When travelling as a Mount Allison staff or faculty member, it's important to remember that safe travel practices are as applicable to faculty and staff as they are to students. You are not exempt from local laws, crime and political unrest just because you represent a Canadian university. Every year, university personnel from Canada end up needing assistance abroad due to injury, illness, civil unrest or other difficulties. Being prepared for these risks before you go can help ensure that your trip is safe and successful.
Travel Health Insurance
Travel Health Insurance is an important component of your travel preparations, whether you're travelling for work or pleasure. Read the fine print, Medavie Blue Cross may not cover you if you are engaged in high risk activities, or travelling to destinations with a travel warning or advisory. Check with Medavie Blue Cross to ensure you are covered for the duration of your international travel and make sure you carry your Travel Card for emergencies. Purchase supplementary travel health insurance, if necessary. Contact New Brunswick Medicare to have your provincial coverage extended if you will be out of the country for more than 212 days.
Register with the Canadian Government
The Registry of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) is a free service offered by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada that keeps you connected to Canada in case of an emergency abroad, such as an earthquake or civil unrest, or an emergency at home. Whether you're planning a vacation or living abroad, sign up in a few minutes or less. Note that this service is intended for Canadian citizens but a similar service may be available for faculty and staff who do not have Canadian citizenship. Check the website of the equivalent of the Foreign Affairs department of your home country.
Ensure your Destination is Safe
Check with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to determine if there are any travel warnings or advisories for your destination. Remember that travelling to a destination with a travel warning is unadvisable and may mean that your travel health insurance is null and void.
Stay in Touch
Always ensure that someone in your department and/or a family member has a copy of your itinerary. Prearrange to Check-in at regular intervals so that someone will know if you have gone missing.