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Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 regarding travel.

How does coronavirus impact my ability to travel domestically and internationally?

Any travel outside of the state of Iowa on behalf of the University requires a President's Council member approval. This policy applies to all University-sponsored travel, including international, academic, athletic, conferences and workshops, and research-related travel. Please work through your direct supervisor for an exemption request, which would then be considered by senior administration. 

Students, faculty, and other academic personnel or staff planning to travel abroad on personal trips are advised to have contingency plans in the event of major disruptions, such as the possibility of being unable to return to the U.S. due to in-country quarantines. Please carefully weigh the risks and benefits of any personal international travel, especially in light of the current travel advisories, and review U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information on COVID-19 to learn more.

For country-specific information, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory page and the CDC’s Travel Health Notices page.

What countries require self-isolation?

Please contact the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding state protocols for returning from international travel. 

Please visit the CDC’s Testing and International Air Travel page for further information on return protocols.

I am planning an overseas trip. I need support or have questions, who can I contact?

Drake’s international travel restriction policy requires individual review and approval. This applies to all University-sponsored travel, including study abroad, academic, and research-related travel. For the most updated information, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory page and the CDC’s Travel Health Notices page.

Students, faculty, and other academic personnel or staff planning to travel abroad on personal trips are advised to have contingency plans in the event of major disruptions, such as the possibility of being unable to return to the U.S. due to in-country quarantines. Please carefully weigh the risks and benefits of any personal international travel, especially in light of the current travel advisories, and review U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information on COVID-19 to learn more.

I'm planning to study abroad during a future term. What do I need to know?

Future study abroad terms and programs are currently under review, but students are still able to apply. To apply please visit: https://drake-sa.terradotta.com/

If you have questions related to study abroad, please reach out to studyabroad@drake.edu.

What if my conference or other planned travel has been canceled?

If conferences are canceled, the conference organizer should generally provide a full refund of conference fees. Hotel reservations can typically be canceled without penalty, with at least 24 hours advance notice. 

Flight changes or cancellations initiated by the airline

Airlines may cancel or change flights on short notice. If this occurs, the traveler can work with the airline to get a refund, travel voucher, or adjust their flight schedule. If satisfactory arrangements cannot be made through the airline, the traveler may contact the University travel management company, Short’s Travel Management, for assistance. Short’s fees are likely to apply.

Flight changes or cancellations initiated by the traveler

For cancellations initiated by the traveler such as in the case of a conference cancellation, the traveler may contact Short’s Travel Management for assistance. Airlines are issuing some cancellation waivers, however, the airlines and trips which have waivers available are subject to change. The general guideline from Short’s is to proceed with cancellation if the travel is scheduled within 72 hours. However, if a traveler is considering canceling and the trip is closer than 72 hours, the traveler may want to wait to see if a waiver becomes available. The traveler should consult with Short’s travel agents in this instance. Note that Short’s does not charge fees for consultations or airline cancellations.

Should I report personal travel out of state?

At this time the University is not requiring the reporting of personal travel.