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Updates on Coronavirus

Coronavirus Updates

Travel increases the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Vaccination is strongly encouraged before travel. Anyone who chooses to travel, regardless of vaccination status, should self-monitor symptoms and follow masking and other safety protocols. 

International Travel

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, international travel requires careful consideration.  For any questions related to travel to specific locations, please consult with Global USA. Prior to any international departure, students, scholars and employees are required to register their travel. Students and scholars, as well as university employees traveling personally, are required to submit this International Travel Registration Form to the Global USA office. Employees are also required to provide this information to their supervisor. During general operations, all university-related international/foreign travel by employees must be approved by the appropriate department head, dean/administrator, Vice-President/Senior Vice President and President (https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/ie/intltravel.html).  As always, approval is informed by Department of State and CDC travel guidance. 

Students, scholars and employees who leave the U.S. and travel abroad and have not been vaccinated will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon return. Students, scholars and employees may opt for a mandatory, modified quarantine period with two negative COVID-19 PCR test results. If this option is selected, the individual will test 1-3 days prior to their return flight or as soon as possible upon return, test again 3-5 days after travel, AND remain in quarantine for 7 days after travel. 

Students, scholars and employees who leave the U.S. and travel abroad and have been fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine against COVID-19 will be required to show negative COVID-19 PCR test results when tested 1-3 days prior to their return flight and when tested 3-5 days after travel (COVID-19 PCR); however, quarantine is not required for fully vaccinated individuals. 

COVID-19 PCR testing costs will be the individual’s personal responsibility for personal travel and may be conducted at Student Health or another testing site. Student Health or Employee Health and Wellness will provide medical clearance for return to on-campus activities and classes. If a positive test result is received on any COVID-19 test, the individual must isolate, report the positive case to reportcovid@southalabama.edu, and follow all procedures indicated by Contact Tracing and Student Health/Employee Health until they receive medical clearance for in-person classes, work activities, and events.

For personal international travel, the employee will be required to use additional vacation/PTO days, as applicable, for the post-travel quarantine period, and supervisory approval of the additional vacation/PTO days must be obtained prior to travel. For business-related international travel, the employee will consult with the supervisor to determine details of work to be performed during the post-travel quarantine period.

Travel Within the United States

Vaccinations are encouraged prior to any personal and business travel outside the greater Mobile area. Anyone who travels, regardless of vaccination status, should self-monitor symptoms and follow masking and other safety protocols. 

Using the resources below, please review the location to which you are traveling in order to make an informed decision about your travel plans and follow CDC guidance for domestic travel.

Travel information and updates are best obtained from the following sources: