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Restrictions on Out-of-state Travel Lifted; University-related International Trips Still Require Authorization

By Maryland Today Staff

The University of Maryland today issued updated travel guidance that allows essential and non-essential university-related out-of-state travel, but maintained restrictions on international travel.

In an email to the University of Maryland community today, Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Ann G. Wylie and Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Carlo Colella said the updates to guidance issued last July came as an increasing proportion of the campus is fully vaccinated.

The announcement is based on current guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which says people who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the United States, as well as from the state of Maryland, which has lifted out-of-state travel restrictions, they said.

The university also follows guidance from the U.S. Department of State, which maintains that "international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants."

No changes are being made to international travel guidelines at this time, and travelers must request an exception from the appropriate dean or vice president to be authorized to travel or be reimbursed using university-controlled funds, Wylie and Colella said.

“We urge you to use caution and judgment when considering any travel and to follow state, CDC and Department of State guidance,” they wrote.

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