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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates from UL Lafayette

UL Lafayette continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19, or coronavirus, situation.

Because the health and safety of the campus community is the University’s primary concern, preparation and the timely sharing of information are essential.

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The University is working closely with the Louisiana Office of Public Health to get relevant information to the campus community as quickly as possible.

All updates will be posted to this website and on the University’s social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter. Faculty and staff, and students and their parents should monitor these platforms for the latest announcements.

COVID-19 Updates

May 22, 2020: CARES Act process and disbursements

The University has received funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The University has finalized and initiated the process, according to federal guidelines for administering CARES Act Grants to students, which includes assessing student need, determining individual payments, and distributing funds.

May 8, 2020: Funding Opportunities for Students Announced

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette recognizes that its students have experienced financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University is administering two programs to address these needs.

All students received email on May 8 with more details about these programs.

CARES Act

The University is finalizing the process according to federal guidelines for administering CARES Act funding to students, which includes assessing student need, determining individual payments, and distributing funds to students.

To assist the University in determining eligibility, students will need to submit a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who have not yet submitted the FAFSA have until May 15, 2020 to do so. Be sure to release your FAFSA to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, ​school code 002031. Complete the FAFSA.

The University is planning to begin disbursing CARES Act grants to students the week of May 18.

Student Emergency Fund

The University has established a Student Emergency Fund to provide limited financial assistance to students who, because of unforeseen circumstances, are unable to meet essential and immediate academic expenses.

Learn more and apply online.

April 9, 2020: Most summer courses to be online

Summer intersession courses will be offered online only.

Most summer semester courses will be taught online, but some in-person courses are available in the schedule of classes. Note that in-person courses may transition to remote delivery if necessitated by the COVID-19 situation.

Additional course offerings may be added to the schedule of courses later.

Currently enrolled degree-seeking students can begin registering for Summer Intersession, Summer, and Fall 2020 semester classes according to their registration appointment times starting on Tuesday, April 14.

April 9, 2020: Virtual commencement celebration for Spring 2020 grads

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will celebrate its spring graduating class with a virtual commencement on May 15.

An in-person celebration will be held at a later date.

The decision to host a virtual commencement is in response to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in a ban on large gatherings to mitigate the virus’ spread.

The official date of graduation for the Spring 2020 class will remain May 15. Diplomas, commencement programs, and any honor cords and medallions will be mailed to graduates, and the date will be reflected on transcripts.

Learn more about the virtual commencement celebration >

April 8, 2020: Revised TOPS Requirements & CARES Act Info

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation to ensure college students are able to meet eligibility requirements for the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students. According to the proclamation, current TOPS recipients should be aware that:

  • Continuous enrollment, academic year earned hours, and GPA requirements are suspended for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • A "P" grade counts as a completed course and does not affect the student's cumulative GPA.
  • An "F" grade does affect the student's cumulative GPA.

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act into law. The CARES Act includes information related to student loan payment deferral and federal loans and Pell grants.

The University of Louisiana System has listed the highlights of the governor's proclamation and the CARES Act on a flyer. View the flyer and learn more about TOPS and the CARES Act.

April 8, 2020: All field research suspended

Pursuant to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Stay at Home Order, all field research work involving faculty, students, or research staff of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette must be suspended until April 30, 2020. It is likely that this date may be extended by further order of the governor. Any requests seeking exceptions to this directive have to be approved by the provost, routed through, and with the approval of, the appropriate dean in the case of academic faculty and students or the vice president for Research for staff affiliated with research centers and institutes.

Further, as communicated previously in the Research COOP plan, the Institutional Review Board continues to function, as usual, to ensure that research involving human subjects is carried out in a compliant manner. Please contact IRB chair Dr. Hung-Chu Lin or the Director of Office of Research Integrity Dr. Robin Schneider-Broussard (IRB@louisiana.edu) for further information. All other research compliance committees are also operational, as outlined in the Research COOP Plan.

April 2, 2020: Parking permit refunds to be offered to those eligible

The Office of Transportation Services will offer a 25 percent refund for parking permits purchased for the Spring 2020 semester to eligible individuals. Refunds will be given to those who fit in one of the following groups:

  • residential students who had checked out of housing for the semester as of Sunday, March 29*;
  • those who bought a permit for the Girard Park Circle Parking Tower;
  • student aides;
  • graduate assistants; or
  • graduate teaching assistants.

*Residential students who check out of their housing after Sunday, March 29, may receive a prorated refund.

A process for issuing refunds and a date to expect them is forthcoming. Contact the Office of Transportation Services with questions a geauxpark@louisiana.edu.

April 2, 2020: Update - Dining Services Hours Announced

New campus dining hours are now in effect.

Dining services are carry-out only in Cypress Lake Dining Hall and The Brew. All other locations will remain closed until further notice.

The Brew:

  • Monday-Friday
    • Breakfast: 9-11 a.m.
    • Lunch: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cypress Lake Dining Hall:

  • 7 days a week:
    • Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m
    • Dinner: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

March 31, 2020: UL Lafayette COVID-19 Grading Policy Modifications for Spring 2020

Due to the impact of instructional transition related to the COVID19 pandemic, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has adopted grading policy modifications for students and courses in the Spring 2020 semester.

Grade Options for Undergraduates
Grade options of Pass (P), Emergency D (ED), and Emergency F (EF) can be requested by undergraduate students enrolled in courses that were intended to be in-person throughout Spring 2020, but were changed to remote instruction as a result of COVID-19.

Incomplete Grades for Undergraduate and Graduate
In an effort to provide students with sufficient time to resolve incomplete grades, the University will extend the deadline to complete courses assigned the grade of “I.”

Read more details on the Academic Affairs website.

COVID-19 Updates Archive

COVID-19 & Coronavirus FAQs

As COVID-19, or coronavirus, continues to spread, it is important that the University community is up to date on the latest information as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Louisiana Office of Public Health.

The University is working closely with the Louisiana Office of Public Health to monitor this ever-changing health situation. Visit the CDC website for FAQs about COVID-19.

Don't see your question answered here? Submit your question for the FAQs.

The University's Preparations & Services

Are campus offices open?
What is the school's plan for distributing the funds to students from the COVID-19 stimulus package, or CARES Act?
Are there plans to extend remote course delivery through the end of the semester?
Is the University still accepting admissions applications?
I am paying for tuition with the payment plan. Will the due date be extended or will it remain the same at April 1st?
Are any campus computer labs open?
What should I do if I live on campus? Where can I park?
Will I lose my declining balance if I leave campus?
How do I return my rented textbooks?
How do I withdraw from a class remotely?
What is the last day to withdraw?
When does advising happen?
When does registration happen?
Are the Summer Intersession, Summer, and Fall Semesters of 2020 still on schedule to continue as planned?
Are there plans to use an alternate grading option, like pass/fail?
How does pass/fail affect my TOPS and financial aid?
Should student workers and teaching assistants report to work?
Is there a way I can access the Internet and a computer if I don't have one?
Is the Campus Cupboard open?
Is the Post Office open?
Is Printing Services open?
Is the Ragin' Cajuns Store open?
Is Dupré Library open?
Is Bourgeois Hall open?
Is campus dining open?
Is the Office of Disability Services open?
Are tutoring services available?
Is the Office of Career Services open?
Is the Hilliard Art Museum open?
Is the Child Development Center open?
Are athletics facilities open?
Are buses or shuttles running from Cajun Field to campus?
Will there be a Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony?
How does the University's transition to remote course delivery affect international students?
How does the University's transition to remote course delivery affect graduate students?
Are campus events canceled?
How can I schedule counseling at the University’s Counseling and Testing Center?
How does remote learning affect benefits for veterans enrolled at the University?
Can the University test for the COVID-19 virus?
What is the University doing to help fight the spread of infection on campus?
Are there plans to close the University?
How do parents remain current with the University’s plans?
What is the status of current Study Abroad programs?
Are there any current travel restrictions?
What should I do if my approved travel needs to be canceled?
Are international students currently at the University able to travel back to their home countries?

The University's Preparations

Are campus offices open?

Yes. Campus remains open, and all University operations and business functions continue, including:

  • residence halls;
  • dining; and
  • Student Health Services.

What is the school's plan for distributing the funds to students from the COVID-19 stimulus package, or CARES Act?

The University is finalizing the process according to federal guidelines for administering CARES Act funding to students, which includes assessing student need, determining individual payments, and distributing funds to students. All students received an email with more details about this on May 8.

To assist the University in determining eligibility, students will need to submit a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who have not yet submitted the FAFSA have until May 15, 2020 to do so. Be sure to release your FAFSA to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, ​school code 002031. Complete the FAFSA.

The University is planning to begin disbursing CARES Act grants to students the week of May 18.

If you need financial assistance, you can also apply for help through the Student Emergency Fund. Food assistance is available to students through the Campus Cupboard.

Are there plans to extend remote course delivery through the end of the semester?

Yes. Remote course delivery began on March 18 and will extend through the end of the spring 2020 semester.

Is the University still accepting admissions applications?

Yes, we are still accepting admissions applications.

Undergraduate applications will be accepted through July 1. Learn more about undergraduate admissions.

The Graduate School is also still accepting applications. Visit the Graduate School's website for more information.

I am paying for tuition with the payment plan. Will the payment due dates be extended?

The University recognizes that you may be experiencing financial hardships. To assist you in paying spring semester outstanding balances, the UL Lafayette Student Cashier Center is offering a new payment plan.

The payment plan will allow you to make three equal payments on your remaining balance. You may sign up for the plan from Wednesday, April 1, through Thursday, April 30, during which time you should make your first payment. The second installment will be due by Saturday, May 30, and the third and final one will be due by Tuesday, June 30.

Read more about the payment plan announcement.

Are any campus computer labs open?

Agnes Edwards Hall Computer Lab is open to students.

  • 24 hours, 7 days a week

More information is available on the STEP website.

All students are encouraged to practice social distancing when using the computer labs.

What should I do if I live on campus?

University Housing and Dining Services are still operating to assist students who are staying in residence halls on campus. It is imperative that students on campus practice social distancing and wash hands frequently.

Students are encouraged to leave the residence halls and return home if possible. Read the latest information and FAQs from University Housing.

I'm coming to campus to help my child move out of the residence halls. Where can I park?

There are no restrictions for on-campus parking from now until the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Motorists may park in any lot or parking structure. Tickets will be issued only to those who park in reserved spaces, handicapped and tow-away zones, in front of fire hydrants or in any illegal manner.

If you have any questions, email the Office of Transportation Services at parking@louisiana.edu.

Will I lose my declining balance if I leave campus?

Declining balances for students who have meal plans this semester will roll over to next semester, even if a new academic year begins.

Students who graduate or resign this semester have 90 days to apply for refunds by emailing campusfoodservices@louisiana.edu.

How do I return my rented textbooks?

The last day The Ragin' Cajuns Store will accept returns for textbook rentals will be Tuesday, May 19. Students needing to return rented textbooks should mail them back using any shipment method to the following address:

The Ragin' Cajuns Store
620 McKinley Street
P.O. Box 43574
Lafayette, LA 70504

Rental returns must also include the following information: 

  • Student's name
  • Student's ULID
  • Student's phone number
  • ALL items that were rented in a bundle (i.e workbooks, textbooks, access codes, CDs, study guides, all volumes of text, etc.)

Any questions can be emailed to theragincajunsstore@louisiana.edu.

How do I withdraw from a class remotely?

The last day to withdraw/resign with a W for the B-term has been moved from Wednesday, April 8 to Friday, May 1

Review the Registrar's Office Remote Registration Processes page for information on how to withdraw.

What is the last day to withdraw?

Currently, the last day to withdraw with a W is still April 8. Updates will be provided if this date should change.

When does advising happen?

The traditional advising period will begin on Monday, March 30. Advising in some areas may begin prior to this date.

Advising holds and registration time tickets have been posted to student records. If a student was advised prior to March 18, their advisor will need to lift their advising holds.

When does registration happen?

Registration for Summer Intersession, Summer, and Fall 2020 classes will now begin on Tuesday, April 14.

All students must meet with their academic advisors and have their advising holds lifted prior to registration. View your holds via ULink on the Registration tab, beneath Get Ready to Register, click on Check Holds.

Summer Intersession, Summer, and Fall 2020 class schedules are available online via ULink.

Are the Summer Intersession, Summer, and Fall Semesters of 2020 still on schedule to continue as planned?

Yes. The start dates and academic calendar for each of the upcoming semesters is unchanged.

Summer intersession courses will be offered online only.

Most summer semester courses will be taught online, but some in-person courses are available in the schedule of classes. Note that in-person courses may transition to remote delivery if necessitated by the COVID-19 situation.

Additional course offerings may be added to the schedule of courses later.

Are there plans to use an alternate grading option, like pass/fail?

Due to the impact of instructional transition related to the COVID19 pandemic, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has adopted grading policy modifications for students and courses in the Spring 2020 semester.

Read the announcement about pass/fail and other options.

How does pass/fail affect my TOPS and financial aid?

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation to ensure college students are able to meet eligibility requirements for the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students. According to the proclamation, current TOPS recipients should be aware that:

  • Continuous enrollment, academic year earned hours, and GPA requirements are suspended for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • A "P" grade counts as a completed course and does not affect the student's cumulative GPA.
  • An "F" grade does affect the student's cumulative GPA.

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act into law. The CARES Act includes information related to student loan payment deferral and federal loans and Pell grants.

The University of Louisiana System has listed the highlights of the governor's proclamation and the CARES Act on a flyer. View the flyer and learn more about TOPS and the CARES Act.

Should student workers and teaching assistants report to work?

Student workers, graduate assistants and teaching assistants should work with their supervisors to determine ways to work remotely.

All student employees received an email on March 26, 2020, outlining how to submit timesheets.

Is there a way I can access the Internet and a computer if I don’t have one?

Yes. The Agnes Edwards Hall Computer Lab is open to students 24/7.

More information is available on the STEP website.

All students are encouraged to practice social distancing when using the computer labs.

Is the Campus Cupboard open?

Yes. Campus Cupboard, UL Lafayette’s food pantry for students, faculty, and staff, is offering pick-up service from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

To ensure that orders are ready for pick up and to minimize face-to-face interactions, customers should complete this form.

Is Printing Services open?

The University's Printing Services will continue to monitor requests and complete print jobs as needed. To submit a print job, fill out the Printing Request form and email it to printingservices@louisiana.edu and/or susan.leblanc@louisiana.edu.

Is the Ragin' Cajuns Store open?

All locations of The Ragin' Cajuns Store will be closed until further notice. However, all orders placed online, including those for caps and gowns, textbooks, and imprinted items, will still be fulfilled. Limited work hours may create shipment delays as online orders will be processed and shipped on Thursdays only.

Your patience is appreciated. If you have questions, please email ragincajunsstore@louisiana.edu.

Is the Post Office open?

Yes, but with limited hours.

The campus Post Office will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to sort and distribute incoming mail, and meter and send University departmental mail. Departments with outgoing mail should drop it off to the Post Office by noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays for it to be metered and sent that day.

The retail stamp counter will be closed because of the University shifting to telework.

Campus mailboxes can be accessed via the Student Union's Boucher Street entrance. The Student Union is currently open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday.

If you are moving off campus and are not returning to on campus housing for Summer or Fall 2020 semesters, please return your key directly to the Post Office.

If you are returning to campus housing, please keep your key in order to maintain your current P.O. Box address.  If you wish to have your mail forwarded to your home address until returning, please call (337) 482-6113 or stop by the Post Office to put an alternative address on file.

Is Dupré Library open?

No. Edith Garland Dupré Library will be closed until further notice beginning at 5 p.m. on March 23. Dupré Library will continue to provide services to the University community through online resources and remote consultations with students, faculty, and staff.

View more details about Dupré Library's hours and other campus services.

Is Bourgeois Hall open?

No. Bourgeois Hall has been closed, and all intramural sports and recreation events are currently canceled.

Is campus dining open?

Yes, campus dining is open for "to-go" meals as the University continues to encourage social distancing in an effort to maintain the health and wellbeing of the campus community.

All campus residents may eat in Cypress Lake Dining Hall at no cost. This applies to students who remain in residence halls, Legacy Park, Cajun Village and the Heritage.

Students who do not have a meal plan will be asked to sign in at the cashier’s desk, but they will not be billed for meals. Swipes can be used by those who have them. If a student doesn’t have adequate swipes, they will also be asked to sign in – but will not be charged.

Non-residential students who have meal plans and wish to continue to utilize campus dining may do so. Dining Services is prepared to support faculty, staff and students during this period.  Of course, customers may also use cash, credit and debit cards.

Email campusfoodservices@louisiana.edu with questions.

Dining services are carry-out only in Cypress Lake Dining Hall and The Brew. All other locations will remain closed until further notice.

  • The Brew:
    • Monday-Friday
      • Breakfast: 9-11 a.m.
      • Lunch: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Cypress Lake Dining Hall:
    • 7 days a week:
      • Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      • Dinner: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Is the Office of Disability Services open?

Yes. The office is open during regular University hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Updates of any schedule changes will be provided if necessary.

Learn more about the Office of Disability Services' testing center, note takers, and more on their website.

Are tutoring services available?

Yes. The Learning Center has transitioned to virtual tutoring and is available to assist students in a variety of courses.

Tutoring will be conducted through Zoom, free online meeting software. The online meetings will be accessible via computer, mobile phones, and smart tablets.

Learn more about virtual tutoring services.

Is the Office of Career Services open?

The Office of Career Services is still providing career assistance and preparation services to students.

Learn more about the Office of Career Services' operations during the COVID-19 response on their website.

Is the Hilliard Art Museum open?

No. The Hilliard Art Museum is closed to the public until further notice. The closure affects the main museum building, the A. Hays Town building, and all gallery and exhibition spaces. All public programming and tours are canceled.

Is the Child Development Center open?

No. The Child Development Center is closed for the remainder of the semester.

Are athletics facilities open?

All Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics facilities are closed. This includes all training facilities, sports venues and administrative offices.

Are buses or shuttles running from Cajun Field to campus?

Bus service to and from Cajun Field has been suspended. Students may park in the Earl K. Long lot (Zone 15) or the first three levels of the Girard Park Circle parking tower for free until further notice..

Will there be a Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony?

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will celebrate its spring graduating class with a virtual commencement on May 15.

An in-person celebration will be held at a later date.

The decision to host a virtual commencement is in response to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in a ban on large gatherings to mitigate the virus’ spread.

The official date of graduation for the Spring 2020 class will remain May 15. Diplomas, commencement programs, and any honor cords and medallions will be mailed to graduates, and the date will be reflected on transcripts.

Learn more about the virtual Commencement celbration.

Are campus events canceled?

All campus events, regardless of size, are suspended until the end of the semester. This includes officer meetings, general meetings, activities, and events.

This applies both to on campus as well as off campus events. Any planned events or activities should be cancelled and/or postponed. Exchanges of information via other options such as email and phone are encouraged.

How does the University's transition to remote course delivery affect international students?

The Division of Global Engagement has provided guidelines for international students on their website.

How does the University's transition to remote course delivery affect graduate students?

The Graduate School is posting guidelines and updates for graduate students on their website.

How can I schedule counseling at the University’s Counseling and Testing Center?

The UL Lafayette Counseling and Testing Center is offering sessions by phone and online only. To schedule an appointment, call (337) 482-6480 during regular business hours.

Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

How does remote learning affect benefits for veterans enrolled at the University?

Veteran’s benefits remain the same as the University delivers coursework remotely. The only changes that will be submitted are withdrawals (official and unofficial). Please send an email to veterans@louisiana.edu if you withdraw from a course.

View more information at the Office of Veterans Services.

Can the University test for the COVID-19 virus?

Some persons who are at risk for COVID-19 and meet certain criteria will be candidates for testing through the Office of Public Health. Student Health Services can facilitate this testing.

What is the University doing to help fight the spread of infection on campus?

The University is taking safety measures to maintain the cleanliness of our campus to mitigate any spread of a possible infection.

Our custodial staff meets daily to discuss and follow up on all safety requirements, updates and changes regarding the COVID-19 virus. Academic building inspections are taking place multiple times a day across our campus. The staff is using approved disinfecting agents to kill all possible bacterial, viral and infection droplets on all surfaces, door handles, stair rails, restroom facilities, and water fountains. All hand sanitizing dispensers are checked multiple times daily.

Our food services staff have also met and have been retrained on cleaning techniques in the food preparation and serving areas.

Contact Workorder@louisiana.edu to report any concerns.

Are there plans to close the University?

UL Lafayette will begin remote course delivery to mitigate public health concerns related to COVID-19, or coronavirus. Alternative delivery methods begin on Wednesday, March 18.

There will be no classes Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, but campus will remain open, and all University operations and business functions will continue, including:

  • residence halls;
  • dining; and
  • Student Health Services.

The University remains open and the leadership of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is committed to ensuring the safety of its students, faculty and staff. The University is monitoring alerts from the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Louisiana Office of Public Health.

How do parents remain current with the University’s plans?

Parents should monitor this website and official University social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter, for the latest information.

What is the status of current Study Abroad programs?

UL Lafayette has canceled its Study Abroad program in Italy, England, and Costa Rica for the Summer 2020 semester. Students who were scheduled to travel to Italy as part of Study Abroad will receive full refunds.

Are there any current travel restrictions?

Effective immediately and until further notice, all state-supported international travel is prohibited.

Out-of-State travel, whether by ground transportation or air, must be approved in advance by the Louisiana Commissioner of Administration and will be evaluated based on business necessity.

In-state travel is strongly discouraged and will be denied unless it is essential and there are no other means of conducting business.

These restrictions apply to new and all previously approved travel requests. All requests for the Commissioner's consideration and any questions should be emailed to purchasing@louisiana.edu.

What should I do if my approved travel needs to be cancelled?

If you have pre-approved travel in Chrome River that is to be canceled — whether it is a voluntary cancellation or one that is associated with the Coronavirus restrictions — please cancel your arrangements (airfare, hotel, registration) immediately. To do that, follow the instructions on the Chrome River Dashboard to process non-refundable expenses, expire your pre-approval, and/or delete your request.

If you have non-refundable airfare, Short’s will not refund but the value of your ticket may be eligible to be applied toward the price of a new ticket for a fee; a service fee may be charged. For travel related questions, please email Purchasing@louisiana.edu.

Are international students currently at the University able to travel back to their home countries?

There are no restrictions on international students currently enrolled at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette traveling back to their home countries.  However, federal restrictions may be instituted that deny or delay re-entry into the United States.  International students should research travel restrictions before planning to travel.

For the most up-to-date travel restrictions and guidelines, please visit the CDC Information for Travel page.