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All travel, regardless of destination, brings a certain level of inherent risk. To help mitigate risk for CCU travelers outside the USA, Coastal Carolina University monitors world health, safety and security events using a variety of assessment sources, including taking input from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), International Air Transport Association (IATA), faculty and staff experts, partners abroad, among other reputable oversight agencies.  Travel support processes have been adopted to enable travel in support of the university’s mission while we promote the health, safety, and security of Coastal Carolina University students, faculty and staff and the communities to which we travel. 

Whether you are a student, staff, or faculty member, heading to a familiar area of the globe or embarking on an entirely new opportunity, we ask you familiarize yourself with the following information prior to each travel experience you are preparing to undertake:

  • Become aware of country requirements for entry.  Many of these have changed substantially through COVID, moving to require COVID testing, full vaccination and in some cases booster shots as well as Travel Health Visas (with additional costs and requirements) to be provided prior to boarding plane for the destination.  In addition, these regulations are changing sometimes daily so we encourage you to bookmark the resources noted below (especially country-specific COVID requirements link below) as they provide updates as conditions are changing.  
  • Remain aware of US requirements for reentry.  In November 2021, changes have been made to reentry requirements for US citizens and lawful permanent residents, as well as for non-immigrant visitors to the USA.  These restrictions affect countries of origin for travel to the USA, countries through which travel is taking place, and timing and requirements for vaccine, boosters, and testing.  

  • Follow university protocols related to requesting travel:
    • International travel requests will continue to use the  and be routed for review to the International Travel Risk Management group review and recommendation to the respective Vice President.  Please see International Travel Information for more detail about this process and resources to help you plan.
    • Research Resumption Plans no longer need to be processed.  Travel related to research should follow the process for domestic or international travel as noted above. 
    • CCU strongly encourages all travelers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before travel.  
    • Faculty, staff, and student travelers should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms before, during, and post-travel. Should the traveler experience COVID-19 symptoms or be in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, the traveler should immediately follow the employee protocol as provided at https://www.coastal.edu/hreo/covid-19/
    • Review the University Travel Policy (FAST-201) and the University Pocket Guide to Travel
    • To lead a short-term faculty-led program abroad, please review the Faculty-Led Program Leader Guide for timelines and training materials.
    • As you consider destinations for travel, please review the International Travel Support site for more information about high risk and restricted countries, University process for approving international travel, support while travel is underway, and recall/suspension of travel.

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