Following CDC guidance, NC State strongly advises all NC State students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to obtain a booster, if possible, prior to departure.
- Some host countries and institutions may require that participants be fully vaccinated. Some are also requiring a COVID booster.
- COVID-19 travel restrictions that could disrupt your participation in a program include:
- negative test results required for entry,
- possible mandatory quarantines, and
- negative test results or proof of vaccination (and sometimes a booster) for entry to many public buildings or restaurants.
- Foreign governments may implement restrictions with little notice, even in destinations that were previously low risk (U.S. Dept. of State).
- The COVID-19 vaccine with a booster is the single most important action travelers can do to protect themselves, protect the host community, as well as protect the NC State community upon your return from traveling internationally.
- The Study Abroad Participant Agreement signed at the time of application indicates that students are:
- Expected to comply with local government and host program/institution rules, expectations, and compliance requirements. Behavior or conduct which violates laws or standards could harm the health and the safety of the individual and other program participants.
- Subject to the NC State Code of Student Conduct, including Community Standards and Personal Safety Requirements Related to COVID-19 (RUL 04.21.01).
- Program participants are expected to follow CDC recommendations.
Before you travel, learn more about your host location and which travel activities are lower risk to protect yourself and others. Keep in mind that getting from one place to another is just one piece of the travel risk. Your activities and who you interact with before, during, and after travel may increase your risk.