Holiday Travel

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As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to remind the campus community of building closures and safety precautions when traveling. 

All campus buildings (with the exception of residence halls) will be closed Thursday, November 25 through Sunday, November 28, 2021 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Buildings will reopen on Monday, November 29. 

If you plan to travel for Thanksgiving and/or Winter break, or if you plan to travel at any time throughout the semester, whether domestically or internationally, please make sure to consult the very latest local and international travel guidance, as well as college rules, before making your arrangements. 

It is your responsibility to make sure you allow enough time between your return and your classes/work schedule to account for any required quarantine or testing requirements. This applies in particular to unvaccinated individuals returning to Illinois from other states within the U.S., and to persons, regardless of vaccination status, arriving in the U.S. from certain countries. 
 
Please review in advance, information on the City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Advisory website as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance for international travel. Be mindful that this guidance is frequently being updated and your travel plans may be impacted by changing travel advisories even during your trip. Check guidance prior to returning to make sure you take the steps necessary to comply. 
 
Domestic Travel 
The current City of Chicago Travel Advisory for unvaccinated individuals returning from a high-risk ("Orange") state is below and subject to change based on guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days. 
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days—even if they test negative. 
  • Isolate to protect others from getting infected if they test is positive. 
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel if they don’t get tested. 
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not. 

International Travel  

Testing on Campus 
All unvaccinated individuals should plan to schedule their COVID-19 test at CareATC in advance through ColumbiaQ, as you are required to present a negative test, no more than two days old in order to enter campus buildings.  

COVID-19 vaccination and boosters are available on campus. Visit the website for booster eligibility information. Schedule an appointment online through ColumbiaQ.  

You may also schedule an appointment by phone at 844-766-3775 (phone line is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; leave a message on the weekends--no appointment guarantee).  

For CareATC hours of operation during the holiday season, please check the Covid-19 Testing and Vaccination website