Travel & Study Abroad

The coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, remains a concern and will be present in the community for an extended period of time. All units and members of the campus community will follow the university’s travel policies, which are informed by appropriate federal and State of Ohio restrictions.

The goal of travel restrictions is to protect the health of the general public as well as that of our faculty, staff and students.

Faculty, staff and students involved in clinical care must follow the restrictions and guidance of any health system or clinical entity in which they participate in clinical activities.

These recommendations are subject to change as additional guidance is issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal authorities as well as state and local authorities.

At the time of this writing, the CDC’s recommendations are to avoid all non-essential travel globally.

This is also a reminder that anyone who is ill should not come to work, whether they have recently traveled or not.

Updates

  • Only essential international travel for official university business by members of the campus community is permitted through August  9, 2021. 
  • All international travel requires approval of the appropriate dean or vice president.
  • Domestic air travel will continue to be limited to business essential through August 9, 2021.
  • All study abroad is canceled and prohibited for the Spring and Summer Semesters.
  • International and certain domestic travel as well as close contact and/or symptoms of COVID-19 require reporting to University Health Services.  

External travel links

Travel policies

UC policy requires all travel to be requested in advance via Concur. Concur provides travelers information specific to every country considered for travel. Based on the uncertainty of future travel plans, it is strongly recommended that all travel be booked via UC’s contracted travel agency, AAA. Based on recent experiences, those units that did not so lost more money and experienced more difficulties when trying to cancel or rebook travel.

Finally, use of a university purchasing card is also strongly recommended. It simplifies the task of creating travel expense reports by those who perform those duties.

International travel

Only essential international travel for official university business is permitted through August 9, 2021. All international travel requires approval of the appropriate dean or vice president. Travel to countries that have CDC Level 3 or 4 travel warnings will only be approved under truly exceptional circumstances.

All study abroad is canceled and prohibited for the Spring and Summer Semesters. Students who travel abroad despite this travel restriction are embarking on personal travel. As such, student personal travel abroad does not have university support; and therefore, UC cannot endorse travel documents nor provide assistance with insurance or other financial matters. There is there is no guarantee of credit transfer for personal travel abroad.

All international travelers, whether traveling on university business or for personal reasons, must report via the UC COVID Check app upon return and quarantine for up to 10 days. The duration of quarantine depends on the availability of test results. If you remain without symptoms and have a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine, you may be released after 7 full days of quarantine, so on day 8. If you are unable to be tested or choose not to be tested, you will be released after 10 full days of quarantine, so on day 11, as long as you do not develop any symptoms.

(UC's COVID Check app is free and easy to use. It can be downloaded through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. A web-based REDCap survey is also available as an alternative to using the app.)

Faculty and staff should consult with their supervisor and Human Resources prior to any international travel, either on university business or for other reasons, to determine how the quarantine period will be handled.

During the quarantine period, practice social distancing and take these steps to monitor your health:

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Use this temperature log to track your temperature.
  2. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  3. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work on site or attend in-person classes
  4. When around others, keep your distance (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
  5. Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride-shares.

Domestic travel

Only essential travel for official university business is permitted through August 9, 2021. Each unit will determine what is deemed essential travel. All domestic university travel requires the approval of the appropriate supervisor prior to travel.

Whether traveling on essential university business or for personal reasons, be aware that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States is evolving. The status of the outbreak varies by location, and state and local authorities are frequently updating their guidance.

Ohio's latest guidance and travel advisories are updated weekly. Currently, those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for up to 10 full days.

UC's travel protocols for students entering from states that are identified as having high rates of COVID-19 infection requires these students to quarantine for up to 10 full days before arrival on campus. These students must also register with the university via the UC COVID Check app. (UC's COVID Check app is free and easy to use. It can be downloaded through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. A web-based REDCap survey is also available as an alternative to using the app. Already, approximately 17,000 campus community members have downloaded the app.)

At the end of the 10 full days, if the student has remained without symptoms, UHS will provide notice to both the student and University Housing that the quarantine has ended, and the student may move into University Housing.  

Positivity rate is an indicator of how much COVID-19 there is in a community, and ODH is recommending against travel to those states with high positivity. If someone must travel, ODH is recommending 14 days of self-quarantine after leaving those locations. This advisory is intended for both leisure and business travel and should be heeded by both Ohioans and out-of-state travelers.

Parts of the country may have different guidance than other areas. All travelers are advised to check with state and local authorities on the prevalence of the virus and area-specific guidance at the starting point of their travels, along the route, and at the planned destination to be aware of any local circumstances and restrictions that may be in place.

Planning ahead is recommended: Wear a facial covering, practice social distancing, wash your hands, sanitize surfaces, and be properly and safely prepared.

Travelers who return from areas identified as hot spots or with significant COVID-19 activity should report via the UC COVID Check App for advice as whether any quarantine, testing and monitoring is required.

External travel links

Study abroad

There will be no faculty-led study abroad nor semester-long study / co-op abroad permitted during Spring and Summer Semesters 2021. There is an exception for international students studying or co-oping in their home countries. Students are discouraged from taking part in any personal international travel during the semester, as upon return, they are then required to complete a 14-day self-quarantine prior to entering any university facility or attending any event or meeting on campus.