Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Last updated: 6/14/21

Effective July 1, 2021, university-sponsored domestic travel for all CMU community members is permitted subject to unit-based requirements and approval from employee managers.

International travel for university business remains suspended until further notice. In the event there is a critical university business need that requires international travel, approval should be obtained from your cognizant University Leadership Council (ULC) member.

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

Per the CDC's guidance on travel, we continue to encourage students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors to wear a facial covering and avoid large events or crowded spaces as ways to limit your risk of exposure to COVID-19. 

You do not have to quarantine following travel. However, following travel, all faculty, staff and students who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must participate weekly in Tartan Testing, the university’s COVID-19 asymptomatic testing program, if you are planning to be on campus. Tartan Testing will also be available for fully vaccinated CMU community members who desire a weekly test.

For students arriving for the 2021 fall semester (regardless of vaccination status), you will need to complete one Tartan Test within 24 hours of your arrival, and another Tartan Test five days following your initial test. Following receipt of your negative test results, and if you are fully vaccinated, you will no longer be expected to participate in Tartan Testing. If you receive a positive test result, you will not be expected to participate in Tartan Testing for 90 days after that positive result.

More information on the current travel protocol can be found here.

The university is following the CDC's travel restriction guidelines. Anyone traveling should pay close attention to the restrictions and the guidelines associated with it, including the travelers prohibited from entry to the United States.

View the CDC's COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination page. CMU has also updated the list on its Travel Risk Information Program website.

For information on COVID-19 and its impact on study abroad programs, visit the Office of International Education’s Frequently Asked Questions page.