Are there any guidelines for travel, domestic or international, academic or work-related?

Several states in the U.S. and many regions of the world are experiencing a high number of cases of COVID-19. The university is strongly recommending that UB faculty, staff and students avoid traveling to regions that are being impacted by the virus.

14 day mandatory quarantines for travel from designed states

Travel Advisory

Mandatory 14-day quarantine for travel to high-COVID-19 areas for longer than 24 hours.

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In coordination with New York State officials, the university will follow guidance on mandatory 14-day quarantines when a person travels to the university from a region or country experiencing heightened prevalence of COVID-19. Students, faculty, staff and visitors arriving in New York State from designated states that have significant community spread of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 14 days before coming onto campus. This requirement does not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) through the course of travel. Additional information for UB employees is available this UB employee website.

Travel Advisories and Recommendations

Travel Advisory

Mandatory 14-day quarantine for travel to high-COVID-19 areas for longer than 24 hours.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to countries with Level 3 Health Notices, and cautions against high-risk travelers from traveling to countries with Level 2 Health Notices. 

In accordance with this recommendation from the CDC, the State of New York has prohibited all New York State work-related employee travel to level 2 and level 3 countries until further notice.

CDC Travel Advisories are being updated and changed frequently. Travelers should visit the CDC's advisories website for the latest notices.

Returning from areas designated by the CDC with Level 3 Travel Health Notices

Employees returning from areas designated by the CDC with Level 3 Travel Health Notices will be required to follow CDC guidelines for limiting exposure, including self-quarantine (staying at home) for  14 days. 

Employees should contact their supervisor to report their plan to self-quarantine.  Employees in self-quarantine who develop symptoms of illness should contact their health care provider.  Employees with questions related to local health department guidelines should call the Erie County Department of Health helpline at 716-859-2929. 

Support for students abroad

The university is assisting students on a one-on-one basis if they are unable to travel to UB because of travel bans. International students who are unable to return are advised to contact International Student Services (isss@buffalo.edu) to discuss the best course of action for continuing their academic careers at UB.

UB business-related travel expenses

Faculty and staff might have already made travel arrangements and incurred UB business-related expenses for upcoming travel that may have been cancelled due to concerns related to COVID-19. Visit the UB Administrative Services website for information on UB and SUNY policies on reimbursement.

Please check with event organizers for the most updated information about scheduled UB conferences or events.

Updated July 22, 2020

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