Notice: COVID-19 resources, information and plans for current and upcoming academic terms. Learn more.

Upcoming Academic Terms: Info and Plans

Travel

  • Until further notice, no international travel by faculty, researchers, staff and students that the University is funding or sponsoring is allowed.
  • Travellers arriving from outside of Canada will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, and monitor their health for symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
  • Travellers experiencing even mild symptoms, should call HealthLine 811 for advice.
  • Travel outside of Saskatchewan but within Canada will require the Dean’s or Director’s approval.
  • Read: Information sheet for students, faculty, and staff arriving from international travel, including the United States

Personal International Travel

  • Any faculty or staff members who have returned from personal, international travel within the past two weeks, must self-isolate for a period of 14 days before returning to work.
    • To speed up your arrival process in Canada, use the ArriveCAN app to submit your information up to 48 hours before arriving in Canada.
  • During the isolation period, arrangements should be made with your supervisor to work remotely from home.
  • If you are unable to work remotely, arrangements can be made with your supervisor to cover your self-isolation period with sick leave, vacation, or unpaid leave time.

Out-of-country coverage under Sun Life's Extended Health Care (EHC)

If you are an Academic, APT or Out-of-Scope staff member, you may have coverage. You can verify coverage by:

  • Logging in to the uregina.ca/sunlife website,
  • Logging on to the Sun Life mobile app,
  • Contacting the Sun Life Client Care Centre at 1-800-361-6212 or
  • Contacting Human Resources at the University of Regina at benefits@uregina.ca.

Out-of-country Travel Coverage

The Sun Life out-of-country benefit includes coverage in the event of epidemics or pandemics. If you have out-of-country coverage under your plan, you’ll remain covered for COVID-19 and any other out-of-country medical emergencies.

  • Missed flights and other related expenses are not covered.
  • Cancelled trip expenses are not covered.

If you have out-of-country coverage and you experience symptoms of illness (including COVID-19), then you can call Allianz for help (available 24/7):

  • In Canada and the USA, call: 1-800-511-4610
  • From anywhere else, call: 1-519-514-0351. You can reach this number through an international operator.
  • These numbers are also available on your Travel Card. You can find your Travel Card on the my Sun Life mobile app.

Definitions

  • Emergency is an acute illness or accidental injury that requires immediate, medically necessary treatment prescribed by a doctor.
  • Emergency services are any reasonable medical services or supplies required as a result of an emergency including: advice, treatment, medical procedures or surgery.
    • If you have a chronic disease, emergency services do not include your maintenance treatment.
  • Maintenance treatment is your regular treatment program that existed before you left your home province.

Quarantine

Expenses during and after a period of quarantine are not covered by Sun Life. Even if the quarantine is directed by a doctor or medical professional. This applies to accommodation costs, meals etc.

Trip Duration

  • The trip duration limit is 365 days of leaving the province where the person lives for employees who are actively at work or on a paid leave of absence.
  • 90 days of leaving the province where the person lives for employees who are on an unpaid leave of absence and continue to maintain their extended health coverage by prepaying the premium.
  • If you are unable to return home, the standard trip duration limit in your Sun Life contract applies. There are no extensions.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Sun Life will not cover the cost of Covid-19 tests. This is because Sun Life does not consider it treatment for a medical emergency.
  • If you pay for the cost of a private test, it may be eligible under your health spending account (HSA). For it to be eligible, the Covid-19 test must be prescribed by a doctor, nurse practitioner or a dentist.

More Information

We recommend you review the Government of Canada’s advice to avoid non-essential travel. It’s also recommended you review the Government of Saskatchewan’s travel information.

Study Abroad & Global Mobility programs

  • UR International is restoring international mobility and student exchange virtually, for the Winter 2021 term.
  • Although physical mobility is not possible, we are restoring virtual international mobility programming.
    • This includes inbound and outbound virtual exchanges
  • Students will be able to participate in virtual classes from partner institutions from their home, while broadening their worldview and engaging with students and faculties from all over the world.
  • Our partner institutions' students will be able to participate in U of R virtual and online classes as well.
  • The Study Abroad and Global Mobility office will continue to work with exchange students, partner universities and associated agencies to offer virtual exchange programs.
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced special measures to help temporary and permanent residents, including those here on study permits, who are affected by service disruptions due to the novel coronavirus.
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