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Travel Abroad Current COVID-19 Procedures

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Travel Abroad Current COVID-19 Procedures

*These procedures are subject to change based on guidance from Davidson-Davie, the CDC, and the State Department.

*For the purposes of this document, the terms “student,” “participant,” and “passenger” mean any person taking part in any Davidson-Davie Community College study abroad program, including current Davidson-Davie Community College students, faculty, and staff, as well as any external community members.

Davidson-Davie Community College is accepting applications at this time to allow for all upcoming study abroad opportunities. The college will carefully assess program viability based on established criteria 120 days before the start of each Study Abroad program. Participants should also cautiously assess the situation based on their personal comfort level and risk tolerance.

Restricted Travel

All of the following conditions must be met in order for programs to proceed:

  • Department of State (U.S. DOS) travel advisory for the host country is at a level 1 or 2
  • CDC travel notice for the host country is at a level 1 or 2
  • Davidson-Davie has not implemented policies restricting travel
  • The host country allows entry of student visitors

U.S. Re-Entry Requirements

Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers (including U.S. citizens) to the United States must provide either:

  • a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel, or a positive test result and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”
  • A letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that clears you to end isolation, e.g., to return to work or school, can be used to show you are cleared to travel, even if travel isn’t specifically mentioned in the letter.

Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to have received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel.

Airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements.

Student Health and Safety Recommendations

  • Per the Study Abroad Participant Agreement signed at the time of application, 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 Davidson-Davie Code of Student Conduct
  • Program participants are expected to follow CDC recommendations.
  • To the extent possible, students should self-quarantine for 14-days prior to departure.
  • If required by the host country, students may be required to complete a COVID-19 test or quarantine upon arrival
  • After returning from the study abroad experience, students should follow CDC guidance upon return to the U.S.
  • After returning from the study abroad experience, students should follow Davidson-Davie’s guidance before engaging in on-campus activities.

Financial Considerations

In general, students will not receive a refund if the Study Abroad program is set to run within 120 days. Before that point, all money paid directly to the college will be refunded. Please contact your program leader for details.

  • Students will have the option to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
  • Students are individually responsible for any flight change fees or other individually arranged expenses.
  • If you have to quarantine or self-isolate onsite, participants will be individually responsible for any additional expenses, such as housing and meals.
  • Davidson-Davie cannot provide refunds for any monies paid to outside entities.
  • While traveling abroad, health insurance will cover the treatment of COVID-19.