The University will permit unrestricted domestic travel for the fall semester and Wintersession, according to a Wednesday email to students from Associate Provost for International Affairs and Operations Aly Kassam-Remtulla. The suspension on international travel for undergraduate students, however, will continue, with one exception for students traveling to and from approved Study Abroad programs.
These new guidelines will take effect on Aug. 23, 2021. Until then, April guidelines will remain in effect. University-sanctioned travel has been largely suspended since the onset of the pandemic.
The news comes after a series of recent announcements about the fall semester, such as the lifting of mask and social distancing requirements, vaccination requirements for all faculty, staff, and students, and a return to full residential life.
Although there are no set restrictions on domestic travel, all are asked to take local regulations into consideration.
“Domestic travel may resume with no restrictions, but travelers must always be certain that their trips are feasible under any locally applicable public health restrictions,” Kassam-Remtulla wrote.
University-sanctioned international travel for undergraduate students is prohibited, but personal international travel for undergraduates is possible and will require approval from the student’s Director of Student Life and Global Safety & Security concurrence. Travel to and from approved international Study Abroad programs is also permitted. International travel for faculty, researchers, staff, and graduate students may occur with varying requirements depending on the applicable U.S. State Department travel advisory level.
Graduate students, unlike faculty and staff members, are prohibited from traveling to countries subject to a U.S. State Department Level 4 Advisory warning. These currently include the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Fiji, and other countries experiencing high levels of COVID-19 or other threats.
All University-sanctioned travel must continue to be registered via Enroll My Trip.
According to Kassam-Remtulla, these guidelines will be re-evaluated at the end of September for Wintersession, and revised guidelines for the Spring 2022 term will be sent out in mid-November.