International Travel Restrictions

Columbia-related international travel is currently restricted. Please find the requirements for requesting Columbia-related international travel below. 
These international travel restrictions are in addition to the requirements of the International Travel Planning Policy
Requests should be submitted prior to booking travel and at least 30 days prior to the commencement of travel.

Fall 2021 Travel Restrictions (Effective September 9, 2021)

*Procedure for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students Requesting International Travel for Columbia-related Activities in U.S. Department of State Level 3 & 4 Countries:
  • Have itinerary reviewed by ISOS;

  • Complete Travel Waiver for Officers of Administration and graduate students (this form is NOT required for Faculty) - please include your tentative flights and accommodation information when submitting this waiver;

  • *Secure written approval from the dean or head of administrative unit;

  • *Secure written approval from the Provost or, for CUIMC affiliates, from the EVP and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine;

  • If approved, register travel with International SOS (ISOS).

*Global Travel will effectuate secure written approvals once the traveler has complete the Travel Waiver and the ISOS Pre-Trip Itinerary Review. 

Applies to travel both from the U.S. to non-U.S. countries and between non-U.S. countries, including after a return to a non-U.S. country of residence.

For unvaccinated people, the following conditions apply:

  1. All domestic or international travel, recommended to avoid people with higher risk for severe disease for 14 days
  2. For domestic travel, recommend quarantine (7 days if tested on day 3-5 or 10 days without a test);
  3. For international travel, required quarantine (7 days if tested on day 3-5 or 10 days without a test)

Please contact [email protected] for more information.

**Procedure for Graduate Students Requesting International Travel for Columbia-related Activities in U.S. Department of State Level 1 & 2 Countries:
  • Approval of the dean or head of administrative unit. Issues to be taken into account include need for in-person presence, location of activities, housing situation, etc.
  • Register travel with ISOS if approved. 
Requests should be submitted prior to booking travel and at least 30 days prior to the commencement of travel.

For more information on the current Travel Restrictions, please visit Fall 2021 Travel Restrictions.  

 

Please contact our office at [email protected] for more information.

Travel FAQs

All faculty, staff, and registered students are covered by Columbia’s Fall 2021 Travel Restrictions and the International Travel Planning Policy. These policies apply regardless of whether you are accessing campus.

Columbia’s travel restrictions apply to all Columbia faculty, staff, and students even if the travel is part of a non-Columbia sponsored program. This includes travel that may be partially funded or arranged by Columbia, may earn academic credit at Columbia, may be coordinated by a Columbia-recognized student group, or may be an extension of a faculty or researcher’s professional work.

Group Columbia-related travel, whether international or domestic, is not permissible in groups of three or more. All international personal travel is strongly discouraged, including travel with other students.

All international Columbia-related travel remains suspended for undergraduate students.

For Department of State Level 3 and 4 countries, a traveler must first obtain an ISOS itinerary review. Officers of Administration and graduate students must also complete a Travel Waiver. These items should then be submitted to [email protected]. Once Global Travel receives the ISOS Itinerary Review and travel waiver, we will submit the travel request for review on the traveler's behalf. 

For Department of State Level 1 and 2 countries, approval is not required for faculty and staff, but they must register their travel with ISOS. Graduate students traveling to DoS Level 1 and 2 countries should reach out to [email protected] to initiate the dean’s approval process.

All approved international travel must be registered with International SOS. Visit globaltravel.columbia.edu or email [email protected] for more information.

Faculty and staff who need to work abroad for the fall semester must complete the travel approval process for work in countries that have a Department of State Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 and must register their travel with ISOS for Level 1 or 2 countries. Their departments or units must also contact the International Hiring Committee at [email protected].

Students who fail to comply with applicable travel restrictions will be subject to Dean’s Discipline and review by Student Conduct and Community Standards. In the case of faculty or staff violations, the dean or head of the administrative unit will be notified.