Travel increases the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19. To minimize the risk, the CDC recommends that all travelers are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. You are fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the last dose of a 2-dose vaccine or 2 weeks after a 1-dose vaccine. According to the CDC, unvaccinated travelers should avoid travel.
If travel is essential, all travelers should follow CDC’s advice for international travelers.
Some countries only allow fully vaccinated travelers to enter. These requirements are becoming more widespread. Entry requirements may change with short notice. For more information, check the U.S. Department of State's travel advisories regularly.
As a result of local rules, vaccinated and unvaccinated students may have highly unequal program and travel experiences.
Many businesses, venues and locations in the U.S. and abroad have implemented COVID-19 vaccination requirements. If unvaccinated, travelers may need to provide a recent negative COVID-19 test result in order to participate in program activities, stay at hotels, visit cafes and restaurants, entertainment venues and other points of interest for personal or program purposes. Staying current with local testing requirements could entail testing as often as every 24-48 hours and will likely result in additional costs to the traveler (such as paying for the test itself, transportation to/from testing site). Many program itineraries cannot be adjusted to accommodate testing needs.
Ohio University and/or study abroad program providers may additionally require vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers to participate in mitigation testing before, during and/or after the program.