Notre Dame International encourages all Notre Dame travelers to check the U.S. Department of State's Travel Advisories page and CDC country page when planning international trips. When doing so, however, you may discover that your travel is high risk and that your trip must be reviewed by the Travel Review Committee.
What is high risk travel?
High Risk Travel is defined as international travel to a high risk location and/or consisting of the participation in high risk activities.
- High Risk Location: International travel destinations classified as a Level 3 or 4 by the U.S. Department of State at travel.state.gov or travel health notice warning Level 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at cdc.gov/travel/notices.
High Risk Activities: Known and/or planned for activities during Notre Dame-Sponsored International Travel time, which obligate risk mitigation considerations and practices. Activities include but are not limited to:
- activities excluded from Notre Dame International insurance coverage
- use of power tools, engaging in construction type activities, using farm implements, operating heavy machinery
- handling of bio-hazardous materials (e.g. blood products, bodily fluids, etc.)
- working in a lab without a lab safety course available
- performing medical procedures
- operation of a motorized vehicle
- visiting an area known for high risks: refugee camps, areas of known disease (e.g. garbage dumps, high risk mosquito related disease areas, highly contagious disease areas, etc.)
What do I do if my travel is considered high risk?
Any undergraduate student traveling to a high risk location and/or participation in high risk activities abroad must obtain approval for an exception to the Undergraduate Student International Travel Policy from the Travel Review Committee.
The Travel Review Committee does not review international travel for personal purposes or for international students traveling to their home country unless the travel is funded or sponsored by the University. Graduate and professional student, faculty, and staff international travel is not within the scope of the Committee.
Applications for exceptions for travel to high risk locations and/or participation in high risk activities abroad should be submitted as close to 8 weeks prior to departure as possible. Undergraduate students or departments should not purchase airline tickets prior to approval from the Travel Review Committee.
- Submit your Travel Registration. Your initial questionnaire will be reviewed by NDI and the Committee Chair will promptly contact you.
- Fill out and return the Travel Risk Management Plan form to NDI.
- Committee chair will submit the request to the Committee, which meets bimonthly from September to May.
- Committee reviews the request and votes to approve or deny the request.
- Committee Chair informs traveler of Committee’s decision and next steps.
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The Travel Review Committee administers the University’s Undergraduate Student International Travel Policy and acts as the advisory arm of and reports to the Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization.
The Committee is charged with evaluating the health, safety and security of newly proposed and already existing Notre Dame-Sponsored International Travel, to include both credit-bearing and non-credit bearing for both individual students or groups, in order to assess whether the risk of travel to a particular destination can be sufficiently mitigated for travelers and the University.
About C.D.C. Travel Notices
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues travel health notices to disseminate information about health conditions, within a particular country. These designations range from Level 1 (Green – Practice Usual Precautions) to Level 3 (Red – Avoid All Non-Essential Travel). Notices can be found here.
About U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories
The U.S. Department of State assigns each country (and often times areas within countries) in the world a travel advisory level ranging from one to four (1 – Exercise Normal Precautions; 2 – Exercise Increased Caution; 3 – Reconsider Travel; 4 – Do Not Travel). Often times, countries will have a higher level advisory assigned to specific areas within (example: Mexico is a Level 2 at the country level but there are several states within Mexico that are designated Level 3 or Level 4).
Displayed below are the ten most current Level 3 and 4 advisories. The full list of State Department Travel Advisories, as well as the latest Worldwide Caution, can be found here.