“Restricted Travel Area” is defined as any location for which:
Restricted Travel due to COVID-19: as of August 2022, a petition is no longer required for NC State student travel to locations where the advisory or warning level is limited solely due to COVID-19 concerns. The CDC recommends that individuals do not travel internationally until fully vaccinated and boosted. Visiting locations where there are fewer cases of COVID-19 may be less risky for getting COVID-19 than visiting locations where there are more cases of COVID-19, though transmission rates can change at any point in time. Travelers should learn which travel activities are lower risk to protect themselves and others. Students should also cautiously assess the situation based on their personal comfort level and risk tolerance. See NC State COVID-19 Campus Health.
If new circumstances warrant, a petition could be required again in the future to restricted travel areas due to COVID-19.
Prior to Departure
Students wishing to pursue travel in a Restricted Travel Area for any reason other than a COVID-19-specific advisory must petition the Study Abroad Office to request special approval. In the petition, students must outline their intended plans, complete a safety assessment, and sign a Special Release and Hold Harmless Agreement indicating their understanding and acceptance of the risks.
For Group Travel, the steps below can be completed by the staff member leading the program on behalf of the students.
Once abroad, if students are in a country that becomes a Restricted Travel Area, the Study Abroad Office will complete a risk assessment based on the factors below and the director or designee will communicate with students and personnel if the program or university-affiliated travel is suspended and they are expected to return to the U.S.
If students wish to remain abroad, they must pursue a petition to receive approval and sign a special Release and Hold Harmless Agreement indicating their understanding and acceptance of the risks.