Planning Columbia-Related International Travel

All Columbia affiliates are required to comply with the International Travel Planning Policy (ITPP) and the International Travel Restrictions when conducting Columbia-related International Travel.

Columbia University utilizes the Travel Risk Ratings produced by International SOS (ISOS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the pre-travel requirements for Columbia affiliates. 


For the country list: ISOS Travel Risk Ratings. ISOS Evacuation Status, and CDC COVID-19 Travel Health Advisories. Please note this list is updated every business day at 10.00 EDT (latest update May 24, 2022). When planning travel, verify your destination's ISOS Travel Risk rating and CDC Travel Health Advisory.


ITPP and International Travel Restrictions Travel Requirements

Undergraduate Students must comply with the Undergraduate International Travel Policy which includes a separate process of the ISOS itinerary review. 

Note:

You must verify your destination's ISOS Travel Risk Rating and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Travel Health Advisory when planning Columbia-related international travel. You must comply with both the International Travel Planning Policy and Spring 2022 International Travel Restrictions listed above. 

Procedure for Graduate Students Requesting CU-Related International Travel

  1. Determine your destination's ISOS Travel Risk Rating and Evacuation Status;
  2. Determine your destination's CDC COVID-19 Travel Health Advisory Level; 
  3. Follow the below applicable chart depending upon the CDC COVID-19 Travel Advisory Level:

 

For Travel to CDC Level 3, 4, or Unknown:

For Travel to CDC Level 1 and 2 Countries:

Email [email protected] for more information.

Additional information

Officers of Instruction, Officers of Research, Officers of the Libraries, Postdoctoral Fellow/Scholars traveling with students must ensure that all student travelers have complied with all pre-departure travel requirements.

Please note, if your location is a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, but has an ISOS Medium, High, or Extreme Travel Risk, you must complete the requirements listed under the ISOS locations above. If your location is a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4, but has an ISOS Travel Risk Rating of Insignificant or Low, you must complete the steps listed under the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories listed above. 

If your location has a CDC COVID-19 Advisory Level 1 or 2, but has an ISOS Medium, High, or Extreme Travel Risk, you must complete the requirements listed under the ISOS Travel Risk Ratings. If your location has a CDC COVID-19 Advisory Level 3 or 4, but has an ISOS Travel Risk Rating of Insignificant or Low, you must complete the steps listed under the listed above. 

You must comply with the highest rating of your location, this includes cities with an ISOS High Risk Rating, but overall Medium Risk Rating for the country. 

Columbia travelers must take an active role in addressing administrative, health and safety concerns inherent to international travel. If you are planning a trip abroad, recognize that certain regions require special considerations due to political, cultural, legal or health-related reasons. Your careful review and consideration of the current state of your travel destination(s) is critical to your trip’s success.