Updated Nov 2, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, for guidance on research and travel (e.g. research, conferences, workshops), please review to the Guidance on Research and Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please follow your unit/department internal processes for approval.

Given that Global Affairs Canada has lifted the world-wide “avoid non-essential” travel advisory, as of November 3, 2021 university sanctioned activities abroad can now resume for U of T students for countries and regions that are listed at “exercise normal security precautions” and “exercise a high degree of caution”. Please follow the instructions and pre-departure steps as indicated on the Safety Abroad Student’s page well in advance of your travel abroad. Please contact the Safety Abroad Office ( if you have questions or you are a student traveling abroad. For additional updates from the university related to COVID-19, please visit  the VP Students COVID-19 FAQ page. 

In addition to reviewing with the Guidance on Research and Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic, please also note the following: 

  1. For research with a face-to-face component (on- or off-campus), please complete and submit the Face-to-Face (F2F) Human Participant Research Form. For more information, please refer to: Review Of Face-To-Face Human Participant and Off-Campus Research and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research FAQ.
  2. For off-campus research without a face-to-face (F2F), researchers may choose to complete the Off-Campus Safety Planning Record (Risk Assessment).*
  3. For off-campus non-research activities (e.g. academic field trip), please complete the Off-Campus Safety Planning Record (Risk Assessment).*

*This form is designed to guide units in assessing potential risks (COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 hazards). Non-COVID-19 hazards may include chemical and biological agents, remote travel, wild life, equipment/tools, etc.

Additional Guidelines contain detailed guidance for planning field research and implementing the requirements for reasonable care.

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