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International Travelers and Self Isolation

Message from the Provost

March 15, 2020, 5:30 p.m. CDT

International Travelers and Self Isolation

International Travelers Clearing Customs at 13 Airports Should Self Isolate for 14-Days Before Returning to Campus

As you may be aware, the new United States government travel restrictions are routing travelers from Europe and other Level 3 countries through a specific set of 13 arrival airports in the United States.

As a result of the increased health screening upon arrival at these airports, and as these airports are experiencing long delays and large volumes of traffic clearing customs and health screening, any international traveler arriving at these airports (listed below) – be it coming from a Level 3 or other country – from Saturday March 14 onward will have an increased chance of exposure than other travelers.

Therefore, any faculty, staff and students returning from international travel on or after March 14 and arriving in-country to clear customs at the Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), New York City (JFK), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL), Honolulu (HNL), Newark (EWR), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW) or Washington, D.C. (IAD) international airports should consider themselves as having returned from a Level 3 COVID-19 location and self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival before returning to campus. Self-isolation guidance is listed in Frequently Asked Questions section of this web page and on the CDC Care Guide.

Domestic travelers through all airports and international travelers from non-level 3 countries arriving at airports other than those listed are required only to self-monitor at this time. Self-monitoring guidance is listed in Frequently Asked Questions section of this web page and on the CDC Care Guide.

Only international travel should be recorded on the travel reporting portal.

Thank you for helping to keep our campus and community safe.

Carol A. Fierke

Texas A&M University Provost and Executive Vice President

Coronavirus Disease 2019

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to be at the forefront of the news. For information on COVID-19, consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Their COVID-19 website provides the most up-to-date information on symptoms, how it spreads, prevention and treatment, as well as situation updates.
The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to provide news on the outbreak. WHO offers some valuable measures you can take to protect yourself and others from getting sick. According to WHO, you should stay home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms, until you recover. If you develop a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care promptly.

COVID-19 has also impacted travel. If you have travel plans, it is important that you review the CDC page on travel information