OSU Travel

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

  • Travelers should get a viral test 1-3 days before and 2–5 days after their flight. (Wait for your test results to come back before you travel. If your test result is positive, immediately isolate yourself and follow public health recommendations. Do not travel if your test result is positive.)
  • A negative test does not mean that you were not exposed or that you will not develop COVID-19.
  • Make sure to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, and watch your health for signs of illness while traveling.
  • Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel. Airport, airline, or other authorities may ask you for them.
  • Get tested 2–5 days after your flight, and stay home for 14 days after returning from your trip.
  • Watch for symptoms for a full 14 days after travel, immediately isolate yourself if you develop symptoms, and follow public health recommendations.
  • In addition to testing, take steps to limit exposures and avoid higher-risk activities for 14 days before your trip. All travelers with a known exposure to COVID-19 should quarantine, delay travel for 14 days after exposure, test themselves, and monitor their health.
  • Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these everyday actions to protect others from getting COVID-19:
    • Stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you. It is important to do this everywhere -- both indoors and outdoors.
    • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are in shared spaces, outside of your home, including when using public transportation.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.
    • Follow all state, territorial, tribal, and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

While Traveling

  • Travel with a full supply of any regular medications. Prescription medications should always be packaged in original containers.
  • Travel with all key documents, including health insurance, passport and official identification.
  • Keep cell phones charged and operational; check email daily; consider getting an extra battery or power bank.
  • If you develop symptoms, call your insurance provider, the local health care facility, hotline or national emergency number to seek medical advice. Follow the procedure for your location. When travelling to a medical facility, consider wearing a mask, using private transport and avoiding close contact with others as much as possible.
  • Continue to stay informed about your travel destinations by checking the U.S. State Department and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) websites; registering for the STEP Program or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country of citizenship; monitoring local news; and consulting with your international insurance provider.
  • Follow the directives of local authorities at both the national and municipal level.
  • Be prepared to remain in one location for up to 14 days.
  • Communicate with OSU while traveling through the International Health, Safety, and Travel Coordinator (Samuel Gras)

Travel Health Precautions

  • Wash hands thoroughly and often for 20 seconds or more with soap, or use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Practice Social Distancing: avoid enclosed crowded places, keep six-ten feet (2-3 meters) away from others or wear a mask.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces like phone, keyboard, doorknobs, desks, tablets.
  • Cover if cough and sneeze into elbow or tissue; throw tissue away.
  • Get adequate sleep, eat well-balanced meals, stay hydrated with water and electrolytes, use high-quality vitamins to support a healthy immune system.
  • Avoid touching mouth, eyes, and nose until after washing hands with soap and water.

U.S. Inbound international Travel

Updated Jan. 25, 2021

Until further notice, all non-essential domestic and international OSU-travel remains suspended.

Current locations with restrictions on entering the U.S. from international travel can be found in the White House Proclamation and at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

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.

  •  Those arriving to Oregon from all locations should:
    • Monitor their health and practice social distancing.
    • If they get sick with a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:
      • Seek medical advice from insurance, personal doctor, or student health. Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
      • Tell health professional about recent travel and symptoms.
      • Avoid close contact with others.
      • Do not travel while sick.
Last Modified: 
January 25, 2021