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About CDC Travel Requirements (08.05.21)

Dear Northeast College community,

As you know, with the recent emergence of the highly contagious Delta strain of COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued updated guidance for both domestic and international travel. This guidance applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

Earlier this week the College adopted the CDC's masking guidance as mandatory for our campus.  This message is to let you know that Northeast will also be following the CDC's travel guidance for all students and employees. Some aspects of this guidance, especially concerning post-travel testing, quarantine, or isolation, may require significant alteration of your travel plans.

Please see below for links to the guidance and a brief summary.

We know it may seem disheartening that we must once again address a wide-spread increase in COVID cases, but we want to remind you that, in addition to hand-washing, mask-wearing, and increased sanitization, there is something we can each do to protect ourselves and help curb the spread of COVID overall: consider vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccines now widely available in the U.S. have been shown to be highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death -- including for the Delta variant. As we continue to prepare for a safe on-campus Fall term, we encourage all Northeast community members who have not yet gotten vaccinated to consider doing so, and extend thanks to all who have already taken this important step in protecting yourself and safeguarding our community.

**Please read the CDC's guidance if you plan to travel domestically or internationally.  

The following summary has been prepared to simplify the CDC guidance linked above:

  Domestic International
Requirements for those NOT fully vaccinated Before you travel: Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip. Before you travel: 1) Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip. Understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. 2) Check the COVID-19 situation in your destination.
  While you are traveling: 1) Properly wear a mask and maintain physical distance, where possible, when traveling. 2) Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet from anyone not traveling with you. 3) Wash your hands often and/or use hand sanitizer. While you are traveling: 1) Properly wear a mask and maintain physical distance, where possible, when traveling. 2) Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet from anyone not traveling with you. 3) Wash your hands often and/or use hand sanitizer.
    Before you arrive in the United States:
All, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
 
  After you travel: 1) Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
(even if you test negative). 2) If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected. If you don't get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. 3) Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
After you travel: 1) Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
(even if you test negative). 2) If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected. If you don't get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. 3) Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
Requirements for those who ARE fully vaccinated   Before leaving the US: follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, mask wearing, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements.
Before traveling back to the US: All air passengers coming to the United States, including fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the US.
  During Travel: 1) Wear a mask properly on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. 2) Follow all state and local recommendations and requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing. During Travel: Wear a mask properly on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the US.
  After Travel: 1) Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. 2) Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements. 3) Testing for COVID is not required for those fully vaccinated After Travel: 1) Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. 2) Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. 3) Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

Thank you!

J. Todd Knudsen, D.C., DACBR
Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement
Campus Safety Monitor

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