Appalachian State University has developed a resource and information website for those in our campus community who are seeking information and guidance related to our university’s preparation and response to COVID-19 (also known as Novel Coronavirus and 2019-nCoV).
We understand that there is uncertainty surrounding this ongoing situation, and our team is working to keep students updated as more information becomes available. We are directly assisting students, faculty and staff who are traveling or have plans for international travel for university-approved educational or business reasons.
Please feel free to reach out to the OIED staff with any specific questions or concerns. Our contact information is here.
Update on Summer 2021 Study Abroad Programs
March 23, 2021 Message to Campus
Dear Campus Colleagues,
Greetings from OIED. I hope this message finds you well.
I am writing to let you know that, as we continue to keep the health and safety of our students as the utmost importance, we are cancelling education abroad programming for the Summer 2021 term.
We took into careful consideration several important factors including the elevated travel warnings of individual countries issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the U.S. Department of State, the slower-than-expected roll out of the vaccine worldwide, the related increased health, safety and risk concerns for our students, and the unreliable infrastructure capacity worldwide to respond to the pandemic.
We are working with our students to plan for future education abroad opportunities once it is prudent for them to travel. Additionally, we are working with individual departments that have a required study abroad component to develop alternatives for their graduating students.
We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions accordingly. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions regarding this decision.
Please stay safe and healthy!
Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States
Updated Jan. 21, 2021
If you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get tested no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the United States (US) and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).
On January 12, 2021, CDC issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Air passengers will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true in the form of an attestation. This Order is effective as of 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on January 26, 2021.
As of January 26, 2021, this Order replaces a previous order signed by the CDC Director on December 25, 2020, requiring a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result for all airline passengers arriving into the United States from the United Kingdom [PDF – 6 pages].
Suspended and cancelled programs:
As of 3/17/21, all summer 2021 semester programs
As of 1/15/21, all summer 2021 faculty-led programs
As of September 2020, all spring 2021 semester programs
As of 5/26/20, all fall 2020 semester programs
As of 3/15/20, all spring 2020 semester programs
As of 3/18/20, all summer 2020 semester programs
As of 3/13/20, all late-spring and summer 2020 faculty-led programs
As of 3/17/2020, all summer programs (partner/affiliate, international internship, international independent studies)
Temporary International Travel Policy Change
As of 3/2/2020, Appalachian State University will use the U.S. CDC Level 2 Travel Warning to make determinations to suspend an education abroad program or prohibit international travel for faculty and staff. Under this temporary threshold, the University Travel Warning Policy will be suspended. University personnel will not be reimbursed for travels to these areas.
As of 1/31/20, all spring and summer 2020 study abroad programs
As of 2/28/20, all spring and summer 2020 study abroad programs
As of 2/28/20, all spring and summer 2020 study abroad programs
As of 3/2/2020, all spring 2020 study abroad programs
EUROPE SCHENGEN (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.):
As of 3/12/2020, all spring 2020 study abroad programs
All other programs are operating as planned. Students may progress as normal through the post-acceptance process. Should this change, we will reach out directly to the affected students. All students are encouraged to discuss their decisions to study abroad with our office AND also with their families.
International Student Recommendations:
On 3/13/20, ISSSO reached out to each international student on campus by email with next steps and resources as Appalachian classes move online for the time being. Please email ISSSO@appstate.edu with any additional questions or concerns.
As of 2/28/2020, international students and scholars planning travel to China in the near future should consult with the International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach staff before finalizing travel plans. Our contact information is here.
As of 2/28/2020, international students and scholars planning travel to Italy in the near future should consult with the International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach staff before finalizing travel plans. Our contact information is here.
As of 2/28/2020, international students and scholars planning travel to Japan in the near future should consult with the International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach staff before finalizing travel plans. Our contact information is here.
As of 2/28/2020, international students and scholars planning travel to South Korea in the near future should consult with the International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach staff before finalizing travel plans. Our contact information is here.