FIU’s Travel Committee (TC) continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and is cognizant of faculty, staff and students wanting to resume traveling for academic and business purposes. Taking into consideration information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of State, World Health Organization and FIU’s own experts, the following restrictions are in place:
Outbound International Travel
International travel by faculty, staff and students on behalf of the university remains restricted until further notice.
Recognizing that some trips are critical to our research preeminence and student success goals, the university will maintain the current protocol of accepting petitions for travel that is deemed essential to our achieving those goals. Petitions submitted by students must be supported by a member of the faculty.
International travel petitions (see here) must be submitted online and will be routed for review by the university’s Travel Committee (TC). The ultimate decision to permit or restrict travel rests with the Provost.
If a travel exception is granted, travelers will be advised that they must:
- Submit a travel authorization request (TAR) via the regular process in Panthersoft.
- Attach the approval of the travel petition to the expense report as supporting documentation.
- Follow the requirements and recommendations stipulated in FIU’s International Travel Policy.
- Register the trip with the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and forward enrollment confirmation (auto-email) to email@example.com.
- Students must register with the Office of Education Abroad (OEA), complete a pre-departure briefing with the OEA, and enroll in FIU’s international insurance program for students at their own cost.
Outbound Domestic Travel
As of Summer 2021 (effective May 10, 2021), domestic individual travel by faculty, staff and students no longer requires a petition for approval by the provost. The approval for such trips rests again with the employee’s supervisor, or the student’s faculty mentor, and is processed via the regular Travel Authorization (TA) request in Panthersoft.
Supervisors as well as travelers are urged to closely follow best practices and recommendations by the CDC for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Travelers also should take into consideration prior to departure any travel restrictions applying to transit as well as at the destination, which may have a significant impact on the work to be completed.
Group travel such as Study USA programs organized by academic units remains suspended throughout Summer. The Travel Committee will make a recommendation if they may be resumed in the Fall in the coming weeks.
Group travel for excursions or field trips within the vicinity (50 miles or less from FIU) without overnight stays may proceed without prior approval by the Office of the Provost as long as physical distancing requirements and the university’s COVID-19 safety protocol are strictly enforced.
All members of the FIU community, including but not limited to students, employees, vendors, and visitors, are required to follow FIU policies and guidelines outlined in this website when accessing any physical university premises regardless of where they travel from (across the street, local, national, international). FIU will only require a period of quarantine if it is required by local, state or federal health authorities. We encourage our constituents to frequently check this website for the latest updates pertaining to travel guidelines.
International students and visiting scholars are invited to FIU to complete their studies or teaching and research assignments. They are advised to inform themselves about changes to our academic enterprise in response to the COVID-19 pandemic prior to their departure to the U.S. and regularly visit this website. They should also contact our Office of International Student & Scholar Services for additional guidance.
For questions concerning the current travel protocol, please contact TC Chair Gitta Montoto at firstname.lastname@example.org.