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Latest Update In Process For Requesting High-Risk Travel And nCovid-19 Guidelines

By Yash Yadav

Planning a trip abroad? There has been a new process for a smooth movement of travellers during the time of a pandemic. Travel may be regarding universities activities such as research, meetings, study international, conferences, recruiting, competitions, fieldwork and many more.

Policy 1070

Virginia Tech Policy 1070: International travel policy does not give permission to any university supported global travel to or from points where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has passed a Travel Health Notice Level 3 or higher.

Moreover, the policy does not allow international students to travel to places where the U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory Level 3 or higher.

Travellers can petition the Global Travel Oversight Committee (GTOC) for an exception to Policy 1070 for high-risk travel. Exceptions are not accepted automatically and can be revoked at any time.

For students, will not be acknowledged by Virginia Tech for unauthorized global travel. Only students that will get a waiver from the GTOC will be given permission for credit transfer from studying abroad.

New Process

If your destination is at high risk due to Covid 19, the procedure is now a canvas course and must be fulfilled by the below deadlines, based on the traveller’s affiliation to Virginia Tech and vaccination status. 

COVID-19 Vaccination StatusAffiliation to Virginia TechDeadline
Fully VaccinatedUndergraduate students Faculty, staff, and graduate studentsAt least 30 days prior to departure
At least 14 days prior to departure
Not Fully VaccinatedFaculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate studentsAt least 45 days prior to departure

If the destination is at high risk but not due to Covid then the standard process for high-risk travel should be followed. Dependents and guests are welcome to if they are interested in the provided information but are not required to complete this course.

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