Mobility Updates

COVID-19 and Global Mobility

The COVID-19 pandemic has abruptly transformed operations across IU, and has had particularly significant consequences for the international mobility of students, faculty, and staff.

These are challenging times for international affairs, but it has never been more important to stay globally engaged. As the outbreak has spread to every continent, we realize now more than ever how truly connected we are as global citizens.

While global mobility is put on pause, we strive to be responsive and continue meeting immediate needs and concerns across all areas of OVPIA. The information below addresses questions you may have regarding changes to university policy and practice as a result of COVID-19 response.

See Vice President Hannah Buxbaum's messages of support to all Hoosiers around the globe.

Travel policy updates

  • The U.S. State Department’s global Level 4 health advisory, advising U.S. citizens to avoid international travel, remains in place. All international travel remains suspended, with the exception of travel for humanitarian purposes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This suspension of international travel will be reassessed at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester or when the State Department’s advisory is lifted, whichever occurs earlier.
  • Through a series of presidential proclamations, the U.S. Government has suspended entry into the United States by foreign nationals who have been in certain countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who travel into the United States after visiting those countries must arrive via selected airports that have the capacity to conduct additional health screening.
  • The Council of the European Union has decided that Member States should gradually lift the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU as from 1 July 2020 in a coordinated manner for a list of specific countries that will be reviewed and updated every two weeks. Currently, residents of the United States are not allowed to enter the European Union unless they qualify for an exception. 

Self-quarantine guidelines

The CDC has issued guidance for travelers returning from foreign destinations. As long as that guidance is in effect, any traveler, including students, faculty members, staff members, and visitors, arriving to Indiana University from a foreign location must spend 14 days at home monitoring their health and practicing physical distancing according to the following guidelines. This period may be spent at the traveler’s residence, including on- or off-campus housing.

  • Remain out of public places.
  • Do not attend in-person classes or engage in in-person work, research, or other activities on campus.
  • Limit your interaction with others as much as possible and keep your distance from others (6 feet or 2 meters).
  • Do not use public transportation, taxis, or ride sharing services (e.g., Lyft, Uber).
  • You may go to grocery stores, dining halls, and pharmacies to obtain food (pick-up only) and other essential items, as long as you do not have symptoms. Please limit your time at these locations.
  • Follow IU guidance on using cloth face coverings.

Fall 2020

A statement issued by President Michael A. McRobbie announced the completion of a set of recommendations about the medical and public health measures that would permit IU to begin a phased reopening of research and teaching operations. Plans for the fall 2020 semester are now being developed in light of those recommendations.