University-Sponsored Travel Restrictions

Travelers are personally responsible for complying with any travel or public health restrictions imposed by the destinations to which they are traveling as well as any requirements imposed by the State of Ohio upon the traveler’s return. COVID-19 remains a concern and will be present in the community for an extended period of time. At the time of this writing, the CDC recommendation is to avoid all non-essential travel globally.  

These recommendations are subject to change as additional guidance is issued by the CDC and other federal authorities as well as the Ohio Department of Health and local authorities. Intercollegiate athletic team travel will be subject to Mid-American Conference (MAC), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) restrictions as a substitute for these restrictions.

BGSU-sponsored travel must be approved in advance.

  • Requests must be submitted no later than 3 weeks in advance
  • University travel funds should not be committed until approval is received
  • International travel will be routed to Dean or Division Head for approval
  • Domestic travel will be routed to immediate supervisor for approval


Request for Essential Travel for Field Research 

Request for all other Essential Travel

Request for all Student Organization Travel

Essential travel defined

Travel for Field Research is essential only if:

  • not traveling would cause a research project to be prematurely terminated or result in significant harm to research activity

Other travel is essential only if:

  • not traveling will cause harm to the operations of the university; or
  • accompanying students on approved essential travel; or
  • necessary for student(s) to meet a graduation requirement and cannot be achieved through an alternative assignment. Request for approval should be made by the responsible faculty member on behalf of the student.

Travel is not essential if:

  • for a professional or educational conference/workshop
  • for an Education Abroad experience (all Education Abroad experiences have been cancelled for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021)

International travel

Only essential international travel for official university business is permitted through the end of calendar year 2020. All international travel requires approval of the appropriate Dean (for faculty/researcher/student) or Division Head (for staff). Travel to countries that have CDC Level 3 or 4 travel warnings will be approved only under truly exceptional circumstances.  

Faculty and staff should consult their immediate supervisor prior to any international travel, either on university business or for other reasons, to determine how the quarantine period will be handled. The supervisor should consult with Risk Management and/or the Chief Health Officer on any questions related to travel warnings or quarantine requirements.

Upon return from international travel, all international travelers, whether traveling on university business or for personal reasons, must quarantine for 14 days.

During this 14-day period, take these steps to monitor your health and practice physical distancing:

  1. Take your temperature twice a day and monitor for fever, dry cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, loss of sense of taste or smell, or any other symptoms as updated by the Centers for Disease Control or the Ohio Department of Health.
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school.
  3. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.
  4. While avoiding contact with others, keep your distance (at least 6 feet) and wear a face covering if proximity is unavoidable.

Domestic travel

Only essential domestic travel for official university business is permitted through the end of calendar year 2020. Each department/division will determine what is deemed essential travel. All domestic university travel requires the approval of the immediate supervisor prior to travel. The supervisor should consult with Risk Management and/or the Chief Health Officer on any questions related to travel advisories or quarantine requirements. Travelers on University business who will be returning from areas identified by Ohio Department of Health as under a COVID-19 Travel Advisory are to quarantine for 14-days and follow the steps described above for monitoring health and physical distancing.

The status of the COVID-19 outbreak varies by location and state and local authorities are updating their guidance frequently. Parts of the country may have different guidance than other areas. All travelers are required to check with state and local authorities of your current location, along your route, and at your planned destination to be aware of the incidence of COVID-19 and restrictions (e.g., quarantine requirements, health assessments, face coverings, testing, and monitoring) that may be in place. Planning ahead is recommended so that you can wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, wash your hands, sanitize surfaces, and be properly and safely prepared.

Faculty, staff and students who come into contact with COVID-19 positive individuals

The BGSU COVID-19 Response Hotline is now open. Students, faculty and staff are asked to email or call the hotline if aware that they have come into direct contact with COVID-19 positive individuals, have a pending COVID-19 test, or to report a positive result to begin contact tracing. The COVID-19 Response Hotline is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To call the hotline, reach out at 419-372-3000

Considerations for travelers:

CDC website on Travel includes travel in the U.S. and returning from international travel.

Travel Health Notices

Notices of Arrival Restrictions Due to Coronavirus

Guidance on Ohio Travel