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CDC removes country-specific COVID-19 advisories

From: Global Education Office

As of Oct. 3, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suspended its country-specific COVID-19 travel advisories. According to the CDC, a COVID-19 notice will be posted for a country only if there is a concerning variant or other situation that would merit concern.

This means that the vast majority of university-supported travelers will no longer be classified as high-risk travelers and will not need to request an exemption to the university’s policy on global travel.

Virginia Tech Policy 1070: Global Travel Policy does not authorize university-supported global travel to locations where the CDC has issued a Travel Health Notice Level 3 or higher. Amid the pandemic, most countries were considered Level 3, with a “high level of COVID-19.” That meant students and other university travelers had to petition the Global Travel Oversight Committee for an exception to the policy.

Policy 1070 also does not authorize student university-supported international travel to locations where the U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory Level 3 or higher. Travelers to destinations still deemed “high risk” can continue to request an exception by following the Procedure to Request an Exception to Policy – International Travel.

The CDC still recommends that all travelers stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines before traveling.

Please contact Global Travel Safety at or 540-231-2867 with any questions.

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