Travel Registration & Insurance

For International Travelers Returning to Nebraska During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Travel Registration and Insurance

University-sponsored travel is resuming gradually...

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the US Department of State have issued travel alerts for most domestic and international destinations due to the high risk of exposure to COVID-19.  Therefore, Creighton University members who wish to participate in non-essential (elective) travel (travel not required for them to perform their employment duties) will be encouraged to postpone their travel or to submit a notarized waiver releasing the University of liability for their elective travel. (Click links for sample domestic and international travel waivers).
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All University-Sponsored1 domestic and international travel must be pre-approved and registered in Creighton's Travel Registry System:

Travelers must create a profile using their Blue NetID and password the first time they travel.  This provides basic information (such as emergency contact information) and will speed up future trip registrations.

For each trip, the traveler must provide proposed travel dates and itinerary before purchasing tickets or paying for travel expenses. Provide all requested information until you reach the "save and finish" button.

The registry system then immediately routes the proposed trip to the traveler's administrative unit approver in the respective School/College or Division to confirm eligibility for travel and availability of funding.

Once the administrative unit approves, the Global Engagement Office will conduct a required risk management assessment and determine if a special waiver and/or any other documentation is needed.

Travelers may purchase tickets and commit University funds only after being cleared by GEO. 2

International travelers are required to also enroll in Creighton's Travel Security Program (includes University-approved supplemental travel insurance, the AlertTraveler app, etc.).

Travelers are then ready to travel!  (Depending on destination, travelers may be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel)

Creighton University strongly recommends that all travelers (faculty, staff and students) complete the COVID-19 vaccination course before traveling.

Important Notices:

1"Sponsored" travel includes, but is not limited to, individuals and groups who receive University funding or who travel under the auspices of Creighton University funded by personal and/or group finances.

2Creighton strongly recommends that travelers refrain from purchasing travel tickets until after the Global Engagement Office has confirmed they are cleared to travel.  Travelers will be responsible for reimbursing the University for any travel expenses incurred before approval.

Creighton University Travel Policy: Domestic and International

Creighton University Travel Warning Policy

International Travelers

Risk factors considered for approval of international travel

The World is opening for travel again, one step at a time. The Global Engagement Office (GEO) has been tracking the news events about the COVID-19 pandemic as well as about the reopening of various travel sectors around the world in order to better decide when, where, and how to resume University-sponsored international travel.

Travel abroad at any time requires travelers to be aware of the social and political atmospheres of their destination country and to apply common-sense precautions for health and safety while abroad. Travel abroad during this time requires an increased tolerance for ambiguity given the changing atmosphere surrounding COVID-19.

Creighton University is working closely with our partners abroad to plan for upcoming international travel. Based on consultation with travel security organizations, insurance underwriters, travel experts, and public health organizations worldwide, the following points of information will be considered in determining whether Creighton University-sponsored international travel will be approved.  GEO will conduct a risk analysis on an individual destination country and travel program basis.

Focus of Analysis

Factors to be Considered*

U.S. National and Local Conditions

  • U.S. Department of State travel advisory of the destination country at Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution or below (exceptions to a location at Level 3: Reconsider Travel will be evaluated based on the nature of the advisory, development of special mitigation plans, and clearance from the University?s insurance underwriter);
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel health advisory for the destination country at Level 2: Moderate Risk or below (exceptions to a location at Level 3: High Risk  will be evaluated based on the nature of the advisory, development of special mitigation plans, and clearance from the University?s insurance underwriter);
  • Destination country?s embassy and/or consular services open in the U.S.U.S. (national) and Nebraska (state) requirements upon re-entry (i.e. quarantine, testing, etc.);
  • Clearance form University insurance underwriter;
  • Thoroughness of pre-departure planning / orientation;

Destination Country Conditions

  • Country intelligence reports (Alert Traveler, international organizations, etc.);
  • International arrival restrictions and port of arrival requirements (i.e. quarantine, etc.);
  • COVID-19 infection rate;Availability of COVID-19 testing;
  • Reliability of contact tracing system
  • Medical system capacity (hospital bed and ICU occupancy, ventilator availability, PPE supply, etc.);
  • U.S. embassy and consular services fully functional;
  • Airline schedules, booking policies and travel requirements;
  • Restrictions in coverage by supplemental health and travel insurance;
  • Restrictions for in-country recreational travel;

Destination Partner Institution Conditions

  • Partner institution COVID-19 safety plan (social distancing, sanitizing of premises, contact tracing system, availability of COVID-19 testing, availability of quarantine and isolations spaces, etc.);
  • Room and board arrangements (if not on institution?s premises);
  • Partner institution waiver requirement(s) (if any);
  • Academic continuation plan should a student return to the U.S. before the end of the study term (i.e. on-line or independent study options, etc.);
  • Student support programming.

*Note

Creighton University STRONGLY recommends travelers complete a full course of COVID-19 vaccination before traveling.

Travel restrictions by country

Travel Restrictions by Country

Information was last updated on May 13, 2021

Follow the link below to access information on measures taken by governments as reported to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA is the trade association for the world?s airlines, representing some 290 airlines or 82% of total air traffic.

Government Measures Related to COVID-19

Entry restrictions to the United States

Entry to the United States

On January 25, 2021, President Joseph Biden signed a "Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronaviruse Disease."  On April 30, 2021 additional restrictions were added in  "A Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019."

With specific exceptions, foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States. For a full list of exceptions, please refer to the relevant proclamation linked above:

  • European Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City);
  • United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe);
  • Republic of Ireland;
  • Brazil;
  • Republic of South Africa.

This proclamation shall remain in effect until terminated by the President.  The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall, as circumstances warrant and no more than 30 days after the date of this proclamation and by the final day of each calendar month thereafter, recommend whether the President should continue, modify, or terminate this proclamation.

President Biden's proclamation indicated that travel restrictions imposed by President Donal Trump in 2020 from the following countries would remain in effect until further notice:

  • China;
  • Iran.

These travel restrictions do NOT apply to U.S. citizens or non-citizens who have lawful residence in the U.S., their immediate family members, and others cleared by the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (which may include students who are continuing their studies at a U.S. institution).

Further requirements for ALL travelers entering the U.S. include:

  • A negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point (Tests accepted are: antigen, NAAT, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR or TMA).  Passenger name and details on the test certificate must match those on the passport.
  • Passengers must complete a disclosure and attestation form before departure.  The form can be obtained HERE.
  • Passengers arriving in New York State must complete the Traveler Health Form.
  • Passengers are subject to COVID-19 measures set by the state of their final destination. See details HERE.

More information about what to do after arriving to the United States is available on CDC's After You Travel webpage.

Worldwide travel cautions

Worldwide Travel Cautions

The U.S. Department of State has issued the following worldwide travel advisories that remain in effect:

On August 6, 2020: The U.S. Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory initially put in place on March 19, 2020 due to continuing global impact of COVID-19.

Creighton University members considering international travel should review the U.S. Department of State's International Travel page and Travel Advisories for more information before finalizing plans.

Domestic Travelers

Risk Factors Considered for Approval of Domestic Travel

Risk Factors Considered for Approval of Domestic Travel

Travel of any kind requires travelers to be aware of the social and economic conditions of their destination and to apply common-sense precautions for health and safety. Travel during this time requires an increased tolerance for ambiguity given the changing atmosphere surrounding COVID-19.

Creighton University is closely monitoring conditions to determine when and how domestic travel might resume. Based on consultation with travel security organizations, insurance underwriters, travel experts, and public health organizations, the following points of information will be considered in determining whether Creighton University-sponsored domestic travel will be approved.  GEO will conduct a risk analysis on an individual destination and travel program basis.

Focus of Analysis

Factors to be Considered*

Critical Nature of Travel

  • Is the travel academically critical and cannot be postponed (i.e. essential for timely degree completion; accreditation for an academic program; etc.)?
  • Is the travel critical for University operations and cannot be postponed (i.e. student recruitment; athletics; Phoenix campus operations; etc.)?

Nebraska COVID-19 Conditions

  • Overall NE positivity rate (range preferably below 3%) and Rt factor (range should be below 1.0);
  • Douglas and Sarpy Counties positivity rate (range preferably below 5%) and Rt factor (range should be below 1.0);
  • NE DHHS directed health measures (including travel advisories);
  • Creighton University Screening Phase.

COVID-19 Conditions at Destination

  • Itinerary [i.e. state(s), city(ies), dates];
  • Overall State positivity rate (should be below 3%) and Rt factor (range should be below 1.0);
  • Local county overall positivity rate (should be below 3%) and Rt factor (range should be below 1.0);
  • Local State / city directed health measures in place;
  • Hospital /ICU bed and ventilator availability;
  • Availability / access / type of COVID-19 testing; Contact tracing program.

Travel Conditions

  • By Air:
    • Flight availability (daily return flights available in case of emergency return needed);
    • Airline COVID-19 procedures / requirements (i.e. masks, social distancing, pre-travel COVID-19 testing, vaccine; etc.);
  • By Ground:
    • Type (i.e. coach, car); 
    • Social distancing implications.

Detailed Health Plan

  • Pre-trip health expectations (in addition to standard health clearance may need to meet airline carrier or destination city / program requirements).
  • Procedures articulated (documented and verified) if traveler is exposed or develops symptoms during trip:
    • Quarantine space;
    • Isolation space;
    • Medical professional care;
    • Emergency hospitalization;
  • Return to Nebraska plan during /after quarantine.

Planned Activities During Trip

  • There is a detailed plan on how precaution and mitigation strategies will be implemented at all times during travel (i.e. face coverings; social distancing; hand washing; meal preparation and consumption; etc.).
  • Hotel (COVID-19 safety procedures).
  • Meals (i.e. locations, type of meal service, training of servers, etc.).
  • Transportation within city / between activities (i.e. public, private, etc.).
  • Sites to be visited (i.e. social distancing capacity, COVID-19 safety procedures, etc.).

*Note

Creighton University STRONGLY recommends travelers complete a full course of COVID-19 vaccination before traveling.

Travel Restrictions by U.S. State

Restrictions By U.S. State

COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends minimizing travel as the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

Each U.S. state has identified local restrictions, and some include mandatory lockdowns.  The following national publications are maintaining updated guides on State Coronavirus reopenings and lockdowns.  Please note when the last update of the site took place when reviewing the information:

Nebraska Department of Health Traveler Recommendations

Departments of Public Health - All U.S. States

State Departments of Health

 

State

Department of Public Health

Alabama

Department of Public Health

Alaska

Health and Social Services

Arizona

Department of Health Services

Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Health

California

Department of Health Services

Colorado

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Connecticut

Department of Public Health

Delaware

Division of Public Health

District of Columbia

Department of Health

Florida

Department of Health

Georgia

Division of Public Health

Hawaii

State Department of Health

Idaho

Department of Health and Welfare

Illinois

Department of Public Health

Indiana

State Department of Health

Iowa

Department of Public Health

Kansas

Department of Health and Environment

Kentucky

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Louisiana

Department of Health and Hospitals

Maine

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Maryland

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Massachusetts

Department of Public Health

Michigan

Department of Community Health

Minnesota

Department of Health

Mississippi

State Department of Health

Missouri

Department of Health and Senior Services

Montana

Department of Public Health and Human Services

Nebraska

Department of Health and Human Services

Nevada

Health Division

New Hampshire

Department of Health and Human Services

New Jersey

Department of Health and Senior Services

New Mexico

Department of Health

New York

Department of Health

North Carolina

Department of Health and Human Services

North Dakota

Department of Health

Ohio

Department of Health

Oklahoma

State Department of Health

Oregon

Public Health Division

Pennsylvania

Department of Health

Rhode Island

Department of Health

South Carolina

Department of Health and Human Services

South Dakota

Department of Health

Tennessee

Department of Health

Texas

Department of State Health Services

Utah

Department of Health

Vermont

Department of Health

Virginia

Department of Health

Washington

State Department of Health

West Virginia

Department of Health and Human Resources

Wisconsin

Department of Health and Family Services

Wyoming

Department of Health

 

For International Travelers Returning to Nebraska During the COVID-19 Outbreak