What travel restrictions are in place, and are there any exceptions?
Updated April 9, 2020: The travel process and restrictions are as follows.
- All international travel is canceled until further notice.
- All domestic travel is canceled until further notice.
- Travel between the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses or the TSUS Office in Austin is still permitted and does not require pre-approval.
- There is an exception process for essential travel approval. The traveler’s Cabinet Officer must approve the travel. The rationale and qualification as essential travel must be detailed and submitted to the Cabinet Officer before the Travel Request is initiated. If approved, that Cabinet Officer approval must be attached to the Travel Request before it is submitted in the TRAVELTracks system.
- Until further notice, travelers should only schedule 100% refundable future travel purchases. If you make travel purchases and do not have an approved Travel Request, the purchase will have to be paid personally. If the travel is not a fully refundable purchase and it is later not approved, the purchase would not be reimbursable.
How does this impact Education Abroad programs?
ALL EDUCATION ABROAD STUDENTS MUST RETURN TO THE U.S.
Effective 3/16/20, Texas State is requiring the immediate return to the U.S. of all students in Education Abroad programs. The university is in contact with them and assisting them in their plans to return home.
ALL SUMMER EDUCATION ABROAD PROGRAMS ARE CANCELLED
Effective 3/6/20, all Education Abroad programs for spring break and summer are cancelled.
CONTACT THE EDUCATION ABROAD OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION
The university will continue to assess future programs as the situation evolves. Texas State is working to provide alternate options for students registered for the cancelled Education Abroad trips. If a student is enrolled in an Education Abroad program that is being cancelled and they have questions, please contact the Education Abroad Office at 512.245.1967.
Students in Education Abroad programs in countries with a CDC Travel Warning Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) have already been recalled and required to self-isolate for 14 days.
How does this impact the Study-in-America program?
STUDY-IN-AMERICA PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED
With an abundance of caution for student and faculty health and safety related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas State University has suspended all Study-in-America programming for Spring and Summer 2020 terms. Students have not yet had the opportunity to schedule involvement in these programs. One Study-in-America activity was set for Spring 2020; eight were scheduled for Summer 2020. The Office of Distance and Extended Learning will work with impacted academic units to ensure that student academic progress is not adversely impacted as a consequence of program suspension.
What should I do about travel later in the calendar year?
Until further notice, travelers should only schedule 100% refundable future travel purchases. If you make travel purchases and do not have an approved Travel Request, the purchase will have to be paid personally. If the travel is not a fully refundable purchase and it is later not approved, the purchase would not be reimbursable.
If an employee travels, what do they need to do?
SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS BEFORE RETURNING TO WORK
Employees traveling to any country that the CDC has designated as a level 2 or level 3 risk will be required to self-isolate for 14 days at home before returning to work. For information on how to self-isolate at home, check the CDC website How to Self-Isolate. Employees are required to be asymptomatic before returning to work.
Employees traveling within the United States to areas with widespread community transmission should self-isolate for 14 days upon their return and discuss the possibility of working from home during that period with their supervisor. Employees should check the interactive U.S. map on the CDC website States Reporting COVID-19 to determine which states have widespread community transmission.
On March 26, 2020, Governor Abbott issued an executive order mandating a 14-day self-quarantine for air travelers arriving to Texas from airports in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Orleans. On March 29, 2020, Governor Abbott expanded this order to include air travelers entering Texas from Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago and the states of California and Washington. Road travelers from the state of Louisiana entering Texas are also required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Persons self-quarantining after traveling to these areas should discuss the possibility of working from home during that period with their supervisor.
Employees traveling within the United States to areas without widespread community transmission and that are not specifically mentioned in the Governor's executive orders may return to work, but should self-monitor and social distance for 14 days. Temperature should be checked in the morning and afternoon daily. Signs of illness such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should be assessed daily. Social distancing should be practiced by avoiding crowds and maintaining some distance with others. If an illness develops during the self-monitoring period, stay home and consult with your healthcare provider by phone.