COVID-19 Resource Center

Travel and Study Abroad

Key Updates

  • All future University-sponsored international travel is suspended through the end of the fall 2020 semester (Dec. 4, 2020). All personal international travel is also strongly discouraged during this time.
  • University-sponsored domestic travel will be limited to business-essential travel and will be approved by division leaders on an as-needed basis.
  • Please review "After You Travel" recommendations from the CDC.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • All future university-sponsored international travel is suspended through the end of the fall 2020 semester. All personal international travel is also strongly discouraged during this time.
  • University-sponsored domestic travel will be limited to business-essential travel and will be approved by division leaders on an as-needed basis.
  • Travelers returning from international travel are required to observe a 14-day period of self-quarantine per the CDC Guidelines.
  • All fall 2020 programs have been cancelled.

When the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) issues a Warning Level 3 – Avoid Nonessential Travel notice for a country, that country will automatically become a Xavier travel-restricted area. When this happens, all students registered for travel to that country will be notified of the restriction and all Xavier-managed education abroad programs for that country will be cancelled. In addition, the Xavier department organizing each program will reach out to students individually about program cancellations and next steps.

Xavier may also cancel programs if travel disruptions or host country restrictions prevent them from meeting the educational goals of the travel experience (regardless of whether or not the host country is under a travel restriction). Program organizers may consult with Xavier’s Center for International Education (CIE) for guidance.

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 or the office managing your education abroad experience.
  • Build financial flexibility into your travel plans by purchasing trip cancellation insurance.

The University will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and by early-November will make decisions on spring study abroad program viability. Our travel policies will be used to guide decisions. The CIE will communicate any updates or decisions with students. Students are encouraged to parallel plan for spring 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 adviseries. 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 3 Warning: avoid nonessential travel.
  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.

Based on current CDC guidance, faculty and staff should not tell individuals to stay home solely based on recent travel history. 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.