International and Domestic Travel
UTA TRAVEL GUIDANCE AS of August 19, 2020:
On August 6, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State rescinded their respective global pandemic travel advisories removing most mandatory quarantine periods upon arrival to the U.S. from international travel. Any exceptions are noted below.
International Travel to UTA
Per current U.S. travel policy, most foreign nationals who have been in one of these countries during the previous 14 days will not be allowed to enter the United States:
- Most European Countries (European Schengen area)
- United Kingdom
DHS arrival restrictions are available here.
Guidance for International Students
- Some students from the Schengen Area, the U.K., and Ireland with valid F-1 and M-1 visas do not need to request a national interest exception to travel.
- Students from those areas with J-1 visas can request national interest exemptions.
- Read an FAQ resource about national interest exceptions.
University-Sponsored International Travel
As of October 16, 2020, the following guidance is in effect:
- All students or faculty who are currently abroad on a research or education trip may remain and complete the activities approved by your International Oversight Committees (IOC). Upon re-entry they will comply with all relevant CDC guidance regarding isolation or other precautions.
- No new educational program-based trips (undergraduate or graduate) scheduled to take place in the fall may be approved. However, those that have already been approved may move forward.
- For fall international travel by faculty that is research related, those trips may only continue if the President or his or her designee has approved of the trip and deemed it critical or essential.
- Planning and approvals for spring 2021 educational or research trips may continue forward unless further restricted by a future emergency order.
Any questions regarding study abroad and UTA IOC approvals should be directed to Jay Horn, executive director of international education (email@example.com).
Personal International Travel
UTA faculty and staff may travel internationally in accordance with CDC issued travel warnings. If the CDC recommends a 14-day quarantine upon return from the region in which faculty or staff plan to travel, they must submit the international travel form. Following submission, the traveler will be provided additional information and details of self-quarantine upon return to the United States.
University-Sponsored Domestic Travel
As part of the cost containment measures issued April 22, 2020, all University-sponsored domestic travel is highly discouraged. For those individuals needing to travel for mission critical business or for research and other activities funded through external grants, gifts and endowments, travel authorizations should be submitted through UT Share as normal.
NOTE: Travel funded through sponsored research is exempt from this guidance and must comply with the obligations provided by the funding source.
Personal Domestic Travel
UTA faculty and staff may travel domestically with no requirements to submit documentation or self-quarantine. Faculty and staff are advised to adhere to CDC issued guidelines, such as social distancing, hand washing and use of face coverings, while traveling.
For consideration when evaluating essential travel
Travelers should consider how their planned trips may affect their ability to return to the United States and to campus. If trip cancellation insurance is available, travelers should consider purchasing it in case last-minute cancellation is needed. This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation and it is difficult to anticipate what the future may hold.
Those traveling should allot additional time for airport screening measures, which generally include temperature checks and questionnaires, and should follow directives from authorities. No one should travel while sick, lest they risk additional screening measures, potential entry denial, and quarantine. Additionally, anyone who is sick risks spreading germs and infection to others.
Domestic travel considerations
Be advised that states are implementing quarantine requirements for travelers arriving from Texas. Please pay attention to the news and official information at your travel destination so that you are aware of restrictions that may be in place upon your arrival at your final destination.
International travel considerations
- Is the traveler able to obtain a passport or visa if necessary?
- Will the proposed destination allow entry?
- Is the traveler permitted to return to the U.S.?
Travel Planning Resources
As UTA evaluates future travel requests, it is imperative that we consider whether or not an individual will be able to obtain a passport or visa if necessary, whether or not the proposed destination will allow entry, and whether or not a return to the U.S. will be permitted.
- Websites to track travel/entry restrictions implemented by countries globally: IATA, ISOS (new details require Membership ID 11BSGC000037), Fragomen, UN WFP Emergency Division, Deloitte Go Work Site
- CDC site showing U.S. COVID-19 travel considerations
- DHS arrival restrictions
- State Department information about U.S. passport processing (Updated August 6, 2020)
- The pandemic exclusion for security evacuations will continue to apply to future travel.
COVID-19 Testing Map
An interactive map from the Texas Department of State Health Services provides detailed information on public and private mobile, walk-in and drive-thru test collection sites in your community.
Health Tips for Mavericks
- Stay home if you are sick and seek medical attention.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid contact with others who are sick.
- Seek medical attention if you are sick.