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Updated as of March 24, 2023
The U.S. Department of State continues to update Travel Advisories, and the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) continues to closely monitor the status of COVID-19 globally. As a result of close consultation between ECA and U.S. Embassies and Consulates, the Gilman Program has temporarily updated travel policies to allow Gilman Scholars to study/intern in select locations with a Level 3 Travel Advisory.
Per long-standing policy, Gilman Scholars are permitted to study or intern only in locations with a Level 1 or 2 Travel Advisory. For programs starting on or after January 1, 2022, Gilman Scholars will be able to participate in programs in a select number of locations with Level 3 Travel Advisories. The program location must be a Level 1 or 2, or an approved Level 3 Travel Advisory exception location, at the start of the program. Gilman scholars must fully comply with their host country’s visa and entry requirements, including those related to vaccinations, quarantine, and testing.
Please check the Department of State’s Travel Advisory page for current status of your host location.
There are currently no locations with a Level 3 Travel Advisories that are eligible under the Gilman Program but please check back, as this page is updated frequently.
Students traveling to Approved Selected Level 3 Countries must:
- Consult with staff at their U.S. college/ university and program provider to determine any additional precautions or contingency plans of which they need to be aware to study/ intern in the selected location.
- Determine their ability to travel to and enter the location and adhere to any additional requirements or restrictions, which may include vaccinations, quarantine, and testing.
- Complete a Gilman-provided weekly online check-in questionnaire for the duration of their program abroad, or until the Travel Advisory changes to a Level 1 or 2. These check-ins are required in order to maintain their status as a Gilman Scholar, and failure to complete these check-ins may result in termination of their status as a Gilman Scholar and may include repayment of Gilman funding.
- Respond promptly to any inquiries from the U.S. Department of State officials, including at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad, and from the Gilman Program team to provide requested updates on their health and safety and any changes to their program status. These communications will be provided by email and it is incumbent upon Gilman Scholars to check their primary email address daily. Failure to respond to these communications may result in termination of their status as a Gilman Scholar and may include repayment of Gilman funding.
Travel Advisories and the approved Level 3 countries are subject to change, so students should continue to reconfirm this information as the proposed time period for the exchange approaches. The Gilman Program, under the direction of the U.S. Department of State, is the final decision-making authority regarding the eligibility of a location and the continuation of a student’s participation as a grantee of the Gilman Program.
COVID-19 TRAVEL CONSIDERATIONS
Many areas worldwide are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and have taken actions that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice. If students are participating in programs in Level 1 or 2, or approved Level 3 locations, it is essential that they confirm their ability to travel to and enter the location and adhere to any additional requirements or restrictions that may be in place. Please note that situations are continuing to evolve, and students should continue to reconfirm this information as the proposed time period for the exchange approaches.
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