Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

November 10, 2020

At this time the ISS Office has not received any notifications to changes in rules or regulations for the upcoming spring 2021 semester. As a result, we will continue to operate under the same guidance as given in the fall 2020 semester.

We are currently preparing for the shift to spring 2021 content, and this area will be receiving updates as more details about the spring 2021 semester are known. Please check back regularly for more information.

CountryTravel AlertU.S. Entry RestrictionHawaii State RestrictionsUniversity of Hawaii RestrictionsNotes
Schengen Area of Europe**, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) and the Republic of IrelandCDC Travel Health Notices by CountryOn July 16, U.S. Department of State that students may qualify for entry due to "national interest exceptions" under the entry bans:

F-1 students coming from these countries may enter the U.S. without requesting an exception.

J-1 students coming from these countries should request and receive an exception from their U.S. embassy/consulate to enter.
Anyone arriving in Hawaii must get a temperature check, submit a health form, and self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes any international and domestic flights, and applies to all individuals regardless of residency or citizenship.

The Safe Travels Hawaii Program allows individuals to bypass the quarantine if a negative test confirmed from a trusted provider within 72 hours prior to arrival.
UH students should follow state restrictions and pre-test requirements.**Schengen Area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,
Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Malta, Netherlands,
Norway, Poland, Portugal,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

This also includes Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City.
Brazil, China, and IranCDC Travel Health Notices by CountryNo U.S. Entry: Foreign nationals who were in a these countries within 14 days of entry or attempted entry. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and immediate family members excluded from travel ban. Those travelers will face health screenings and quarantine.Same as aboveSame as above
All other countriesCDC Travel Health Notices by CountryDepending on entry port, arrivals may be redirected for health screening. All international travelers should self-quarantine for 14 days, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. Additional restrictions may be differ from state to state. Same as aboveSame as above
*Travel alerts come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Due to the fluid nature of the Coronavirus outbreak, ISS recommends that students weigh the urgency of travel. In addition, with the increase in COVID-19 cases and entry restrictions in the U.S. and abroad, students should prepare for any event if they plan to travel, domestically or internationally.

What to Do Before You Travel

Inform ISS/UHLog your travel through the Travel Signature Request so we know where you are, in case you're not able to return. If you do not need a new travel signature, write "Report Only" in the Optional Notes at the bottom of the form.

You must also follow requirements for reporting to UH officials as directed on the UH Travel Policy FAQ.
Inform a friendProvide your travel and contact information to a friend or family member in case you are stopped, delayed, quarantined, or fall ill and need medical attention.
Check your airlineCheck with your airline about refunds or adjustment fees due to travel restrictions or bans that might occur while traveling. Ask about flight insurance. Can you change tickets or get a refund? What if your flight is canceled or suspended? If you haven't purchased your tickets, consider getting refundable tickets.
Check the newsLook for travel restrictions and Coronavirus outbreak in the areas to which you will be traveling. Avoid high impact areas. National and local governments may change travel policies at any time. Be ready.
Check your health insurance Carry your insurance information with you. Make sure your insurance covers your travel period and travel locations. Do you have separate policies for inside and outside the U.S.? Check for medical providers in those areas that accept your insurance. Does your insurance cover illness caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19)? If you fall ill, you don't want to recover and face a large medical bill.
Keep a recordKeep a record of people and places you have interacted with. This may be valuable information should you fall ill.
Have a planHave a plan if something happens to you that impacts your travel. Will you be able to change your travel easily? Is there somebody you can call who can help you?

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