Travel and Study Abroad
Cal Poly continues to urge all students, faculty and staff to consider canceling plans for non-essential domestic travel, including over spring break. Cal Poly has suspended all current study abroad programs worldwide. Students and faculty currently abroad have been asked to make immediate plans to return to the U.S. Exceptions to this suspension have been considered for students who have medical reasons for the request..
Our first and most important priorities are the well-being and safety of our community members. We want to share facts, to help decrease any feelings of anxiety or panic that our community may be experiencing.
University Travel Guidelines
Please visit the university's Administration and Finance website for details regarding travel guidelines and reimbursement of expenses related to canceled travel.
CSU Travel Advisories
The CSU Chancellor’s Office has extended all international and non-essential domestic travel restrictions through July 31, 2020 for all CSU campuses and associated auxiliary organizations. This includes all registered student organizations (RSO).
The U.S. State Department continues to maintain a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory applicable to international travel, which is the highest warning level and reflects a greater likelihood of life-threatening risks.
Any travel exception must be routed to the appropriate vice president with final approval by the university president and will only be made in extenuating and compelling circumstances with consideration of the following factors:
- Necessity of the proposed travel, including consequences of postponing travel
- Needs and preferences of the individual
- Availability of safe and secure shelter at the destination
- Availability of appropriate medical care at the destination
- Availability of transportation, services, and other necessities at the destination
- Assessment of risks associated with traveling versus risks of remaining in place
The CSU Chancellor’s Office will re-evaluate this travel restriction by mid-June.
International Center Updates
The International Center continues to monitor the worldwide situation of the COVID-19. The safety of our students and employees abroad and of international students and scholars on campus is our highest priority. We are in communication with the CSU, campus stakeholders, and SLO County Public Health in our response to the novel coronavirus.
UPDATE 6/5/20 – The Cal Poly International Center has suspended all fall 2020 study abroad programs that operate entirely abroad, effective immediately. All fall 2020 study abroad and internship programs that are offered entirely virtually will be allowed to proceed.
For the latest updates, please visit the International Center website.
Current CDC Travel Advisories
All travel advisories issued for U.S. travelers can be found on the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories website. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises special care for the following areas:
- Level 3, avoid nonessential travel
- Visit the CDC website for a complete list of destinations.
- Level 2, practice enhanced precautions
- All other countries. Older and immunocompromised individuals in particular should avoid all nonessential travel.
- The CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide.
Travel Advisories FAQs
What should students, faculty or staff do if they return from an affected area?
Cal Poly is following recommended guidance from the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department to minimize our community’s exposure risk. The county has advised that travelers refrain from returning to Cal Poly's campus for 14 days after international travel. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends self-quarantine for 14 days from the time you left the area. Please do not return to campus during this time and discuss your work situation with your supervisor before returning.
In addition, we strongly advise against international travel to minimize the risk of exposure and/or disruption of course work.
The CDC also strongly advises that you take the following precautions if you travel to any affected area:
- Practice social distancing - this includes not taking public transportation, taxis or ride-shares.
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times per day and monitor for fever.
- Watch for cough or difficulty breathing.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others.
- Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
I have university-related travel planned. What should I do?
Faculty and staff who were to travel abroad on university business not deemed essential must cancel plans for international travel immediately. International insurance coverage and fees will be reversed.
Campus community members who do plan to travel internationally for non-university matters are asked to notify the campus where and when they plan to go by completing this online form: https://baseline.campuslabs.com/cpsuslo/studenttravelspring2020.
I feel fine. Why should I take these precautions?
Please remember that although you may feel healthy, our campus community includes individuals with compromised immunities who are counting on the diligence of others to help prevent the spread of illness. Thank you for taking care to keep all of our community members safe.
- CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
- WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) travel advice