Following the public health guidance of local, state and federal officials, the university has extended the current restrictions on domestic and international travel through June 30, 2021. More details on the cancellation guidelines and the exemption process can be found on the Office of Business and Finance website. Contact the Travel Office for additional assistance.

Travel for summer education abroad programs managed by the Office of International Affairs will be assessed for viability.

The university will determine by Jan. 29, 2021 if faculty-led programs with May start dates are viable. Third party provider, direct enroll and faculty-led programs with later summer start dates will be determined no later than March 15, 2021. See the Office of International Affairs website for more information.

For either personal travel or business essential travel approved in advance by the university, in addition to other guidance provided on the Business and Finance website, travelers should also:

Winter Break

Everyone is encouraged to review guidance for holiday celebrations and small gatherings on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websiteThe CDC guidance for those considering leaving their homes to visit family is that the risk is too high and staying home is the safest approach. The university encourages Ohio State community members who are thinking about traveling only for the holiday and then returning to Columbus to seriously consider celebrating at home, or postponing a larger family celebration until a safer time.

The university encouraged students, faculty and staff to prepare in advance for Winter Break. Students were encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 at least 24 hours before departing campus to ensure results returned prior to their departure. Information about the university's testing strategy for students ahead of winter break is available on the testing page and Office of Student Life website.


Faculty and staff

Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, faculty and staff should consider canceling or postponing travel over winter break and avoid gatherings with those outside of their immediate household. Employees are also encouraged to take advantage of the university’s voluntary testing program to help keep yourself and the members of your household safe.


COVID-19 testing over Winter Break

Students who live off-campus may opt-in for a voluntary surveillance testing program over Winter Break. To volunteer, students must complete the interest form found at

Students who sign up for this program will be given the opportunity to regularly test at the Jesse Owens North testing center; test frequency will depend upon how many students volunteer for the program.

Testing center hours of operation are Mondays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Testing will not be available on days that the university is closed. Because this is a voluntary program, students who sign up and do not schedule/complete tests will not be penalized in any way.


Returning to campus for Spring Semester

The first two weeks of spring semester classes (January 11-15 and 18-22) are via virtual delivery. Student move-in for spring semester is currently scheduled for January 18. 

Students will be asked to self-sequester to the best of their ability for 10 days before returning to campus.

Important testing updates have also been announced, so students should refer to an email received on Dec. 21 with detailed instructions. More information is available on the Spring semester COVID-19 testing page.

Please reference this website for the most up-to-date guidelines. The university’s COVID-19 Transition Task Force’s Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup will continue monitoring changing conditions and consult with local and state health authorities. Recommendations and requirements will be refined as needed.