UMB Traveler Responsibilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

August 2, 2022

 

  1. UMB students, faculty, and staff traveling on UMB business (as defined under UMB’s Policy on Business Travel for UMB Employees and Nonemployees) shall adhere to UMB and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 travel guidance.
  2. UMB students, faculty, and staff traveling outside the United States on UMB-related travel must also follow UMB’s International Travel Request Process, that can be found here.
  3. Below is a summary of current CDC guidance. The full CDC guidance can be found here.

Scenario

CDC Guidance

You have COVID-19 symptoms

Do not travel, even if you recovered from COVID-19 within the past 90 days or are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.

You tested positive for COVID-19

Do not travel until a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date your positive test was taken if you had no symptoms.

You are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test:

If your test comes back positive while you are at your destination, you will need to isolate and postpone your return until it’s safe for you to travel. Your travel companions may need to quarantine.

You had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and ARE recommended to quarantine:

Do not travel until a full 5 days after your last close contact with the person with COVID-19. It is best to avoid travel for a full 10 days after your last exposure.

If you must travel during days 6 through 10 after your last exposure:

  • Get tested at least 5 days after your last close contact. Make sure your test result is negative and you remain without symptoms before traveling. If you don’t get tested, avoid travel until a full 10 days after your last close contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • Properly wear a well-fitting maskwhen you are around others for the entire duration of travel during days 6 through 10. If you are unable to wear a mask, you should not travel during days 6 through

You had close contact with a person with COVID-19 but are NOT recommended to quarantine:

 

Get tested at least 5 days after your last close contact. Make sure your test result is negative and you remain without symptoms before traveling.

If you had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do NOT need to get tested, but you should still follow all other recommendations (including getting tested if you develop COVID-19 symptoms).

If you travel during the 10 days after your last exposure, properly wear a well-fitting mask when you are around others for the entire duration of travel during the 10 days. If you are unable to wear a mask, you should not travel during the 10 days.

 

Note: Day 0 is the date of your exposure, your first day of symptoms, or a positive viral test. Day 1 starts on the next day.

  1. UMB students, faculty, or staff traveling outside the United States who test positive for COVID-19, develop COVID-19 symptoms, or had a close contact with a person with COVID-19 must contact International SOS for country-specific isolation or quarantine requirements. Travelers should follow the isolation or quarantine requirements of the country they are in. International SOS can be contacted through International SOS’s Assistance App or by calling one of their 24-hour Assistance Centers listed on the back of your membership card.
  2. Travelers should take at least five (5) N95, KN95, or equivalent masks and at least four (4) at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test kits with them when they travel.
  3. Before commencing travel, travelers should ensure they have the means to pay the upfront costs associated with not being able to travel on their scheduled return date. Travelers who do not have the financial means to cover expenses related to travel delays should talk to their respective School or business unit about alternative means to cover these expenses.
  4. Travelers should plan for the potential that their scheduled return date could be delayed by COVID-19 infection or exposure, in accordance with the CDC guidance.
  5. Travelers should keep receipts for all costs associated with delays to their scheduled return date, costs for any COVID-19 testing, etc.

School, Business Unit and/or Department Responsibilities

  1. Ensure that its travelers are informed of the above travel expectations.
  2. Plan to cover the costs associated with travelers who may be delayed from returning on their scheduled return date. Plan to cover the responsibilities of travelers whose return may be delayed.
  3. Plan and develop methods to provide financial support to travelers who cannot afford the upfront costs associated with delays in their return.
  4. If applicable, submit proper documentation for reimbursement to the insurance carrier for covered costs associated with travel delays due to COVID-19.
  5. Consider imposing appropriate disciplinary action for people who do not follow CDC and/or UMB travel guidance.