Travel & Visitors

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Important Information

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    Travel Restrictions

    DU has extended the current non-essential domestic and international travel restrictions until March 18, 2021. These travel restrictions apply to all student and employee, academic and business-related, non-essential travel. If faculty, staff, or students travel outside of Colorado for any reason, they must quarantine away from campus for seven days before returning to campus.

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    Study Abroad

    Office of International Education, DU partner program and unaffiliated study abroad programs cancelled.

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    Low-Cost Quarantine Alternatives

    DU identified partners to offer low-cost alternatives to members of our community for quarantine and isolation.

    Contact the COVID Coordinator

Travel FAQs

  • Are there any current travel restrictions in place for international University travel?

    Yes. After further evaluation and consideration, DU has extended the current international non-essential travel restriction until March 18, 2021. The travel restriction is meant to help reduce the transmission of the virus on our campus and within our community. This travel restriction applies to all student and employee, academic and business-related, non-essential, international travel. 

    Essential travel is defined as travel that is required to preserve the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, research subjects and research activity and which is not possible to be postponed. Essential travel is absolutely and immediately necessary. Essential travel does not include travel to attend professional or educational conferences. Conferences are just one example of non-essential travel – other activities will also be considered non-essential travel. If you feel that your upcoming travel constitutes as essential travel, work with your academic dean or division leader to gain approval. 

    For those who receive approval for essential international travel:

    • All employees who travel internationally must submit a Request in Pioneer Travel and Expense (log in through Pioneer Web) before booking travel arrangements 
    • Employees are required to book all travel through Pioneer Travel and Expense (log in through Pioneer Web) – please see more details below
    • Students who intend to travel internationally must send a complete international travel risk petition to risk@du.edu before departure for International Travel Committee approval; students may need to also complete a registration in DU Passport as an experiential learner
    • Contact DU’s International Travel Risk Analyst (courtney.niebrzydowski@du.edu) to notify her of your international travel plans 


    Our travel quarantine protocol requires that if faculty, staff, or students travel outside of Colorado for any reason, they must quarantine away from campus for seven days before returning to campus. This is separate from the 10-day quarantine before returning to campus for winter quarter.

    In light of the fast-changing travel environment, the University requires that all future University travel for employees be booked through the online travel booking tool (Pioneer Travel and Expense) or by contacting Christopherson Business Travel directly at (800)-285-3603 or DUTravel@cbtravel.com. This eliminates the personal financial risk of a trip being canceled. If you have questions regarding travel booking or canceling an existing flight, please contact Shared Services at 303-871-7420 or Shared Services. For personal travel, travelers may want to consider purchasing travel insurance from a reputable vendor. 

  • Are there any current travel restrictions in place for University domestic travel?

    Yes. After further evaluation and consideration, DU has extended the current domestic non-essential travel restriction until March 18, 2021. The travel restriction is meant to help reduce the transmission of the virus on our campus and within our community. This travel restriction applies to all student and employee, academic and business-related, non-essential domestic travel. 

    Our travel quarantine protocol requires that if faculty, staff, or students travel outside of Colorado for any reason, they must quarantine away from campus for seven days before returning to campus. This is separate from the 10-day quarantine before returning to campus for winter quarter.

    Essential travel is defined as travel that is required to preserve the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, research subjects and research activity and which is not possible to be postponed. Essential travel is absolutely and immediately necessary. Essential travel does not include travel to attend professional or educational conferences. Conferences are just one example of non-essential travel – other activities will also be considered non-essential travel. If you feel that your upcoming travel constitutes as essential travel, work with your academic dean or division leader to gain approval. 

    In light of the fast-changing travel environment, the University requires that all future University travel be booked through the online travel booking tool (Pioneer Travel and Expense) or by contacting Christopherson Business Travel directly at (800)-285-3603 or DUTravel@cbtravel.com. This eliminates the personal financial risk of a trip being canceled. If you have questions regarding travel booking or canceling an existing flight, please contact Shared Services at 303-871-7420 or Shared Services

  • Where is the list of states defined as high-risk and thus requiring quarantining after travel?
  • What if I am planning to travel internationally for academic or business-related activities in the near future?

    Only essential domestic out-of-state and international travel is permissible, and we are strongly recommending that all non-essential international travel be avoided until March 18, 2021 and domestic out-of-state travel be avoided until January 31, 2021.

    Essential travel is defined as travel that is required to: preserve the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, research subjects and research activity and which is not possible to be postponed. Essential travel is absolutely and immediately necessary. Essential travel does not include travel to attend professional or educational conferences. Conferences are just one example of non-essential travel – other activities will also be considered non-essential travel.

    If you feel that your upcoming travel constitutes as essential travel, work with your academic dean or division leader to gain approval.

    In light of the fast-changing travel environment, the University requires all future University travel for faculty and staff be booked through the online travel booking tool (Pioneer Travel and Expense) or by contacting Christopherson Business Travel directly at (800)-285-3603 or DUTravel@cbtravel.com. This eliminates the personal financial risk of a trip being canceled. If you have questions regarding travel booking or canceling an existing flight, please contact Shared Services at 303-871-7420 or Shared Services. For personal travel, travelers may want to consider purchasing travel insurance from a reputable vendor. 

  • Who should I speak with if I am currently overseas for University-related travel and have questions?

    You can contact the University’s International Travel Risk Analyst or contact International SOS — our security and emergency assistance provider — directly any time to speak with a medical and/or security specialist to discuss the current situation and ask any questions that you may have. You can contact ISOS directly by calling +1 215-942-8478 and provide them with our member ID: 11BSGC000067.

  • Can I be reimbursed for airfare if my University-related meeting/conference was canceled?

    The preferred and best methods of purchasing DU-related travel are Pioneer Travel & Expense (Concur), the University’s dedicated online booking system, or Christopherson Business Travel (CBT), the University’s contracted travel management company. The preferred methods offer many benefits (cost savings, ease of use, time savings, traveler support and duty of care), but at a time of significant travel disruption using these recommended tools will ensure you’ll have no issues if travel is canceled.

    University-related travel should be booked through the Pioneer Travel and Expense System (Concur).  If you booked your own travel outside of this system, you may be reimbursed subject to departmental approval. Travel that has been canceled for March and April due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns should be submitted in an expense report to Pioneer Travel & Expense (Concur) along with documentation of the cancelation and any credits that were received.  If the University reimburses you for canceled travel, the flight credit should be used for future University travel. 

  • Who should I contact with Travel and Expense questions?

    Contact Shared Services at 303-871-7420 or via email at sharedservices@du.edu.

  • How should I book official University travel?

    The University recommends all future travel for faculty and staff be booked through the online travel booking tool (Pioneer Travel and Expense), or by contacting Christopherson Business Travel directly at (800)-285-3603 or DUTravel@cbtravel.com. This eliminates the personal financial risk of a trip being canceled. If you have questions regarding travel booking, please contact Shared Services at 303-871-7420.

  • What if I am traveling internationally and come from the country with a low incident rate?

    Everyone returning to campus is asked to quarantine. International travelers may split their quarantine time before and after travel and take extra precautions during travel. Repeat testing may be required.

  • Can students arrive in the state and quarantine with family instead of on campus?

    Yes.

  • If I travel out of state and then have to quarantine, how will that impact my scheduled in-person class? Is it an excused absence? Will an online version be available?

    Travel is discouraged during the term. Students who need to isolate or quarantine will have opportunities to participate in their coursework remotely. However, in-person classes may have elements that do not transition to an online environment. Faculty teaching in-person and hybrid classes need to prepare for students that need to isolate or quarantine during the term.

  • I can’t afford to quarantine in a hotel or other lodging. Are there alternatives?

    Yes. The university identified partners to offer low-cost alternatives to members of our community for quarantine and isolation. Please contact COVIDcoordinator@du.edu for more information.

Restricted Travel States

Travel outside of Colorado requires a seven-day quarantine before returning to campus. For your information, we continue to update data on states with over 10/100k cases daily as a 7-day average.

Updated November 16, 2020

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming