Reminder: International Travel for Work Purposes

From: Heather Boon, Acting Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture
Randy Boyagoda, Acting Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life
Date: June 16, 2023
Re: Reminder: International Travel for Work Purposes

Dear Colleagues,

In October 2022, the Assistant Vice President, International Engagement & Impact announced a partnership with International SOS to provide a range of travel-related services to faculty, librarians and staff including trip logistics and helpful pre-departure information, medical and mental health support, and assistance in the event of an emergency like a natural disaster or security incident.

As faculty, librarians, and staff continue to engage in international travel for university business, we encourage our community members to register for International SOS via the U of T Portal in advance of departure.

Registering for International SOS services will provide you with timely support should you need it during your travels and will keep you as safe and healthy as possible in the event of an individual or local/national crisis in a particular country. In the absence of registering for International SOS services, it will be up to your Faculty/Divisional Office to determine how best to provide you with support, which may result in longer response times. For example, if you need a doctor, dentist or mental health professional in the location you are visiting, International SOS can help refer you. If there is a natural disaster like a tornado or an earthquake, or security incident such as armed conflict or protests, International SOS can help extract you as quickly as safely as possible. If you lose your passport or need help finding a safe place to stay, International SOS can assist.   For more information about International SOS services available to you:  

In addition to signing up for International SOS we advise you to carefully review the following before your departure:  

If you have further questions about International SOS services or require assistance, please visit the HR Service Centre to submit a request for help.