Travel Guidance

Updated May 12, 2022

Domestic Travel

Effective July 1, 2021, the travel suspension has been lifted on university-sponsored or grant-funded travel within the United States for faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated with a World Health Organization approved vaccine. Domestic travel includes research trips, conferences, immersion trips, volunteer or work programs, service learning, fellowships, or professional development activities.

Domestic travel by non-vaccinated employees with a university-approved medical or religious exemption are being considered on a case-by-case basis. To request an exemption, please complete the Travel Exception Request Form.

Non-vaccinated faculty and staff must follow CDC protocol upon return from travel:

  • Receive a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
    • If the test result is negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If the test result is positive, contact LMU’s COVID Support Team and isolate to protect others from getting infected.
  • If no test is taken, 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, regardless of testing status.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; contact LMU’s COVID Support Team, isolate, and get tested if symptoms develop.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

As circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, LMU will update its travel guidance in accordance with the latest public health orders. LMU’s travel guidance is subject to change based on guidance and requirements issued by the CDC, state of California, or Los Angeles County. This guidance is effective until further notice and will be reviewed on a regular basis.

International Travel

Effective May 1, 2022, university-sponsored or grant-funded travel abroad for fully vaccinated faculty and staff no longer requires a travel exception request by Risk Management for travel to locations identified by the U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS) and the CDC as Level 1, 2 or 3 advisories. University-sponsored travel to locations with U.S. DOS or CDC Level 4 advisories require completion of a Travel Exception Request Form and advance review by Risk Management at least 21 days prior to planned travel. Learn more here.

Please always refer to the latest guidance by L.A. County Public Health before traveling. 

Boosters: A COVID-19 booster is increasingly becoming a requirement in locations abroad and could be difficult or impossible to obtain later while overseas. It is highly advisable for all eligible students to obtain a booster in the U.S. prior to departure. Booster eligibility is typically after six months for the Pfizer/Moderna vaccination and after two months for J&J -- see California Dept of Health information regarding eligibility and vaccine locations, and consult your health care provider.

LMU continues to review ongoing travel advisories, particularly related to the Omicron variant and changing conditions. Study Abroad staff will monitor email daily and respond in case of emergency.