Employee Travel Guidelines

University-Sponsored International Travel

University-sponsored international travel will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable APU travel guidelines and U.S. State Department travel warnings. International travel requests that are approved by the appropriate department or division head and within the budget should be directed to Chris Jennings, Vice President for University Integrity and General Counsel, using the International Travel Authorization Form. In order to obtain the form, please contact Valerie Weishchedel at vweischedel@apu.edu.

University-Sponsored Domestic Travel

Domestic university-sponsored travel will be permitted during the Fall 2021 semester, consistent with department- and division-specific budgets and approval. For travel outside of California, you may be required to quarantine in your home before you return to your APU workplace.

We encourage finding other ways of conducting business and/or educational activities, such as videoconferencing. CDC U.S. travel guidance and the L.A. County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) travel advisory and guidance recommends staying home as the best way to prevent getting sick and provides additional guidelines for those who are considering traveling within the U.S. Those traveling on a domestic basis should take appropriate precautions, including being mindful of COVID-related travel advisories, while planning and traveling, and upon their return to work.

Personal Travel by Faculty and Staff

The university does not regulate the personal travel of staff and faculty. Employees should be mindful of COVID-related travel advisories as they contemplate personal travel. APU strongly recommends against nonessential personal travel, as part of a broader effort to limit the transmission of COVID-19 from place to place. If you do undertake travel out of the state or out of the county, be aware that in accordance with guidance from the CDC and LACDPH the following requirements apply:

If you are fully vaccinated, after international travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

If you are not fully vaccinated, after international travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

Public Transportation

APU encourages those who use mass transit to consider using other transportation options (e.g., walking, biking, or driving by car alone or with household members only) if feasible. Those taking public transportation to get to campus should wear a face covering before entering and avoid touching surfaces with their hands as much as possible. In addition, they should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entering and after exiting the bus/train and before removing their face covering.

Commuting to Campus by Car

Those who commute by car should drive alone or with household members only and frequently clean and disinfect surfaces in their vehicles and disinfect after refueling their vehicles.

APU Vehicles

APU vehicles (including rental vehicles): All occupants must wear a cloth face covering, unless there is just the driver. Windows should be slightly opened to facilitate increased air flow. Drivers and riders on the campus shuttle must wear face coverings while waiting for the shuttle and riding. Drivers of the vehicle should use disinfectant wipes on door handles as needed to maintain a clean condition.

Intercampus Travel

Employee travel between campuses is permitted as necessary to conduct university business. All occupants must wear a cloth face covering, unless there is just the driver. Windows should be slightly opened to facilitate increased air flow.

CDC Travel Guidance

LACDPH Travel Advisory and Guidance

Health Department Listing by State

Resources/Guidance on Travel During COVID-19

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