Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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CMU has suspended all U.S.-based domestic and international travel for university business until further notice.

We continue to work with our international campuses on the appropriate travel restrictions for their regions.

Personal travel is strongly discouraged. Pennsylvania’s current travel requirements, which went into effect on November 20, 2020, mandate that those leaving the state must quarantine for 10 days upon return to Pennsylvania. Note that this does NOT apply to people who commute to and from another state for work or medical treatment.

In addition, those returning from high-risk travel within Pennsylvania must quarantine for 10 days prior to coming to campus (note that this requirement is not in effect for commuters). You can find more information about low risk vs. high risk travel here.

Anyone contemplating out-of-state, personal travel or in-state, high-risk travel is to work with their supervisor (employees) or housefellow/college liaison (students) because of the mandate to quarantine for 10 days. They should also discuss arrangements for any needed self-quarantine following their return.

More information on travel protocols can be found here.

No. Although the state does allow for a negative test prior to returning to Pennsylvania in lieu of a 10-day quarantine, CMU is requiring the quarantine before travelers can return to campus. A negative test does not exempt you from the 10-day quarantine.

The university is following CDC travel restriction guidelines, which can be found here. Anyone traveling should pay close attention to the restrictions and the guidelines associated with it. CMU is also updating the list on its Travel Risk Information Program website.

For more information, please visit the Office of International Education’s Frequently Asked Questions.