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Emergency Updates

    • Updated Testing Requirements for Entry to US

      December 03, 2021

      Effective 12/2/21, the United States government has changed the testing requirement for all travel to the United States which now must occur ONE DAY before travel. Drexel travelers should review carefully the full details on the CDC website. US Embassies maintain COVID-19 information on their websites including the availability of in-country testing. 


    • Omicron variant detected

      December 01, 2021

      Drexel International Health, Safety and Security is monitoring closely the news of a recently-discovered COVID-19 variant, Omicron. The variant was originally detected in southern Africa, but has been reported in other parts of the world, including Europe, Australia, Hong Kong and now also in the United States. In the coming weeks it is expected that we will learn more about the Omicron variant including if it is more transmissible, causes more or less severe disease than other variants of SARS Co-V-2, or if vaccination or prior infection protects against infection. We will be closely monitoring these developments to assess their implications for Drexel travelers.

      For now, Drexel international travelers are advised to monitor closely travel restrictions in different countries, practice pro-active public health measures such as masking, social distancing and frequent hand washing and to obtain a booster when it is available to you. Travelers are advised to obtain a booster prior to travel as it is unlikely that it may be easily accessed while travelling.   

       


    • CDC Updates Guidance for International Travel

      June 07, 2021

      The United States Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention recently updated its international travel guidance for fully-vaccinated travelers. The CDC revised its  assessment methodology for Travel Health Notices for international travel to better differentiate between countries with severe outbreaks and those where COVID-19 persists, but its spread is more controlled. This adjustment resulted in changes to the Travel Health Notices for more than 120 countries, lowering levels for many countries. In addition, the Travel Health Notices now offer separate guidance for vaccinated travelers.

      University-related international travel is limited and continues to be reviewed by the Essential Travel Review Committee. For more information, visit COVID-19 Essential Travel Guidance or contact Covid19travel@drexel.edu.


    • Recent Changes to State Department Advisories

      April 20, 2021

      On April 20, the US Department of State updated its methodology for determining the advisory level for countries around the world to place a greater importance on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Travel Health Notices for COVID-19. As a result, recent updates to the Travel Advisories for the majority of countries may not reflect a change in the safety or security environment, but rather the continuing challenges of COVID-19 in many countries. Nearly 80% of the Travel Advisories have been raised to a Level 4: Do not travel. 

      Drexel's International Health, Safety and Security uses many resources in evaluating destinations abroad including COVID-19 infection rates, health care capacity, vaccination rates and risk assessments from many organizations including the US government. All university-affiliated international travel will be reviewed by the Essential Travel Review Committee (ETRC), the body that reviews University travel during the COVID-19 pandemic and will take into account all of these factors in its review process. The safety and security of Drexel travelers remains a priority in all decision-making. Information on the ETRC review process can be viewed on the procurement website.   

       



    • Fall Intensive Courses Abroad Discontinued

      April 05, 2021

      Given the unique logistical and safety concerns of offering Intensive Courses Abroad during the pandemic and the uncertainty of the vaccine rollout worldwide, the Office of Global Engagement has made the difficult decision to discontinue the September 2021 offerings. The safety of Drexel and students remain a priority in assessing program offerings. This decision has been communicated to students and faculty involved in the September ICAs.


    • New COVID-19 Requirements for Entry to the US

      February 02, 2021

      The US government recently implemented a new entry requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result 72 hours prior to departure or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before the boarding of any flights to the United States from international destinations. This requirement applies to all travelers, including US citizens. US Embassies are providing detailed information on testing availability in each country. Drexel travelers should carefully review the availability of an acceptable COVID-19 testing facility in their destination prior to their departure from the United States. 


    • CDC Introduces new COVID-19 Travel Health Notices

      November 21, 2020

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently introduced new COVID-19 specific Travel Health Notices for international destinations and United States Territories. The new advisory system uses four levels, ranging from Level 1: Low level of COVID-19, Exercise normal travel precautions to Level 4: Very high level of COVID-19, Avoid all travel. The levels are based upon the incidence rate of COVID-19 per 100,000 people over the past 28 days, new case trajectories, in-country hospitalization rates and cumulative testing positivity rates. Most countries are at a Level 4: Avoid all travel. For more information on the University policies regarding travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, see the COVID-19 Essential Travel Guidance. The CDC will maintain its three level system for non-COVID 19 related Travel Health Notices.  


    • Drexel maintains restrictions on international travel for Winter 2021

      October 16, 2020

      As Drexel continues to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic domestically and abroad, it has made the difficult decision to forego international travel for all Drexel students for the Winter 2021 term. This includes all education abroad, international co-op and non-credit experiences abroad. Faculty and staff international travel also remains prohibited. Faculty and staff may contact Covid19travel@drexel.edu if they have questions about any upcoming travel.


    • US State Department Removes Worldwide Global Health Advisory

      August 07, 2020

      On August 6, the US Department of State removed its worldwide Level 4: Do not travel Global Health Advisory, reverting to its previous approach of providing travel advisories on a country by country basis. Some countries remain at Level 4: Do not travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other serious security concerns. The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention simultaneously removed its worldwide Level 3: Global Health advisory, assessing COVID-19 risk on a country by country basis. Most countries remain at Level 3: COVID-19 Risk is high. International travel remains prohibited for all Drexel students, faculty and staff. 


    • Drexel continues prohibted international travel for Fall 2020

      July 15, 2020

      Due to the ongoing challenges for international travel presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and in support of worldwide public health efforts to contain its spread, Drexel has cancelled all Fall term international programming. This includes international co-op placements, all education abroad programs, and all student organization international travel. Faculty and staff international travel is also cancelled until further notice. For more information, please visit the Drexel Response to Coronavirus website. 

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