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Current status

The health and safety of our university community remains our top priority as we welcome all members of the FIU community back to our campuses.

It is strongly advised that individuals on campus wear a face covering indoors and wash their hands frequently. Additionally, all students, faculty and staff who come to campus must complete the P3 app questionnaire every time they come to campus. These measures are crucial to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. 

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What's open

FIU has resumed normal hours of operation. Visit the ShopFIU webpage to find out which dining and retail services are open. For all other hours, please visit respective department websites.

Events

Groups requesting to host events no longer need to submit their event through the events transition form. For more information on venue availability and capacity, please consult the Central Reservations system. 

Travel

Student, Faculty & Staff Travel

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

    Effective Fall 2021, a revised approval protocol for FIU-sponsored and -affiliated international travel by individual employees and students as well as groups (FIU travelers) in alignment with U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisories, notices and COVID-19 travel recommendations (see below for reference) will be instituted as follows:

    • Travel to countries categorized at levels 1 or 2 by the DOS or the CDC does not require the submission of a travel petition but the approval of the Travel Authorization Request (TAR) in PantherSoft. Should either agency’s level change to 3 or 4 prior to departure, a petition must be submitted (should the change take place short notice, petitions will be expedited).
    • Travel to countries categorized at levels 3 or 4 by the DOS or the CDC requires the submission of a travel petition to be reviewed by the International Travel Committee (ITC) and for approval by the Provost as early as possible. Should the petition be denied and the DOS or the CDC subsequently lowers the level and the traveler still wishes to depart, s/he may request that the original petition will be reconsidered by sending an email to intltravel@fiu.edu.
    • Travel petitions should be submitted and approved prior to entering a TAR in PantherSoft.
    • Should risks increase while FIU travelers are abroad, regardless of the posted level by the above agencies, the University reserves the right, in accordance with its International Travel Policy for Employees and Students, for the Provost to require that FIU travelers return to the U.S. for their safety and to reduce the University’s risk exposure.

    Travel Advisories, Travel Notices and COVID-19 Travel Recommendations

    US DOS

    CDC Travel Notices

    CDC COVID-19 Travel Notices

    Travel Advisory Levels:

    1. Exercise normal precautions
    2. Exercise increased cuation
    3. Reconsider travel
    4. Do not travel

    Types of Notices:

    Warning Level 3 (Red):  Avoid all non-essential travel to this destination. The outbreak is of high risk to travelers and no precautions are available to protect against the identified increased risk.
    Alert Level 2 (Yellow): Practice enhanced precautions for this distination. The Travel Health Notice describes additional precautions added, or defines a specific at-risk population.
    Watch Level 1 (Green): Practice usual precautions for this destination, as described in the Travel Health Notice and/or on the destination page. This includes being up-to-date on all recommended vaccines and practicing appropriate mostquito avoidances.

    COVID-19 Levels:

    Level 4: Very High
    Level 3: High
    Level 2: Moderate
    Level 1: Low
    Level unknown

    For questions and concerns, please contact the Chair of the International Travel Committee, Gitta Montoto, at gmontoto@fiu.edu.

  • 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.

  • Inbound Travel 

    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  gmontoto@fiu.edu.

Study abroad

As FIU continues to monitor the spread and control of COVID-19 across the globe, the International Travel Committee (ITC) has carefully reviewed the feasibility of international student mobility programs coordinated by the Office of Education Abroad for the Fall 2021 semester. Due to the continued unpredictability of the pandemic’s impact locally, nationally and globally, and out of the concern for the safety of our students and faculty directors, effective August 23, 2021, FIU will allow international student travel and programs to countries categorized by the U.S. Department of State (DoS) and the CDC with advisories at level 1 or 2. For student travel to countries with DoS and CDC advisory levels 3 and 4, a petition is required for review by the International Travel Committee and the approval by the Provost.

The Office of Education Abroad continues to offer meaningful global experiences for our students through virtual education abroad opportunities including international virtual internships, virtual study abroad (VSA), and virtual third-party options. Visit the Education Abroad website for more information. In addition, as we look toward the future with increased optimism, the Office of Education Abroad continues to plan in-person programming for Spring 2022 and beyond.

Should you have any questions concerning our education abroad programs, please contact Dr. Alejandra Parra, executive director of FIU Global Mobility, at Alejandra.Parra@fiu.edu.