International Travel Vaccination Requirements
In response to global travel restrictions and effective immediately, Monmouth University will require all participants in sponsored international travel programs be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. There are no exceptions to this mandate.
Several conditions were considered when making this decision:
- A number of our host countries have implemented travel bans for unvaccinated persons, or lengthy isolation periods, which will prevent full and active participation in the program.
- Vaccination protects the health and safety of the local community, including local health resources.
- Regular testing, such as is offered here in the US, is not readily available in all host communities.
- Vaccination protects the health and safety of fellow MU community members.
- Vaccination shows respect to the local community by valuing their safety.
- Vaccination reduces the academic risk of missing important classes or cultural experiences due to illness, quarantine/isolation, or changing regulations.
- Vaccination reduces the financial risk of being denied entry into, or being turned away from, a country or Host University due to vaccine status.
- Vaccination reduces the financial risk and programmatic changes. Some countries mandate the unvaccinated to submit a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours to gain access to public spaces, transportation, restaurants etc…
It should also be noted that several countries require the unvaccinated to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days at a government designated facility or hotel at an additional cost to the student.
Monmouth University’s first priority is to keep our students and faculty safe while participating in academic programs abroad.
Questions and requests for more information regarding the “Digital COVID Certificate,” that several countries require to show proof of vaccination, can be brought to the Global Education Office.