Pandemic Travel Policy

University COVID-19 Policy on International Travel
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Updated November 9, 2021

This policy applies to all university faculty, staff, residents, fellows, and students regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. This policy does not apply to international travel for personal reasons. However, considering the health risks that travel continues to present, we recommend that anyone considering personal international travel consult the CDC's travel guidance.

Effective November 9, 2021, MUSC has adopted a less restrictive stance on allowable university-related international travel that emphasizes a traveler’s personal responsibility for understanding complex border restrictions, entry requirements, and public health concerns.

International Travel Requirements

There are different rules for different travelers regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. MUSC designation and the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory and CDC Travel Health Notices for the destination determine which rules apply. To determine MUSC traveler requirements, consult the international travel chart (PDF).

While University International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) approval may no longer be required for certain categories of international travel, each college or department may have additional travel restrictions in place.

Faculty, Staff, Fellows, and Residents

  • Faculty, staff, fellows, and residents are permitted to travel to destinations under a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 1, 2, or 3 without seeking approval from the University International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC).
  • Faculty, staff, fellows, and residents must petition for an exception through the University International Travel Oversight Committee if travel is to a destination under a high-risk risk rating by the U.S. Department of State and/or CDC. This includes:
  • U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 4; or
  • CDC Level 3; or
  • CDC COVID-19 Risk Level 4 or Level Unknown.

Students

All student international travel requests remain subject to a petition process for an exception through the International Travel Oversight Committee.

International Travel Petition Process

Petitions must be submitted four (4) weeks prior to departure.

1. Faculty and staff must first receive approval from the respective department chair (for faculty) and unit supervisor (for staff). Students and residents must first receive approval from the respective program director and dean.

2. The traveler must submit a petition to itoc@musc.edu. The traveler’s college or department must verify that the petitioned international travel is essential and cannot be deferred.

* Faculty and Staff Travel Petition
* Resident and Student Travel Petition

3. The ITOC will submit the travel details to our emergency medical and security global assistance provider for a risk assessment

  • The ITOC will review the travel petition and the risk assessment report and consider host-country specific indicators including, but not limited to:
    * U.S. Department of State travel advisory level.
    * CDC travel health notice level.
    * International SOS risk ratings.
    * U.S. Embassy operational status.
    * Border conditions with neighboring countries.
    * Entry quarantine requirements for visitors.
    * In-country restrictions on business, movements, etc.
    * Reports of violence or aggression towards foreigners.
    * Local healthcare indicators – COVID rates, access to healthcare, etc.
    * Flight availability.
    * Re-entry quarantine requirements.

4. Upon review, the ITOC will deliver a recommendation. If the ITOC does not recommend a trip proceed or that it should proceed only if certain conditions are met, they will notify the dean and provost to discuss the concerns. Requestors will be notified of request approval, denial, or need for modification by ITOC.

5. Upon approval, all faculty, staff, residents, and students must register their international, university-sponsored travel with International SOS, (Membership ID: 11BCAS084634) MUSC’s Global Assistance provider.

Approved trips are subject to a reversal if conditions change as the departure date approaches.
*If students are unable to return to campus on time due to travel changes, their plan of study may be affected, leading to a later graduation date.

COVID-19 Travel Resources