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UTA Policy on Travel to Restricted Regions

The University of Texas at Arlington supports and encourages international collaborations and recognizes the important role international travel plays in developing a global perspective.  The University is committed to the safety and well-being of its students, faculty and staff when they participate in these activities and realizes that some areas of the world present heightened health and safety risks. Countries that have U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings have been identified as regions which require special measures to mitigate risk and in some cases, call for the avoidance of travel altogether.

The University of Texas System requires all travel to countries with U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings to be reviewed and approved by the University's International Oversight Committee (IOC). This policy outlines the procedures that all students, faculty and staff must follow to ensure their international travel complies with the UT System directive. The above mentioned procedures are in addition to all other requirements for travel established by the traveler's department/unit.


  *  UTA students, traveling internationally as individuals or in groups, with or without University funding, for any UTA-sponsored, UTA-administered, or UTA-related activity/program (including, but not limited to, activities such as taking part in official study abroad programs, participating in recognized student organization trips abroad, conducting research, and attending conferences)

  * UTA faculty and staff traveling internationally with or without University funding to conduct University business within one's capacity as faculty or staff members, such as participation in research, conferences or teaching endeavors

Travel to Restricted Regions
The University's International Oversight Committee (IOC) makes decisions about travel to restricted region based on several resources including: 1) list of countries with current U.S Department of State Travel Warnings, 2) consultation with International SOS (UTA's emergency assistance provider) and 3) other international travel resources.  No student, faculty or staff can be required to travel to a location on the Restricted Regions List.

 Approval may be granted by Requesting Travel Authorization and meeting all requirements set forth by the IOC.

UTA reserves the right to withhold reimbursement and/or take other disciplinary actions for non-compliance with the UTA Travel Policy.

Request Travel Authorization

Students, faculty and staff may request travel authorization using the linked forms below.  For detailed procedures and access to all necessary forms and websites, please click on the appropriate link below:

  * Faculty and Staff

  * Students

  * UTA-Organized Activities and Programs (Including Faculty-Led Programs)

International Oversight Committee

The International Oversight Committee (IOC), has been established to develop guidelines and formulate policies to maintain the health and safety of University of Texas at Arlington students, faculty and staff who study, conduct research, and/or do business internationally. The IOC is chaired by Provost, Ronald Elsenbaumer.  Committee members consist of representatives from across campus, including academic leaders, faculty members and international education specialists.

The IOC is charged with assessing levels of risk in countries or regions for which there are significant health or safety concerns and where University-related programs and travel are occurring or proposed. The IOC is dedicated to preserving academic freedom and the University's robust research agenda, while ensuring the safety of the university's students, faculty and staff. Therefore, it is in consultation with international scholars across campus and experts in the field of international risk and safety that the IOC addresses University travel to high risk areas.

UT Arlington Travel Policy to Restricted Regions

Please direct all questions or concerns regarding the International Oversight Committee or UTA’s Travel Policy to Restricted Regions to:

Jay Horn
Executive Director,
Office of International Education
(817) 272-2355