Travel

New CDC Requirements

Effective January 5 at 12:01 a.m. ET., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of COVID-19 recovery from air passengers entering the United States from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

Information about the requirement is available on the CDC website.

Students, faculty and staff who are ill and unable to travel to the United States due to this requirement can contact the Office of International Affairs Student Immigration team at iss@osu.edu and the Global Engagement team at global-engagement@osu.edu.

Business Travel Guidelines

The university permits business-related travel in line with current health and safety requirements and continued focus on fiscal responsibility. 

Travelers are expected to exercise prudent fiscal management when considering travel arrangements to determine whether in-person or virtual attendance at any event, program or other circumstance will be most effective.

Prior to initiating travel arrangements and before departure, travelers should refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for current travel guidelines. 

International travel: Travelers should consult information from the U.S. Department of State to determine the current entry requirements and public health measures including requirements for COVID-19, related variants, or other epidemic diseases. Country-specific requirements can be viewed at travel.state.gov.

  • Faculty and staff travelers must complete the Acknowledgement of Understanding Questionnaire in Workday with the initiation of a Spend Authorization for each international trip.   

For additional assistance, contact the Travel Office.


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.