Travel & Transportation | COVID-19

Travel Restrictions

Undergraduate travel courses are canceled through the Spring 2021 semester. International clinical placements may be considered, depending on government travel regulations.

  • Pacific University will not allow university-sponsored travel under any circumstances to any country that is at CDC COVID Level 4.
  • At Level 3, the appropriate dean, the director of International Programs, the director of Global Short-Term Studies (if applicable), and the Provost must review jointly and approve travel for graduate travel courses, graduate students on clinical placement or other travel related to their academic programs, and undergraduate students undertaking individualized credit-bearing and/or university-funded study.
  • For undergraduate travel courses, faculty directors must complete the same supplemental approval procedure that has been in place for countries previously under a travel warning.
  • If a CDC COVID Level 4 or Level 3 advisory is issued while the program is in session, the director of International Programs, in consultation with on-site staff and the International Programs Crisis Management Team, will review the situation, and the program will be suspended if conditions warrant this action.

Nonessential domestic travel for university-related purposes remains restricted.

Essential domestic and international travel, including clinical placements that fulfill degree requirements, will be allowed if it is feasible and conforms to the university policy on Health, Safety and Security Issues in Study Abroad, as well as with the international travel requirements and government travel regulations noted above. Travel for the purposes of student recruitment also is considered essential domestic travel.


Students who opt to carpool should follow safety guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

  • All persons must be symptom-free without fever before leaving.
  • All occupants must wear face masks upon arrival to the gathering point and for the entire time in shared transportation.
  • Wash or sanitize hands before getting in the vehicle.
  • Provide a flow of fresh air into the vehicle by opening windows.
  • Stop for a fresh air break of at least 15 minutes every two-and-a-half hours. Occupants can take off masks and get fresh air while distancing at least six feet from one another.  
  • Occupants should sit in the same seat to and from the destination. An exception is made for the drivers, who should trade seats after every fresh air break to prevent fatigue.
  • Eating and drinking should be done during fresh air breaks, while maintaining 6 feet of distance.
  • Disinfect vehicles after each trip/day, including:
    • Steering wheel
    • Window and other control buttons
    • Gear shift
    • Wiper and turn-signal mechanisms
    • Seat-adjustment levers
    • Armrests
    • Keys
    • Door handles, interior and exterior
    • Cup holders
    • Headrests
    • Seat belts and seat-belt buckles
    • Air vents
    • Touch screens
    • Stereo knobs

Motor Pool

Students and employees traveling in university motor pool vehicles will adhere to guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and motor pool vehicles will be cleaned regularly. Those using motor pool vehicles occasionally will follow these general guidelines. Students traveling in motor pool vehicles for Voyages and Athletics activities — which puts them in a closer-contact cohort — will have slightly different guidelines.