Higher Risk Travel

COVID-19 and Education Abroad

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges and increased risk to international travelers. Certain destinations present acute risk. Until further notice, CSU has a restriction on non-essential student international travel. The CSU International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) has created advising processes to help students inform themselves on the know risks of travel and to foster proactive risk mitigation practices as they embark on essential travel.

CSU Essential Travel: essential international academic travel advances the academic development of the student in a manner that cannot be met on campus. Essential international research travel is travel that advances the mission of the University and cannot be completed remotely.  

Graduate students who are proposing travel should review this COVID-19 Travel Guidance and complete all necessary steps at least one month before travel.

Undergraduate students who are planning an Education Abroad should communicate with their regional Education Abroad Coordinator for advising support. Additional guidance related to travel in the ongoing pandemic can be found in their myEdAbroad profile.

Process for Travel to Higher Risk Countries or Travel Involving Higher Risk Activities

CSU supports student travelers in all regions of the world, including in higher risk destinations; however, this travel is discouraged when a lower risk option is available. Nevertheless, travel may be authorized based on educational necessity, high-level in-country support, duration, specific location, measures taken to mitigate risks, previous travel experience, or other factors.

All students traveling internationally for academic or extracurricular CSU purposes, no matter the destination, must register their travel with International Programs. Please contact educationabroad@colostate.edu with any questions regarding the registration process.

Additionally, students and staff interested in traveling to countries placed on the CSU Higher Risk Destination List, or travel involving high-risk activities (mountaineering, SCUBA, etc.) must request authorization for travel from the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) composed of staff from education abroad, risk management, legal counsel and support/safety assessment.

Steps to Authorize Higher Risk Travel

  • Consult the CSU Higher Risk Destination List. If you are traveling to a country on this list, or you are participating in a high risk activity abroad, you must apply & submit an International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) petition.
  • Submit your petition to your Education Abroad Coordinator. The committee meets every other Monday at 3:30pm. To ensure your travel is authorized in a timely manner, submit your petition to Education Abroad as soon as your travel is confirmed.

If you have questions or need assistance with this process, please contact us at any time.

Please note: for students traveling in groups with CSU faculty or staff, often trip leaders complete this step. Check with your leader to see if they have completed this before beginning this process.

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