Effective Aug. 2, 2021
The health and safety of members of the university community is always Puget Sound’s top priority. In light of ongoing and evolving public health recommendations and guidelines regarding domestic and international travel; the presence of the coronavirus locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally; and evolving vaccination rates, University of Puget Sound is updating its temporary travel restrictions and guidance, effective Aug. 2, 2021. This temporary policy is subject to change as conditions and public health recommendations and guidelines change.
- All international travel on behalf of or otherwise supported by the University of Puget Sound is currently limited to those faculty, staff and students who have provided proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and must be approved in advance by the provost, applicable vice president, or president (“Cabinet” member).
- As always, the university does not support or sponsor travel to high-risk countries. As a reminder, the university does not support travel to countries that have Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) and Level 4 (Do Not Travel) advisories issued by the U.S. State Department. In addition, the university does not support travel to regions classified as ‘Reconsider Travel/Avoid Travel/Do Not Travel’ within countries that have an overall travel advisory of Level 1 (Exercise Normal Precaution) or 2 (Exercise Increased Caution), unless an exception is explicitly stated in the text of the travel advisory for a specific city or zone within an area classified as ‘Reconsider Travel/Avoid Travel/Do Not Travel’ area. The university also does not support travel to countries listed on Warning Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel health notices. Travel may also be restricted, or require a waiver, for countries with CDC COVID-19 Levels at Level 3 (high) or Level 4 (very high).
- Students planning to study abroad fall 2021 or spring 2022 should contact the Office of International Programs for specific program status, requirements, and risk of cancellation.
- All personal international travel should be carefully considered and is strongly discouraged for those who are unvaccinated.
- Campus members who are planning international travel are required to:
- notify their supervisor, department head, or academic chair well in advance of the planned travel in order to promptly identify potential work impacts, including necessary adjustments resulting from required self-quarantine upon return,
- obtain advance approval for university-related travel as noted above, and
- follow the CDC’s international travel recommendations, which outline steps to take before, during and after international travel.
- Domestic travel on behalf of or otherwise supported by the University of Puget Sound is subject to the CDC’s domestic travel recommendations for vaccinated or unvaccinated people, as applicable, as well as all applicable state and local recommendations and requirements. Unvaccinated travelers, for example, are subject to the CDC’s recommended pre and post travel COVID testing, self-quarantine upon return, and other precautions.
- Domestic personal travel should be approached with caution. Out-of-state personal travel should be carefully considered and is ultimately determined by the individual. Campus members who choose to travel for personal reasons are expected to follow CDC recommendations, which vary depending on vaccination status, and to follow applicable state, and local recommendations and requirements.
- Unvaccinated faculty, staff, and student staff who are planning domestic travel, whether for university or personal purposes, are expected to notify their supervisor, department head, or academic chair well in advance of the planned travel in order to promptly identify potential work impacts, including necessary adjustments resulting from required self-quarantine upon return.
Any campus member who travels is expected to take all appropriate precautions.
This policy is subject to further revision as conditions, guidance and restrictions change.
Issued: March 2020
Updated: July 2020, February 2021, April 2021, May 2021, August 2021