International Travel Allowed in Fall 2021
In accordance with University Policy 1134, UTAC will review all travel with State Department Travel Advisories Level 3 or above and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Warning Level 3 or above.
An Application for Travel to Hazardous Areas (PDF) should be submitted to the University Travel Advisory Committee (UTAC for review and approval. Applications should be submitted 30 days in advance of the proposed travel date or as soon as travel is anticipated (at a minimum 3 business days before start of travel).
UTAC will evaluate the application based on the following:
- No restrictions on entry/exit to destination.
- The current country 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.
In addition, UTAC will require all travelers on university-sponsored or related international travel programs/business travel to be fully compliant with Mason’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Students who are not residential at Mason or enrolled in face-to-face courses on campus will be required to comply as these travel experiences are considered an extension of the Mason campus for these purposes.
UTAC approval is not required for university domestic travel. Requests to travel domestically shall revert back to the pre-Covid process wherein travel approval is given at the department level, in accordance with University Policy 2101, Travel, Meals and Entertainment Expenditures.
Mason will continue monitoring the COVID-19 situation throughout the United States and will reinstate the requirement for UTAC approval for university domestic travel if needed.
While You're Traveling
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet from anyone who is not traveling with you.
- Wash your hands often. If a sink is not available, use hand sanitizer.
Returning from Travel
All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. For more information, visit CDC website.
Currently, Mason does not mandate testing or quarantining after travel. However, if you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has COVID or tested positive for COVID remain off campus and see a health care provider for guidance.
Check state and territorial health department websites for the latest information and any quarantine requirements and review the resources provided by the Center for Disease Control regarding travel.
For More Information
If you have questions about Mason's travel policies related to COVID, contact the Office of Risk Management.