Travel & Visitors

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Important Information

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    Travel Restrictions

    All non-essential domestic and international travel for employees and students through November 20, 2020 restricted.

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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 University travel?

    The University of Denver restricts all non-essential domestic and international travel for employees and students through Nov. 20, 2020.

    For those who receive approval for essential travel:

    • Employees are required to book travel through Pioneer Travel and Expense (log in through Pioneer Web)
    • Any employees who travel internationally must submit a Request in Pioneer Travel and Expense (log in through Pioneer Web)
    • Students are required to register international travel in DU Passport as an experiential learner

    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.

    The University also strongly discourages personal out-of-state travel to designated high and escalating incidences of COVID-19 cases and all international travel.

    All approved travelers and any individuals who travel out-of-state or internationally for business or personal travel are required to self-quarantine for 10-days before returning to campus if they are arriving from any other country or if they are arriving from a state designated with having high and escalating incidences of COVID-19 cases. View our list of restricted travel states here; this list is updated weekly. DU Community members returning from travel from a state that does not have widespread outbreaks of the virus may return to campus after travel while monitoring symptoms.

    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. 

    Based on elevated international and domestic travel warnings issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the U.S. Department of State, the University cancelled all international programs for the summer quarter and most fall international programming.

  • 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 international travel is permissible, and we are strongly recommending that all non-essential international and domestic employee travel be avoided until November 20.

    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.

  • How is DU confirming that individuals are quarantining?

    There will be a survey link that everyone must answer before returning in the fall that collects data on an individual’s quarantine, including questions to assess the rigor of that quarantine.

  • 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

DU Community members returning from travel from a state that does not have widespread outbreaks of the virus may return to campus after travel while monitoring symptoms. Widespread is defined as a seven-day average of 10 or more new cases per 100,000 state residents.

Individuals returning from travel from a state that has widespread outbreaks or from international travel will be asked to self-quarantine for 10 days. The list of states exceeding the threshold can be found below.

Updated October 25, 2020

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