Subject: Changes to the University’s international travel policy
From: Chris Williams, Safety Officer, University Safety Office
- Departmental Safety Office contacts (for action)
- Heads of Administration and Finance and Heads of Department (for information)
- HoDs, HAFs and Safety Officers to note that Safety Office approval for international travel is now only required for countries to which the FCDO advises against travel
- Safety Officers to update local processes as appropriate, and consider using the template email below to notify staff and students about the change
I am writing to let you know that University’s Health and Safety Executive has agreed changes to the University’s international travel policy, effective immediately, following recent updates to Government guidance.
Previously, all international travel on University business (apart from a small number of exceptions) required risk assessments to be reviewed by the University Safety Office.
However, in light of changing Government guidance, Safety Office sign-off is now only required where staff or students plan to travel to a country or region to which the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against travel.
Travel to countries where there are no FCDO travel advisories can now be reviewed in accordance with departmental approval processes (and without Safety Office review). This now includes most countries on the UK Government’s ‘amber list’.
Other aspects of the University’s international travel policy – including the current requirement for Head of Department/Faculty Board Chair sign-off – are now under review and updated guidance will follow in the near future.
Please share this information with staff and students taking part in international travel as appropriate. Optional suggested wording for an email can be found below for these purposes, should it be useful.
For more information, please go to the Safety Office website.
Dr Chris Williams
University Safety Officer
Tel: 01865 (2) 70809
Mob: 07981 70092