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Travel

Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading Covid-19. The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated. Since most people are not yet vaccinated, and infections continue to spread the risk of transmission remains high, and that risk is heightened by the continued prevalence of new strains of the virus. For the foreseeable future, the global pandemic will continue to affect the safety and feasibility of travel.

Auburn encourages all members of the campus community to postpone and avoid all non-essential travel. For personal safety and the safety of others, anyone who chooses to travel should ensure they are in good health and follow important safety protocols in addition to those recommended by the CDC and ADPH.

University Domestic Travel

Domestic university travel is permitted at the discretion of the traveling employee’s supervisor. Domestic student travel for academic purposes is permitted at the discretion of the department chair. Domestic student travel that is not for academic purposes, such as travel by registered student organizations, is permitted at the discretion of the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs.

When planning domestic travel, employees and students should review travel guidance for their destination, as some states have testing and quarantine requirements upon entry.

After your travel, self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 14 days. Isolate and get tested if symptoms develop. You do not need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 3 months.

University International Travel

In order to allow faculty and staff to begin planning international travel for university business such as research visits and conference attendance, additional approval processes have been put in place effective March 3, 2021. Those wishing to travel internationally should submit a Request for Authorization to Travel through the normal international travel request process and are subject to additional conditional approval requirements as well as the Travel Policy and the International Travel Warning Policy.

Students in Study Abroad programs as well as international students and scholars should contact the Office of International Programs for additional guidance on international travel as well as requirements after returning from international travel.

Due to uncertainty of the pandemic’s national and international impact, employees planning travel for 2021 will be permitted to make international travel arrangements only if all arrangements are completely refundable. Please call Procurement and Business Services at 334-844-7771 with questions about university travel policies.

Faculty, staff and students returning to Auburn from international travel, including international students arriving prior to the start of the Fall Semester, must do one of the following regardless of vaccination status:

  1. Quarantine for 10 days before returning to campus, or

  2. Receive both of the following:

    • A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on day 3 after arrival, and

    • A rapid antigen test on day 5 after arrival.

    The individual must quarantine until receipt of a negative result on both tests and the individual is not showing symptoms of Covid-19. The individual may return to campus only if both tests are negative. The individual should continue to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and seek medical care and Covid-19 testing if symptoms develop.

    If either test result is positive, the individual should isolate themselves to protect others from getting infected.

Quarantine and testing are not required for travel to or from US territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands).

Testing is available from the AU Medical Clinic. Employees should contact their supervisor for further guidance on returning to work. Students should contact their academic unit.

Personal Travel

Personal travel is made at the discretion of the faculty, staff, or student. Faculty, staff, and students who plan personal travel should be aware that they may have isolation or other restrictions imposed by other states or countries that could restrict or delay some aspects of their travel and/or their return to Auburn. We strongly urge you to use extreme caution and judgment for personal travel. Please check the state and territorial health department websites for the latest information regarding domestic travel. If are planning international personal travel you should reference the Covid-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination via the CDC website for further information and guidance on travel requirements.

Individuals returning to campus after domestic travel should self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms and isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.

Individuals returning to campus from personal international travel must do one of the following regardless of vaccination status:

  1. Quarantine for 10 days before returning to campus, or

  2. Receive both of the following

    • A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on day 3 after arrival, and

    • A rapid antigen test on day 5 after arrival.

The individual must quarantine until receipt of a negative result on both tests and the individual is not showing symptoms of COVID-19. The individual may return to campus only if both tests are negative. The individual should continue to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and seek medical care and COVID-19 testing if symptoms develop.

If either test result is positive, the individual should isolate themselves to protect others from getting infected.

Quarantine and testing are not required for travel to or from US territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands).

Testing is available from the AU Medical Clinic. Employees should contact their supervisor for further guidance on returning to work. Students should contact their academic unit.

Additional Resources

The guidance and directives on this page reflect changes to university operations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and at the university’s discretion will supersede any conflicting policies. This guidance is subject to change as the situation requires. Compliance with these terms – and any further updates published at aub.ie/covidhelp – is required of all Auburn University faculty, staff, students, contractors and visitors. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action and/or removal from campus. The campus community may report violations of public health directives.

Last updated: July 21, 2021