Resumption of University Sponsored Travel
Coastal Carolina University has approved return to travel for both domestic and international travel on a case-by-case basis, with some limitations and adjustments to process that will remain in place for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. A working group developed the return to travel guidelines that were approved by Executive Council. These adjustments to our travel processes during COVID-19 are being made to enable travel in support of the university’s mission and to promote the health, safety, and security of Coastal Carolina University students, faculty and staff and the communities to which we travel.
Dates of resumption of physical mobility were approved based upon purpose, destination, and role at the University. These are summarized below, with links to pages that provide more information, the process, and resources for each alternative.
- Immediately: International and overnight domestic travel for research by Faculty, Staff, Student, Faculty/Staff with Students, or Student Organizations/Clubs (case-by-case basis assuming financial resources available and approval through the Research Resumption Plan). For detail and processes to follow, please click here, including resources for where travel restrictions are in place for domestic and international travel.
- May 15, 2021: International or overnight domestic travel for Conference, Professional Development, Competition, etc. by Individual Faculty or Staff Member, Faculty/Staff Travel with Students, Individual Students, or Student Organizations/Clubs (case-by-case basis assuming financial resources available and with approval of Executive Council member). For detail and processes to follow, please click here.
- July 1, 2021: Student physical mobility for International Education Abroad Programs involving Exchange Partners, Third Party, or International Internships with reviewed and approved COVID-19 support. For more details and processes to follow, please click here.
- December 15, 2021: Student and faculty/staff physical mobility for Faculty-led Short-term Education Abroad programs that have been approved through the appropriate processes. For detail and processes to follow, please click here.
Should faculty, staff, or students have travel that they would like considered for any earlier date than those noted above, they should work through the respective process above, requesting an exception.
Details of the process to initiate travel and expectations of travelers during this time are provided on each link. Resources and links for further information are also provided below on this page. Travelers are urged to also consult both International Travel Information for support in their planning and preparation for travel through CCU and International Travel Support to review the process for reviewing international travel, identification of countries determined to be high risk or restricted and processes for requesting an exception to limitations of travel, insurance coverage details, and processes related to cancelation or interruption of travel.
Travel that is approved during COVID-19 will carry the following expectations of and acknowledgements by travelers:
- CCU strongly recommends that travelers get vaccinated against COVID-19 before travel.
- Travelers will be responsible for completing an attestation of either having been vaccinated or having taken a COVID-19 test with negative results within 72 hours of departure for the travel and to be tested within 72 of returning back to campus (unless they have been vaccinated against COVID within three months of travel or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90 days before travel).
- Travelers will commit to informing themselves and reviewing materials provided to them to support their information and preparation for travel to support their health, safety, and security.
- Travelers will be responsible for complying with all return to work/campus directives in place at CCU at the time of return from travel.
- Travelers understand that conditions continue to change, and they agree to comply with the updated guidance and requirements related to entry to or transit through the respective locations of their travel.
- Travelers will commit to following COVID protocols as required by CCU, including wearing a mask, maintaining social distance where possible, frequent hand sanitation, and avoiding crowds, pre-departure training (if and as required), as well as any additional guidance as noted by the locations through which and to which they are traveling to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread to themselves and others.
- Travelers will acknowledge that CCU will continue to review conditions for each location, including whether permission to enter the country is presently available in determining whether to approve, when to approve, and when to move to make adjustments, up to and includng cancellation.
- Travelers acknowledge that CCU may cancel the approved travel at any time up to departure, or while underway, should CCU determine that it is in the best interest of the university to cancel, recall, or suspend travel for any reason.
If you have questions about the process or suggestions for improvements to information being provided to travelers, please reach out to Darla Domke-Damonte (firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-349-2129).
- Know Your Travel Risk
- Travel Planner – See Restrictions and Qualifiers to Travel Around the USA
- US Embassy Updates – COVID-Related Restrictions on Returning to the USA
- US Embassies – Country Specific COVID-Regulations for Entry and Stay by Country
- S. Department of State(DOS)
- Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (state.gov)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC)
- Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
- International Air Transport Association (IATA)
- Traveler’s Checklist (US Department of State)
- FBI Safety and Security for US Students Traveling Abroad
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Reopen EU