Due to the continuing restrictions from COVID-19 and its worldwide impact, all Mason’s study abroad programs for Spring 2021 have been cancelled except for those based at the Mason Korea campus and nearby partner universities in Korea. Mason is continuing planning for a full range of summer offerings, however, including internships, faculty-led programs and summer study with partner institutions around the world.
University Limits Travel Through Spring 2021
Mason is maintaining its prohibition on all university international and non-essential domestic travel (excluding District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) until further notice.
Mason is following University Policy 1134 and University-Sponsored or University-Related Inernational Travel Policy. Precautions remain in effect regardless of the funding source.
If a department head approves travel, an exception can be requested and will be evaluated by the University Travel Advisory Committee (UTAC) based on:
- No restrictions on entry/exit to destination.
- The current country- or state-specific health and safety information related infection rate.
- The potential risk to personal health and safety of traveler and Mason community (possible quarantine upon return).
- Availability of common carrier and lodging.
- Mason’s ability to assist in a return to the United States in emergency circumstances.
- The potential benefit of travel with regard to the Mason’s mission.
- The necessity of the travel to achieve the anticipated benefit.
Submit an Application for Domestic Travel (PDF) to the UTAC for review and approval. Your department head must approve the trip before you submit your application. Applications should be submitted as soon as travel is anticipated (a minimum 3 business days before travel starts) but no more than 30 days in advance.
The UTAC has suspended all international travel through the end of spring semester, with the exception of travel to South Korea, where Mason has a campus.
If you require an exception for international travel, submit an Application for Travel to Hazardous Areas (PDF) to the UTAC for review and approval. Your department head must approve the trip before you submit your application. Applications should be submitted as soon as travel is anticipated (a minimum 3 business days before travel starts) but no more than 30 days in advance.
Take this guidance into account when considering non-essential personal travel. Check state and territorial health department websites for the latest information and any quarantine requirements.
If you travel internationally, returning to the United States could be difficult. In addition to following state and local recommendations, the Centers for Disease Control recommends maintaining physical distancing, wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, and monitoring yourself for symptoms upon your return. You and your travel companions can pose a risk to family, friends, and the community for 14 days after exposure to the virus, even if you have no symptoms.
For More Information
If you have questions about Mason's travel policies, contact the Office of Risk Management.