The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic. The U.S. government advises against non-essential travel to most international destinations. We currently advise Faculty and Staff to seriously reconsider international travel, and only travel if it is essential to do so. Non-critical student travel is suspended until further notice.
Travel at this time may result in health risks, delays, and additional financial cost. The University cannot and does not assume responsibility for these risks. If you travel you must make emergency response plans that do not rely on the University or the U.S. government for assistance. Please review the important information below. Note that if you do not hold a U.S. passport additional planning may be required. Consult your home country embassy for additional resources.
- The Department of State (find your destination page) https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html as well as https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html
- The Centers of Disease Control & Prevention (find your destination page) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html
- CDC Travel page
- International Air Transport Association https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php
- The U.S. Embassy in your host country (see their COVID-19 response page)
- Your host organization, partners, etc. in country. It is important that you understand country conditions and regulations as they relate to COVID-19
- Immediately register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) https://step.state.gov/step/
Before any travel understand entry requirements for travelers from the U.S. Some countries maintain significant travel restrictions; most have specific requirements regarding COVID-19 testing and/or arrival quarantine. Please note that arrival isolation/ quarantine requirements vary widely country to country and may be quite costly. Review the U.S. Embassy website and/or your destination country embassy website for entry/exit restrictions and permissible categories of travel.
Please remember that all students (undergraduate and graduate) are required to work with CSU’s Education Abroad office as additional considerations apply. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Please do not forget to have your trip/ travel approved in Kuali TEM PRIOR to departure.
You are participating in this travel at your own discretion. CSU’s insurance policies contain COVID exclusions. CSU is not responsible for additional costs incurred during travel in these uncertain times. Please budget in advance for possible quarantine, flight cancelations, evacuations and travel delays. Please determine in advance, whether there are any grant, research or departmental funds available for these expenses. Please understand that for most instances there may be no department budget available, which would mean you need to plan accordingly.
Insurance summary of benefits can be found here. Carefully review this information. Like most international insurance plans there are exclusions for pandemics. If you need medical care, COVID-19 related or otherwise, that care will be provided at the nearest adequate medical facility that is receiving foreign nationals. You will not be evacuated to the U.S. unless it is deemed medically necessary. Note that CSU’s international health insurance is not travel insurance. There is no coverage provided for flight cancelations, travel interruptions, or quarantine costs.
Returning to campus
To protect the community and reduce possible exposure, all travelers are expected to closely follow CDC Guidance for after traveling internationally. Alert your department in advance and plan teaching and research duties accordingly.
Consult with a medical provider
The mortality rate for those infected with COVID-19 increases with both age and the presence of underlying medical conditions. Consult with a medical professional before departure. If possible CSU recommends that all travelers get vaccination against COVID-19 before travel; ensure that your itinerary does not impact your ability to receive necessary doses. Travelers are also advised to receive a flu shot and negative COIVD-19 test. See “resources” above to determine if your host destination requires a negative COVID-19 test for entry, what kind of test is needed as well as requirements on when that test must be taken. Bring an adequate amount of medicine in case of travel delays. Know that the availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 testing varies by country.
Foreign governments may implement restrictions with little notice, even in destinations that were previously low risk. This includes any destination you may travel through during layovers. If you choose to travel internationally, your trip may be severely disrupted, and it may be difficult to arrange travel back to the U.S. If borders close rapidly, they may not reopen for weeks or even months, inhibiting your return. Repatriation flights are not guaranteed. You are required to comply with all foreign government regulations.
International travel puts you at greater risk of exposure to COVID-19. Continue to use the COVID-19 Reporter to document any symptoms. The economic and social ramifications of COVID-19 may exacerbate the risks already present in in your destination. Anti-foreigner sentiments may increase. Hospital care and other emergency services may be at capacity and prioritizing residents. Some U.S. Embassies are not fully staffed, and they are unable to provide services to U.S. citizens. Review resources such as travel.state.gov so that you understand these risks and have mitigation strategies in place.
March 8th, 2020
Effective immediately all non-essential, non-athletic faculty, staff and international travel is suspended until further notice.
March 2nd, 2020
CSU is actively monitoring the ever-evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.