Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

On April 26, 2021 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will extend the guidance originally issued in March 2020 for the 2021-2022 academic year. ICE Guidance on COVID-19 allows schools and students to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the continuing public health concerns caused by COVID-19.

U.S. and University Travel Alerts and Restrictions Concerning Coronavirus (updated: 1/04/2022)

The table below summarizes the updated entry policies:

Entry PoliciesRequirement for Entry
U.S. Entry(1) Proof of WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccination AND (2) proof of negative Covid-19 test taken within one day of departure

Proof of vaccination and negative test to be screened by airlines before departure.
Hawaiʻi Entry via Direct Flight from Outside U.S.Proof of WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccination to bypass 5-day quarantine

Proof of vaccination to be screened by airlines before departure.
Hawaiʻi Entry via Flight from U.S. MainlandTo bypass quarantine, (1) Proof of WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccination, OR (2) negative Covid-19 test taken from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner within 72 hours of departure.

Proof of vaccination should be uploaded to Safe Travels Hawaii before departure to Hawaii.
UH Campus Entry(1) Proof of WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccination AND (2) daily health check via Lumisight whenever coming to campus.

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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