CSB/SJU Global Travel and Health Assessment
CGE continually monitors the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Overseas Security Advisory Council, and governmental health ministries to guide our programmatic decisions. While risk can never be eliminated, we recognize that COVID-19 continues to present unique challenges for global travel.
CGE is using a global travel and health assessment for each spring 2021 study abroad program site. This assessment will be updated on a weekly basis, and each country has a link to their U.S. Embassy should you wish to reference specific country information. This assessment is based on seven key requirements that need to be met for global student travel to be permitted at CSB/SJU. Each of these requirements are coded either red, yellow, or green. As general guidance, the color coding follows the rules of a stoplight:
Red = Stop
Yellow = Caution
Green = Go
These requirements are the minimum requirements that must be met for travel to proceed. For travel to occur, at a minimum, a country cannot have any red squares. In addition to these minimum requirements, we are also in consultation with local country partners to assess their specific COVID-19 site protocols. Partner site protocols will also be a factor in determining if a program can run.
What is the timeline for making program decisions?
At a minimum, for a program to run, a program must not have any red square indicators by Monday, October 19. The reason for this timeline is because on-campus registration for spring courses begins in early November. In making a program decision by October 19, students will still have time to register for spring on-campus classes. Please note, depending on circumstances at the local program site, we may have to cancel some programs before October 19.
The following is an explanation of the color-coding system for each of the requirements used in this global travel and health assessment:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Global Health Advisories
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has three levels for evaluating the risk of COVID-19 in each country.
Red = Level 3: COVID-19 Risk is High
Yellow = Level 2: COVID-19 Risk is Moderate
Green = Level 1: COVID-19 Risk is Low
U.S. State Department (USDOS) Travel Advisories
The U.S. Department of State advises all U.S. citizens to understand the impact of COVID-19 before travel abroad. The USDOS has country-specific travel advisories that evaluates many risk factors (including COVID-19).
Red = Level 3: Reconsider Travel and Level 4: Do Not Travel
Yellow = Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
Green = Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
U.S. Citizens Allowed Entry?
Due to the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., numerous countries are not allowing U.S. citizens to enter the country.
Red = Entry not allowed
Green = Entry is allowed
Entry Allowed with Student Visa?
Some countries have stated that students can enter if they obtain a student visa.
Red = Entry is not allowed with student visa
Green = Entry allowed with student visa
Are Visas Being Issued?
While students may technically be able to enter on a student visa, foreign consulates in the U.S. must be open and in operation to issue visas.
Red = Student visas are not being issued
Yellow = Student visa issuance is on hold or consulate operation cannot be confirmed
Green = Student visas are being issued in a timely manner
Most countries have 14-day quarantine requirements for U.S. citizens upon entry to the country.
Red = Quarantine is not at partner site program location; Quarantine time exceeds 25% of program duration; No confirmed food and staff resources available to students
Yellow = Quarantine at partner site program location; Confirmed food service and staff support available to students during quarantine
Green = No quarantine required
In-country travel restrictions?
Due to COVID-19, many locations have some level of travel restriction. These restrictions might be required by the local government or our program partner.
Red = Program location under “stay-at-home” order; Curfews in place; Travel prohibited outside program location
Yellow = Restrictions to travel outside city or within host country; Modifications to daily travel in city or within country (i.e. public transportation restrictions)
Green = No travel restrictions imposed in-country