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Current status

The health and safety of our university community remains our top priority.

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 continues its 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

    The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus continues to impact public health conditions around the world. The FIU International Travel Committee (ITC) continues to monitor conditions and advise the university community regarding travel protocols and mitigating travel risks. Additionally, we are also adjusting our travel authorization and expense report processes to be in alignment with requirements taking effective January 1, 2022, contained in Florida House Bill 7017 on Foreign Influence. Please read below for important information and updates.

    Due to the unpredictability of the pandemic’s impact globally, and out of the concern for the safety of our students, faculty and staff, outbound international university travel remains restricted until further notice. Trips to countries under advisory level 1 or 2 by the U.S. Department of State and the CDC may proceed with the regular approval process (TAR for employees and individual student travelers, Office of Education Abroad for student groups).

    Recognizing that some trips are critical to our research preeminence and student success goals, we will maintain the protocol of accepting petitions for international travel to destinations under advisory level 3 or 4 by the U.S. Department of State or the CDC that is deemed essential. Student group travel to a country under advisory level 4, which advises “do not travel,” will not be permitted. Please submit your travel petition via our online petition form.

    Since conditions and advisory levels may change, travelers are asked to continue monitoring announcements by these government agencies. Should a country’s advisory be adjusted and the risks to our travelers be deemed too high, travel may be denied prior to departure or require travelers to return home.

    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 

    Domestic individual and group 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.

  • Inbound Travel 

    The protocol for inbound mobility remains as communicated previously. All members of the FIU community, including but not limited to students, employees, vendors and visitors, are required to follow FIU’s COVID-19 safety protocol when accessing any physical university premises regardless of where they travel from (local, national, international). FIU will only require a period of quarantine if it is required by local, state or federal health authorities.

    International students, inbound exchange students and visiting scholars are invited to come 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 http://repopulation.fiu.edu.

Study abroad

The International Travel Committee (ITC) continues to monitor the spread of and risks associated with COVID-19 across the globe. Due to the unpredictability of the pandemic’s impact locally, nationally and globally, and out of the concern for the safety of our students and faculty directors, FIU allows 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. Study abroad programs on cruise ships remain suspended until further notice.