COVID-19 Resource Center

Travel and Study Abroad

Key Updates

  • Effective January 26, 2021, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days​.
  • The Center for International Education is facilitating the preparation of study abroad programs for future terms. For information on planning your study abroad experience, please visit the Education Abroad website for specific FAQs regarding the term you are looking to enroll.
  • Decisions about summer study abroad programs will be made by March 1, 2021.
  • Please review "After You Travel" recommendations from the CDC.

Frequently Asked Questions

Recognizing that the COVID-19 outbreak is fluid and unpredictable, Xavier encourages you to:

  • Consider your own personal comfort level when choosing an education abroad experience.
  • Have a contingency plan in place. This may include identifying an alternate education abroad program or domestic experience to pursue in case your program is cancelled. You may want to discuss contingencies with your academic advisor and the Center for International Education.
  • Build financial flexibility into your travel plans by purchasing trip cancellation insurance.

Five students were approved to study abroad for the spring 2021 semester. Approval required a petition, per the terms of Xavier University’s international travel policy for students. Approval was also based on the availability of support systems of the host institution (EX: health services, quarantine space, remote course options in the case of quarantine, etc.). The Center for International Education is in frequent contact with partner institutions hosting Xavier students abroad.

The University will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and by March 1, will make decisions on summer study abroad program viability. Current travel restrictions, Xavier’s travel policies, and support systems available abroad will be used to guide decisions. The CIE will communicate any updates or decisions with students. Students are encouraged to parallel plan in case study abroad does not become viable.

The University will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation worldwide, and is in close contact with our partner universities. Xavier University’s student international travel policy requires a petition to any country with a risk advisory level of three, either for the entire country or for a region within the country. Approval is also based on the availability of COVID support, e.g. health services, quarantine space, remote course availability, by the host institution and host country. The CIE will communicate any updates or decisions with students. Students are encouraged to parallel plan for fall semester at Xavier in case study abroad does not become viable.

Due to widespread ongoing transmission of COVID-19, the CDC has issued country by country travel advisories. If personal travel is essential, you should:

  1. Review the CDC warning for overall and specific country information. Currently, most international travel is classified with a Level 4 Warning: COVID Very High.
  2. Review the Department of State COVID-19 information site to understand how traveling may affect your ability to re-enter the U.S.
  3. Review IATA for information on destination country travel restrictions.
  4. Review the CDC Novel Coronavirus alerts, and the routinely updated CDC 2019-nCoV Situation Summary.

Then, follow the CDC’s travel advice for those areas.

Consult with a doctor prior to travel if you have any health-related concerns.

  • Avoid traveling while sick (traveling with a fever from an unrelated condition could result in increased screenings and other travel issues).
  • Expect additional screenings at airports and transit hubs – allow for extra travel time.
  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
  • Practice good hygiene through frequent handwashing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environments.
  • Prevent close contact with live or dead farm or wild animals.

International students, scholars and employees should contact the CIE at international@xavier.edu to discuss. For those individuals whose immigration-related documents were issued by another institution, they should contact their respective Designated School Official or Responsible Officer at their university’s international office for advice.

The Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) extended its guidance through spring 2021, which permits continuing international students to enroll in an unlimited number of remote or online courses (either from within the U.S. or abroad) and still maintain F1 or J1 status. NEW students who began their studies in spring 2021 and are studying within the U.S. must adhere to the permanent guidance where only three credit hours (1 course) of online distance education courses can be used to fulfill the 12 credit hour requirement (undergraduates) or 9 credit hour requirement (graduates) for full-time enrollment. Students are not limited in the number of courses / credit hours of online distance education they can take provided that only 9 or 6 of the credit hours they are enrolled in are in traditional, non-distance education courses. Hybrid courses with a required in-person component are considered in-person courses.

Based on current CDC guidance, faculty and staff should not tell individuals to stay home solely based on recent travel history. All students are strongly encouraged to follow the Return to Campus guidance after travel and to adhere to health and safety practices such as wearing a well-fitting mask and maintaining distance. If there are specific questions or concerns, those individuals should be referred to the Xavier University Health Services (513-745-3022 option 3), primary care provider, or Cincinnati Health Department.