COVID-19 Travel Information

Last updated March 25, 2020

On March 19, the State Department issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory and advised Americans to avoid all international travel.  Americans abroad were urged to return to the U.S. or prepare to shelter in place. 

To date, the university has not placed restrictions on GW-affiliated domestic travel, however, based on conditions at this time, faculty and staff are expected to refrain from any non-essential, GW-affiliated travel, both international and domestic. 

GW has suspended all upcoming non-essential, GW-affiliated international travel for students, faculty and staff. This includes future group trips, spring break programs and individual travel. It also includes requests for approval of future international travel and remains in place until July 1.

Members of the GW community are encouraged to use good judgement when making travel decisions and to stay informed as information about the virus changes at the local level. GW is monitoring domestic travel restrictions and recommendations as information evolves, and updates will be provided to the GW community as they are available. Study Abroad programs that have been canceled:

  • Programs in China, Italy, South Korea, Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland. 
  • All short-term abroad programs through July 1

GW community members returning from travel within Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-designated Level 3 Travel Warning countries will continue to be required to self-quarantine off campus for 14 days. This requirement applies even if individuals are only traveling through airports in those countries. Check the CDC’s guidance before making travel plans. 

GW’s Office for International Programs and related offices continuously review changing safety conditions and risk levels around the world. This information is shared with the academic units in GW’s schools and colleges as well as students in GW approved study abroad programs and those traveling on GW-affiliated non-credit trips (e.g., service or volunteering, athletic, debate, research). Escalations of risk are monitored through sources such as:

  • CDC and State Department risk levels
  • Information from GW's insurance and security firms
  • Information from GW academic and other experts (e.g., regional experts, medical experts)
  • Information from network of higher education institutions with similar programs