Travel Registration & Insurance

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

Travel Registration and Insurance

Creighton strongly recommends that all travelers (faculty, staff or students) refrain from purchasing tickets and/or signing travel contracts or non-refundable agreements until they receive confirmation their trip has been approved

Creighton University's Travel Policy requires that all travel sponsored, organized, facilitated, or encouraged by Creighton University must be under the oversight of an administrative unit of the University.  Therefore, all international travel (faculty/staff/students) and any University-sponsored domestic travel (beyond 75 miles from the Omaha metropolitan area must be registered with the Global Engagement Office.  Each individual trip must be registered separately.  Qualified international travelers obtain supplemental traveler's insurance which is partially subsidized by the University. 

Creighton strongly encourages faculty, staff and students to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel

Please review the following information as you plan your travel:

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

The COIVD-19 vaccination has not yet been integrated into this assessment because we do not yet know when it will be broadly available to Creighton travelers and what the requirements of the University, travel organizations, hotels and other agencies will be once the vaccine is widely available.  The assessment plan will be updated when this information is available.

Travel restrictions by country

Travel Restrictions by Country

Information was last updated on January 1, 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."

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)

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.