Travel Restrictions - Effective thru June 30

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International Travel
University-related international travel through June 30, 2020. This prohibition applies to all faculty, staff, postdocs and students, and includes any travel associated with scholarly activities as a UC employee, including travel funded by a government grant, foundation, company or other university. We continue to strongly discourage all personal international travel by any UC community members.

Travelers returning from international travel are required to observe a 14-day period of self-quarantine and monitoring. During this period, faculty, staff, and students are not permitted to come to work, attend class or participate in any other campus or community activities.

All UC employees and students returning from international travel must register with University Health Services (UHS) via covidwatch@uc.edu, and receive specific guidance from UHS before returning to campus.

Domestic Travel
University-sponsored domestic air travel will continue to be limited to business essential until June 30, 2020. Approval will be given on an as-needed basis. We strongly urge extreme caution and judgment for your personal domestic travel, with particular attention to known outbreak areas.

Since travel by commercial carrier and stays in commercial venues poses higher risk of infection, please avoid such for university-related travel. Business-essential air travel will be approved only on an as-needed basis as determined by your dean or unit head/manager with final approval by the vice president.

We strongly urge extreme caution and judgment for your personal domestic travel, with particular attention to known outbreak areas.

We also strongly encourage everyone in the UC community to register with UC Travel prior to a trip.

As of March 13, 2020, domestic car travel is now limited to automobile travel that can be completed in a single day’s time. In traveling on one-day business needs, please participate in gatherings that are limited in size to less than 150 people.

Reporting Requirements
As a member of the campus community, you are required to report to University Health Services by emailing COVIDWatch@uc.edu with your name and cell phone number if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Anyone returning from international travel;
  • Returning from travel by cruise ship;
  • Please see the new Ohioans Protecting Ohioans page for details on the lifting of certain restrictions on movements of individuals: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/publicorders/Urgent-Health-Advisory.pdf. Note that while travel within the U.S. is now permitted, it is still discouraged. A 14-day quarantine is no longer required upon return from domestic travel, but is still required for all travelers returning internationally or from cruises.
  • Having had close contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19 by laboratory testing or with a presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19;
  • Or living on campus in University Housing and having symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (including flu-like symptoms with chills, muscle aches, and diarrhea, cough, shortness of breath, or fever).
  • In addition, the sudden loss of the sense of smell or taste can be an early sign of COVID-19 and should be immediately reported.
  • For more information on the reporting process, see Remember to Report details.

Visitors from Outside UC

Any visitors to campus should follow the above-listed reporting precautions and requirements. All visitors returning from international travel must complete a 14-day self-quarantine prior to entering any university facility or attending any event or meeting on campus. Additionally, all visitors traveling from any foreign country should register with University Health Services via covidwatch@uc.edu prior to entering any university facility or attending any event or meeting on campus.

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Travel Restrictions - Effective July 1

The coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, remains a concern and will be present in the community for an extended period of time. The University of Cincinnati will follow all appropriate federal and State of Ohio travel restrictions.

The goal of travel restrictions is to protect the health of the public, 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.

At the time of this writing, the CDC recommendation is to avoid all non-essential travel globally. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

These recommendations are subject to change as additional guidance is issued by the CDC and other federal authorities as well as State of Ohio and local authorities.

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

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 areas that did not do this lost more money and experienced more headaches than those that did when trying to cancel or rebook their travel. AAA does capture and report to travelers the frequent flier points they earn and there is no charge for on-line transactions. Use of a Purchasing Card is also strongly recommended. It simplifies the task of creating travel expense reports by those that perform those duties.

International Travel

Only essential international travel for official university business is permitted through the end of calendar year 2020. All international travel requires approval of the appropriate dean and vice president. Travel to countries that have CDC Level 3 or 4 travel warnings will only be approved under truly exceptional circumstances.

All international travelers, whether traveling on university business or for personal reasons, must report to COVIDWatch@uc.edu upon return and quarantine for 14 days. Faculty and staff should consult with their supervisor and HR prior to any international travel, either on university business or for other reasons, to determine how the quarantine period will be handled.

During this 14-day period, take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing. Use this temperature log to monitor your temperature.
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school.
  3. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.
  4. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

Domestic Travel

The COVID-19 outbreak in the United States is an evolving situation. The status of the outbreak varies by location and state and local authorities are updating their guidance frequently. Parts of the country may have different guidance than other areas. All travelers are advised to check with state and local authorities of where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination to be aware of any local circumstances and restrictions that may be in place.

Only essential travel for official university business is permitted through the end of calendar year 2020. Each unit will determine what is deemed essential travel. All domestic university travel requires the approval of the appropriate supervisor prior to travel.

Individuals who travel, either on university business or for other reasons, need to pay attention to the prevalence of coronavirus along their route and at their destination. Travelers who return from areas identified as hot spots or with significant COVID activity should report to COVIDWatch@uc.edu for advice as whether any quarantine, testing, and monitoring is required. Planning ahead is recommended so that you can wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands, sanitize surfaces, and be properly and safely prepared.

Faculty, Staff and Students who come into contact with COVID-19 positive individuals

All individuals who come into direct contact with COVID-19 positive patients must report to COVIDWatch@uc.edu for guidance and advice as to whether quarantine, testing, and monitoring are required.