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COVID-19 Updates

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Travel

Last updated: 9/8/21

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 is also be available for fully vaccinated CMU community members who desire a weekly test.

In connection with our launch of the fall semester, the university requires every student to complete two baseline tests through the Tartan Testing program. The first of these tests should ideally be completed within five days after arrival to the Pittsburgh area, while the second must be completed by September 24, 2021.

Students already living in the Pittsburgh area should plan to complete their testing within the two weeks prior to their engagement with campus activities, research, orientation or classes.

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

The recommended after travel actions for fully vaccinated individuals are:

  • If you are asymptomatic, get a Tartan Test 3-5 days when you return from your travel.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have symptoms, but you can still be infected and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends and community for 14 days following your travel.

If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your primary care provider (faculty/staff) or University Health Services (students). Traveling could impact your ability to come on site to work; therefore, you are encouraged to discuss travel plans, in advance, with your supervisor.

The recommended after travel actions for individuals who are NOT fully vaccinated are:

  • If you are asymptomatic, get a Tartan Test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days when you return from your travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days following travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not. Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have symptoms, but you can still be infected and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends and community for 14 days following your travel.

If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your primary care provider (faculty/staff) or University Health Services (students). Traveling could impact your ability to come on site to work; therefore, you are encouraged to discuss travel plans, in advance, with your supervisor.

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.