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University-Sponsored International Travel Has Resumed

Creighton University has resumed international travel with some changes to pre-COVID-19 operations for processing travel requests for faculty, staff and students on university-sponsored business.

  • Faculty and staff must submit international travel requests (registration) to the Travel Registry System before  booking travel. 
  • Students (individuals and organizations) should contact a Study Abroad Advisor about their intent to travel internationally on university-sponsored programs.

Creighton University's travel-related policies (linked below) require prior approval for international travel to higher risk locations as identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the US Department of State (USDS) amongst other organizations. Travelers will be notified after they submit their Travel Registry System request if their destination is considered high risk and if additional information is needed (i.e. safety plans, waivers., and so on).

All University-Sponsored1 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.

Please review the following resources as you plan your international travel:

The World is opening for travel again, one step at a time. The Global Engagement Office (GEO) tracks news 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 sponsor 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 constantly 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 are 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 and 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 the full course of COVID-19 vaccination and boosters before traveling.

Information was last updated on May 10, 2022

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

The U.S. Department of State issues and updates travel advisories frequently.  Please review advisories to your intended destination at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvis…

Likewise, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues and updates travel recommendations by destination.  Please review travel alerts to your intended destination at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-noti…