Find answers to common questions regarding COVID-19 and OSU's response. Questions and answers are updated frequently, so check back often for more information.
U.S. and international travel restrictions remain largely in place and may change without notice. We encourage travelers to reconsider non-essential travel. For those who must travel, we encourage travelers to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel restrictions and the U.S. Department of State warning levels for COVID-19 risk when making decisions about travel. Travelers should follow these precautions and advice:
U.S. and international travel restrictions remain largely in place and may change without notice. We encourage travelers to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel restrictions and the U.S. Department of State warning levels for COVID-19 risk when making decisions about travel.
There is ongoing transmission of novel coronavirus within the United States and in countries throughout the world. Effective Jan. 26, 2021, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers 2 years of age or older entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Airlines are required to confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers 2 years of age and older prior to boarding. Airlines will deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. More information on the new requirements for a COVID-19 test or recovery for all air passengers arriving in the US is available here.
As a precaution, because you may have been exposed during your travels (domestic or international) please follow the CDC After You Travel guidance to keep your destination community safe. If you get sick with fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19, call Student Health Services (SHS) or a local medical clinic for further guidance before you visit the clinic.
Restrictions on entering the U.S. for international travelers due to COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website and include:
The duration of the travel restrictions is currently unknown. For all international travel, be aware that countries are implementing both international and internal movement restrictions, enforcing curfews, and commercial air travel options may be limited in certain places. The best resources for inquiries about flight availability are the individual air carriers serving each specific country.
If you decide to travel, be prepared, understand the risks and be advised that you might not be able to return to the U.S. for an unknown period, your trip could be disrupted or you may be quarantined upon your return. OSU is continually monitoring the travel restrictions; please contact the Office of International Services for the most up-to-date information.
Until further notice, all non-essential domestic and international OSU-sponsored travel remains suspended. The process for requesting exceptions is addressed in a separate question.
For domestic travel, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown indicates that it is essential for the health, safety and welfare of the state of Oregon during the ongoing state of emergency that individuals continue to stay at or near their home or place of residence when possible. Please check the Oregon Health Authority and Office of the Governor for the most current guidance and restrictions in Oregon. Here are considerations for domestic travelers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We further encourage travelers to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation while away.
For international travel, OSU remains under a travel suspension, which applies regardless of the CDC Notice or State Department Advisory Level. When the OSU travel suspension is revised or lifted, considerations will be made according to the OSU International Travel Policy, the then-current CDC and State notices and advisories, as well as changing pandemic-related travel conditions.
We are very much looking forward to resuming international travel as soon as conditions allow. Please contact the OSU Office of Global Opportunities (OSUGO) for the most current information on the status of study abroad programs and international travel destinations, new virtual options, or to petition for an exemption to the travel suspension.
Please also be aware that countries are implementing various international and internal movement restrictions and enforcing curfews, which could significantly limit your ability to travel freely during the pandemic.
Commercial air travel options can be very limited to and from certain locations. The best resources for inquiries about flight availability are individual air carriers serving each country or a private travel agency.
Please follow these standard precautions whether traveling domestically or internationally:
CDC Testing and International Air Travel Recommendations
Travel Health Precautions
U.S. Inbound international Travel
Updated Jan. 25, 2021
Until further notice, all non-essential domestic and international OSU-travel remains suspended.
For information about travel restrictions between Canada, Mexico and the USA, please reference the Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for those returning to the U.S. from abroad can be found at CDC After Travel Precautions.
Yes, we continue to recommend that all OSU personnel postpone booking future OSU-sponsored travel until the non-essential travel suspension is lifted.
These may be granted by the appropriate dean, vice provost or vice president. Exceptions should be rare, and requests should weigh the relative risks of travel against the potential serious disruption to research or university programs. Examples of essential travel may include:
Exceptions to OSU’s travel suspension may be granted by the relevant dean, vice provost or vice president.
Only if there is documentation of approval by a dean, vice provosts or vice presidents. Emails are sufficient.
Currently, in the event a credit is issued back in the traveler's name, the contracted agency and our central office coordinates with the individual and/or department to see if the unused ticket credit can be used for a future travel date. However, under the current circumstances we are examining whether there may be more flexibility with the university's contracted travel agency to provide alterative options.
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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms, stay home; avoid close contact with others; and contact your health care provider, Student Health Services, or an emergency medical care provider.