University drops COVID-19 restrictions on international travel
University drops COVID-19 restrictions on international travel

University drops COVID-19 restrictions on international travel

After reviewing COVID-19 risks around the world, UC Davis no longer requires university partners to receive pre-approval for travel to countries designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have COVID-19 risk levels of 3 (high) or 4 (very) high).

“From 21 March 2022, the University will return to its pre-COVID International travel policy“, Global Affairs officials said in a updated COVID-19 travel announcement. “The Head of Travel Security will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 rates and adjust policy if necessary.”

Given the persistent risk posed by COVID-19 and other communicable diseases, officials said travelers should continue to take all available precautions.

“All travelers are strongly encouraged to make an appointment for travel medicine before traveling. These agreements provide important information on local risks and vaccine requirements in addition to the COVID-19 requirements.”

See the announcement for more information on travel medical appointments.

The announcement also advises travelers to follow CDC guide for both domestic and international travelincluding:

  • Delay the journey until you are updated with your COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth as needed in indoor public transportation areas (including airplanes) and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs (including airports).

Other rules apply

The lifting of the COVID-19 restriction on travel to countries at levels 3 and 4 does not mean that university students can go anywhere without approval. Travel security personnel review all countries for other medical risks and a number of other factors, including the risk of crime and terrorism and civil protests or unrest. Each country is assigned a threat assessment of low, medium, high or very high – and travel to high-risk destinations is subject to review by the Travel Advisory Committee.

“Very high threat” and “high threat” (as of March 14) are listed here.

If you are traveling on university business, you must sign up for your trip. For international travel, you must register three weeks before the intended travel dates. If the trip is not recorded, travelers may experience a delay or forfeiture of reimbursement of travel expenses or a delay in UC Davis’ ability to provide assistance in the event of an emergency.

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