Updated Travel Advisories    

March 12, 2020

Students, faculty and staff advised to return to the U.S. amid pending Europe Travel Restrictions.

The White House has announced travel restrictions from 26 European states in the Schengen area of Europe to the United States that will go into effect this Friday, March 13. Given this news, prompted by COVID-19 concerns, Texas A&M University at Galveston is strongly advising students, faculty and staff in this region to return to the United States. This does not apply to American citizens studying abroad, permanent U.S. residents and others. All returning from this region must self-isolate for 14 days.

This area includes Austria, Belium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. 

GUIDANCE:

  • Students, faculty and staff returning from Spring Break should keep their current itineraries in the days to come.
  • University-sponsored education-abroad trip participants in this area are being informed to return to the United States.
  • All Galveston Campus faculty, staff or students are required to register travel from or through any locations designated as Level 1, 2 or 3 by the CDC for COVID-19 in the university’s travel portal whether travelling on university-sponsored, third-party and/or personal travel.
  • We urge students, faculty and staff to avoid nonessential international and domestic travel and seek alternative ways to participate in conferences and professional meetings.
  • Continue to monitor your university email and official social media channels for updates.

At this time there have been no cases of coronavirus reported at the Galveston Campus of Texas A&M University and no students, faculty or staff are presenting any symptoms.

This situation is fluid and changing daily. The Texas A&M coronavirus website will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

At this time, classes for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 remain cancelled to ensure the provision of campus services in the most efficient, effective and safest way. Dining, health, counseling and other services will be available on a normal schedule Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18 with the exception of Campus Recreation Facilities. Hours for these facilities will be 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Tuesday.

Additional information previously provided as guidance by Texas A&M University and the Galveston Campus is provided below and is applicable to all Texas A&M-Galveston students, faculty and staff. 


SELF-REPORTING

Students, faculty and staff are reminded of the mandatory reporting portal for travel from or through any locations that’s been designated as Level 1, 2 or 3 by the CDC for COVID-19 as was previously communicated on Friday, March 3. The registration is required for both personal and university business travel before leaving or immediately upon return.

In addition to logging online to register travel, individuals who traveled from or through a Level 2 or 3 country are required to self-isolate off-campus upon returning from those countries for 14 days before returning to campus. This is especially important as some on our campus are traveling over Spring Break.


UNIVERSITY-SPONSORED TRAVEL

Texas A&M and the Galveston Campus cancelled university-sponsored travel outside of the United States between March 16, 2020 – May 1, 2020. Students, faculty and staff currently traveling abroad may continue to follow the same guidelines issued on March 6 which is noted below. Given the fluid nature of the situation, the university will make decisions about travel beyond May 1 in the weeks to come.

Any mission-critical or health-critical exceptions must be approved in advance by senior administrators. Additionally, the university strongly encourages faculty, staff and students to refrain from all international travel during this time.


SELF ISOLATION

All faculty, staff and students currently on international travel are subject to guidelines issued on March 6 which advise anyone returning from COVID-19 Level 1, 2 or 3 areas to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus. The reporting portal remains intact for students, faculty and staff currently on travel to, through or from any location that has been designated as Level 1, 2, or 3 by the CDC for COVID-19.

Self-isolation requires that you do not come to campus including work, residence halls, on-campus apartments, classes, athletic events or other social gatherings until 14 days without symptoms after leaving the Level 2 or 3 country in question. The 14-day clock starts on the day a person leaves one of those countries. Likewise, please avoid public places and gatherings in the community. For more information and guidance about how to self-isolate visit the coronavirus FAQ page.

The University is working to accommodate the classes and work schedules for students and personnel who self-isolate or are ill. More information about these accommodations will be posted over the next week.

Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to your medical provider – preferably by calling to get advice and instructions. Galveston Campus Student Health Services is available (409) 740-4736.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

We continue to follow guidelines consistent with direction from The Texas A&M University System. Regular updates can be found on the Texas A&M coronavirus page; there's also a button on the university home page.

As of March 6, 2020, the CDC has identified these areas having a Level 2 and 3 for COVID-19 risk assessment. (Definitions for what each level means can be found on the CDC website), along with updated travel health notices.

Texas A&M urges students, faculty and staff to avoid nonessential international and domestic travel and seek alternative ways to participate in conferences and professional meetings.

For more information about international travel please go to the Travel Guidance section of the coronavirus FAQ page.

Texas A&M leaders across campus continue to work with health officials regarding safely and effectively responding to potential COVID-19 cases.

This situation is fluid and changing daily. The Texas A&M coronavirus website will be updated with new information as it becomes available.