While we understand that some essential travel may be required, Rutgers has suspended non-essential international travel by students, faculty or staff that is led, coordinated and/or funded by Rutgers. This includes travel for university business including, but not limited to, teaching, study abroad, conferences, presentations, internships, research, recruiting, and athletic competitions. Any essential travel must follow CDC guidelines: www.cdc.gov.
On March 2, 2020 the university decided to restrict all official or authorized travel of students, faculty, and staff, until further notice. Toward that end, Rutgers immediately will:
- Suspend all Rutgers-operated Study Abroad programs worldwide through the end of the current semester
- Suspend all Spring Break International Programs
This is also a reminder that all Rutgers faculty, staff, or student groups traveling internationally on university-associated matters must register on the MyTrips International Travel Registration Site. This information is collected so that, in the event of an international emergency, Rutgers will be able to locate, notify, and deliver resources to those that may be affected. Travel registration is not required for personal travel or travel within the United States. We are continuing to closely monitor CDC guidance updates and will alert affected groups and the campus community as necessary.
With spring break soon, we want to encourage all community members to carefully consider their travel plans—especially those intending to travel internationally. If you are planning to travel outside of the United States, please review travel advisories available from the U.S. State Department and the CDC. U.S. citizens traveling abroad can register their plans with the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) – this free service enables the embassy to notify travelers of safety conditions at their destination and quickly contact them in an emergency. All Rutgers community members—but especially those without U.S. citizenship—should be mindful of potential government-imposed travel restrictions as they consider travel outside of the United States, as there may be restrictions on returning to the U.S. Further, the U.S. State Department has stated that U.S. citizens should not rely on government repatriation efforts if they are under potential risk of quarantine by local authorities. Although we are working to provide solutions to our community members who have been impacted by the global emergency, we cannot guarantee accommodations for disrupted academic programs and work.
If you are returning from a CDC restricted location, or were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact the Occupational Health office below before returning to work.
Occupational Health Offices by location:
- Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers–Newark, and Rutgers–Camden: 848-932-8254
- Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) Newark: 973-972-2900
- RBHS New Brunswick/Piscataway: 848-445-0123 ext. 2
- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Faculty and Staff: 732-235-6559
Governor’s Directive on Travel
The March 5, 2020 directive issued by Acting New Jersey Governor Sheila Oliver regarding domestic and international travel by state employees does not apply to Rutgers employees.