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University-Sponsored Travel Has Resumed..

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the US Department of State (USDS) have issued travel alerts for many international destinations due to the high risk of exposure to COVID-19.  Therefore, all Creighton University sponsored international travel (travel in which the person represents Creighton) must be registered and undergo a risk management review before approval.

Creighton University members who wish to participate in non-essential (elective) international travel (travel not required for them to perform their employment duties) to destinations with US Department of State or Centers for Disease Control warnings/alerts that exceed the Creighton's travel policies will be encouraged to postpone their travel or to submit a notarized waiver releasing the University of liability for their elective travel. (Click link for sample international travel waiver).

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 travel:

International Travelers

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.


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

COVID-19 Travel Information

Pre-departure Testing Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S.

Starting on December 6, 2021 air travelers aged two and older, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, are required to show documentation of a negative viral test result taken within one day of the flight’s departure to the United States before boarding. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight. That includes all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals.

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country, and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please visit the CDC for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19, including types of accepted tests for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Please see the CDC website for further information on the Omicron Variant.

CDC Order

The CDC recommends that you do not travel internationally until you are fully vaccinated. International travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If you do travel, follow all CDC recommendations before, during, and after travel.

U.S. citizens who choose to travel internationally should be aware that they may face unexpected challenges related to COVID-19 as they attempt return to the United States or attempt to travel from one overseas destination to another.  If you choose to travel internationally, be sure to make contingency plans, as you may find yourself having to remain in a foreign country longer than originally planned. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Order, which took effect November 8, 2021, requiring all  non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States remains in effect. Travelers should monitor the CDC website on international travel for the latest guidance regarding testing requirements.

Exceptions to the CDC Order requiring all air passengers to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States are extremely limited to the following groups:

  • children under 18
  • people medically unable to receive the vaccine
  • emergency travelers who do not have timely access to a vaccine

Humanitarian exemptions to the CDC order are granted on an extremely limited basis.

For additional information, please visit our FAQs for answers to questions about the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

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

The U.S. Department of State issues and updates travel advisories frequently.  Please review advisories to your intended destination at…

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…

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