Travel Questions

What should I do if I have recently been somewhere that now a confirmed case of COVID-19?

Please immediately call the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at (651) 201-3920 or (800) 657-3903 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

What countries are under the CDC Level 3 Travel Advisory since March 1, 2020?

As of March 14, 2020, countries with Level 3 travel advisories are: China, Iran, South Korea and most of Europe (complete list of European countries: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-europe).

If the employee traveled from or through a COVID-19-affected region, they should first refer to instructions on the CDC website about returning from travel. Then the employee should notify their supervisor about their status as it relates to current CDC guidance. If the CDC guidance or their medical professional indicates the employee should stay home, the employee should stay home.

What is Minnesota Management & Budget recommending for travelers?

MMB briefly posted a recommendation on its website that anyone who traveled outside of Minnesota should self-quarantine at home for three days. This recommendation was quickly rescinded and is not current information.

If the employee traveled from or through a COVID-19-affected region, they should first refer to instructions on the CDC website about returning from travel. Then the employee should notify their supervisor about their status as it relates to current CDC guidance. If the CDC guidance or their medical professional indicates the employee should stay home, the employee should stay home.

I need help with a domestic travel situation.
Can I plan official travel for BSU this summer?

Minnesota State’s suspension of all international travel and effectively all domestic travel remains in place. There is no date by which the system intends to lift this suspension, other than guidance that this is being regularly evaluated. No travel requests will be approved while the suspensions are in place, and no reimbursements will be processed if individuals purchase items such as airfare or pay registration fees for conferences or hotel reservations using private funds.

When did the international travel suspension for Minnesota State-related business travel for students, faculty, or staff become effective?

The suspension became effective Friday, February 28, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. central standard time and impacted all international Minnesota State-related business travel for students, faculty, or staff at that time. There is no specific end date for the suspension, however, the suspension policy is being reviewed on a recurring basis.

What countries or locations are not included under the chancellor’s suspension of international travel?

The international travel suspension does not limit Minnesota State-related travel to the U.S. Territories including Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, U. S. Virgin Island, or Puerto Rico.  Given its proximity, Minnesota State-related travel to Canada will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  There is no limit on domestic travel to include travel to Hawaii or Alaska.  The suspension policy will be reviewed and updated on an as needed basis.

How long is the suspension of international travel?
How does the suspension impact those traveling to Minnesota State institutions from international locations (Examples: guest speakers, candidates, potential students, family members)?

There is no limit or restriction on those traveling from international locations to Minnesota State colleges, universities, or the Minnesota State system office. They will be subject to the protocols in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) depending on where they are coming from.

What if I paid a service charge to my college/university or to a third party for a study abroad experience that was canceled?

Minnesota State is working in close partnership with its 37 colleges and universities with the goal of easing potential impact on students. Individuals who prepaid for their international trip should contact their college/university representative to seek guidance.


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