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Spring Semester Requirements for Students Arriving in Charlottesville from outside the U.S.

January 29, 2021

This information is subject to change based on evolving public health measures. For additional details about UVA's response to the Coronavirus, please visit the Coronavirus Information website (formerly called Return to Grounds). 

Summary of Requirements

  • The Spring 2021 Arrival Survey is now closed. Please report your arrival information including arrival date in the U.S.; arrival date in Charlottesville; housing (on or off-grounds) and any other information you wish to share to HoosAbroad@virginia.edu 
  • Air passengers are required to get a viral test within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result to their airline. 
  • Students are required to take a COVID saliva PCR test upon arrival in Charlottesville/Albemarle area. 
  • NEW - Students arriving on or after January 26, 2021 must quarantine for seven days. 
  • NEW - Students are required to test again at UVA’s Walk-In Saliva Testing sites during days 3 – 5 of quarantine. 

Please read the details for each step below and direct all related questions to HoosAbroad@virginia.edu.

 

New Seven Day Quarantine Requirement for Students Arriving from Abroad On or After January 26, 2021 

Consistent with updated Centers for Disease Control guidance, students arriving from outside of the U.S. on or after January 26, 2021 must quarantine upon arrival and remain in quarantine for seven days before accessing UVA Grounds and moving into UVA Housing (unless your spring housing assignment is a single room with private bathroom.) Students may begin the semester remotely and participate in virtual programming from quarantine. 

Students are still required to take a COVID saliva PCR test upon arrival in Charlottesville/Albemarle area (more details below) during their quarantine. 

Prior to Arrival

Minimize Risk of Exposure 14 Days Before Returning to Charlottesville

Students should take extra precautions to minimize their risk of exposure for 14 days before returning to Charlottesville.  Extra precautions to minimize risk of exposure means the student should stay home, separate from others outside the home, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.  These are protective measures that limit exposure to individuals who may be infected with COVID-19 and can transmit the virus.

If a student is unable to stay home, it is essential that the student minimize contact with others during this period.  Students should be vigilant in physical distancing (maintaining at least a six-foot distance between the student and others), using a face covering, washing hands frequently, refraining from touching their face without washing hands first. 

COVID-19 Test Requirement for All Air Passengers Entering the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notice published on January 12, 2021 states “Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.”

This order was signed by the CDC Director on January 12, 2021 and will become effective on January 26, 2021. More information can be found here.

Students are still required to take a COVID saliva PCR test upon arrival in Charlottesville/Albemarle area (more details below).

Upon Arrival

All students arriving in Charlottesville for the spring semester from outside of the U.S. are required to receive a COVID saliva PCR test immediately upon arrival on Grounds or in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area and quarantine for seven days. The quarantine requirement is in effect starting January 26, 2021, per CDC guidance.

Quarantine Protocol for Students Living On-Grounds (UVA Housing) 

If students cannot stay away from others in their on-Grounds housing (e.g., would need to share a bedroom and bathroom), they will be assigned to University pre-arrival quarantine housing at no additional cost. Meals will be delivered from UVA dining services two times per day throughout the seven-day quarantine period (charged to student meal plans at a level commensurate with the meal plan type.) Students will need to stay in their assigned space, separate from others outside the space, and monitor their health for the seven-day period of self-quarantine. To request I/Q space, please report your arrival date in the U.S.; arrival date in Charlottesville; housing (on or off-Grounds) and any other information you wish to share to HoosAbroad@virginia.edu

Please contact Student Health & Wellness promptly if you have any symptoms of COVID. 434-924-5362 (Business Hours). 434-297-4261 (After Hours). 

Quarantine Protocol for Students Living Off-Grounds 

Students must physically distance themselves from others in their off-Grounds location for the duration of the seven-day quarantine period. If you are unable to maintain physical distancing in your off-Grounds location, you may request assignment to University Isolation/Quarantine (I/Q) space at no additional cost. To request I/Q space, please report your arrival date in the U.S.; arrival date in Charlottesville; housing (on or off-Grounds) and any other information you wish to share to HoosAbroad@virginia.edu

While in quarantine, please contact Student Health & Wellness promptly if you have any symptoms of COVID. 434-924-5362 (Business Hours). 434-297-4261 (After Hours).  

COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Students Arriving from Outside of the U.S. on or after January 26, 2021

  1. Receive a COVID saliva PCR test immediately upon arrival on Grounds or in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area at UVA’s Walk-In Saliva Testing sites.
  2. Test again at UVA’s Walk-In Saliva Testing sites during days 3 – 5 of quarantine.  All UVA students have appointment days and times for prevalence testing preloaded in the scheduling app.  If your preloaded time is not within days 3 - 5 of your quarantine period, you should cancel that appointment and reschedule for a day within days 3 -5 of your quarantine.  If you cannot find an appointment during that time span, visit UVA’s Walk-In Saliva Testing site at Scott Stadium on a walk-in basis (no appointment needed).

In all cases, you must be tested at least once per week (Monday – Sunday period) to meet the University’s prevalence testing requirements.  

Questions about prevalence testing may be directed to Prevalence-Test@virginia.edu.