and staff personal leisure trips, including up to three additional persons traveling together with the McGill person
  • The discount is applicable on all fare types - exception Escape Fares
  • Via FOAPAL form: Rail tickets (worldwide) will be paid by the Travel Desk upon receipt of the invoice and FOAPAL form sent to them by Direct Travel - once the rail ticket has been issued – no intervention is required on the part of the Traveler
  • Payment with a personal credit card is possible for academic or research related travel.
  • Downtown to downtown station locations
  • Free wifi onboard, power outlet at seat
  • 18 departures between Toronto and Ottawa
  • Travel often to the same city, consider purchasing a BizPak

How do I book?

To access restricted content in this section of the website, please click here and enter your McGill Username and Password. Then another tab will appear on the left hand side menu under "VIA Rail - How to book". On this page you will see the link to VIA Rail's McGill landing page.

University Travel Registration Form for Faculty and Staff

It is imperative that you register your travel information using the on-line University Travel Registration form for Faculty and Staff. If you are not already logged in, you will be required to log-in for access.


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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