Travel Updates

The University does not currently permit University-sponsored international travel. The University is lifting this prohibition effective August 16, 2021. There will continue to be additional limitations on international travel based on the risk assessments of the United States Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control. In brief, the University effective August 16 will permit travel to category 1 and 2 countries, will prohibit travel to category 3 and 4 countries, and may consider case-by-case exception requests for category 3 countries.   In keeping with U.S. CDC guidance for international travel during the pandemic, travel will be approved only for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

General University Travel Abroad – Students and Employees

This section pertains to University sponsored international travel. This includes international travel that uses University funds, including activity fees; for which academic credit is awarded; or which are subject to the University’s insurance coverage. Any one of those criteria means the travel is University Sponsored.

Visiting professors and/or guest speakers entering the United States from an international location for University sponsored business must meet all Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Civil Authority and University regulations prior to coming on campus. The Provost or relevant vice chancellor must approve these visitors in advance. Risk Management is available for consultation if needed.

Current State

Travel to countries with a CDC or U.S. Department of State travel advisory level of 3 or 4 is prohibited. While the CDC and U.S. Department of State are actively evaluating risks and adjusting travel advisories, foreign governments may still implement restrictions with little notice, even in destinations that were previously a low risk. Any student, staff or faculty member who travels beyond Maine for University business or activities will be required follow applicable quarantine and other guidelines as required by federal, state or University officials.

Reference

CDC – COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country (External Site)
U.S. Department of State – Travel Advisories (External Site)

Study Abroad Programs

Outbound study abroad programming involving category 1 and 2 countries with a travel start date on or after  August 16, 2021 are permitted in keeping with the requirements above.

Any requests for travel exceptions involving category 3 countries must be submitted to the Provost of the respective campus and to Risk Management for consideration. Travel to category 4 countries is not permitted.

International Student Enrollment

Due to continued concerns regarding COVID-19 throughout the world, including Maine, inbound non-degree seeking international exchange programs for summer of 2021 have been postponed.

Each campus will be evaluating the possibility of welcoming inbound non-degree seeking students beyond summer of 2021. As part of this consideration, guidance from the CDC, U.S. Department of State, Maine regulations and international education professional organizations will be weighed in the decision making process.

Note: This affects only J-1 exchange students, not international degree candidates or J-1 scholars.

(Last reviewed/updated: 06/16/2021)

Domestic Travel Beyond Maine

Effective July 1, 2021, University travelers are required to follow US CDC and Maine civil authority COVID-19 related guidance regarding the particular travel in which they are engaging. There are no other special COVID-19 related provisions or restrictions in place with regard to domestic travel beyond a requirement to follow US CDC and Maine civil authority guidance. Please see the links below for CDC and civil authority information.

No special approval is required any longer beyond pre-pandemic approval protocols through the University’s customary tools and procedures. University travel should always be approved in advance, bookings made to the maximum extent (transportation, accommodations, etc.) are needed, and expenses claimed using the Concur travel system. Employees seeking further information about travel approval requirements and tools should check the myCampus Portal (External Site) (login required).

Domestic Travel within Maine

Effective July 1, 2021, University travelers are required to follow US CDC and Maine civil authority COVID-19 related guidance regarding the particular travel in which they are engaging. There are no other special COVID-19 related provisions or restrictions in place with regard to domestic travel beyond a requirement to follow US CDC and Maine civil authority guidance. Please see the links below for CDC and civil authority information.

No special approval is required any longer beyond pre-pandemic approval protocols through the University’s customary tools and procedures. University travel should always be approved in advance, bookings made to the maximum extent (transportation, accommodations, etc.) are needed, and expenses claimed using the Concur travel system. Employees seeking further information about travel approval requirements and tools should check the myCampus Portal (External Site) (login required).

(Last reviewed 07/01/2021)

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