International and Domestic Travel
UTA TRAVEL GUIDANCE AS of August 3, 2020:
International Travel to UTA
Current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states travelers entering the United States must stay home for 14 days from the time they return from international travel.
Additionally, 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
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
All University-sponsored international travel for students, faculty, and staff is cancelled until further notice. Exceptions will be considered by the UTA International Oversight Committee by submitting a request to travel to restricted regions.
Any questions regarding study abroad and UTA IOC approvals should be directed to Jay Horn, executive director of international education (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Personal International Travel
The CDC raised its Travel Health Notice Warning Level to Level 2 and above globally, which includes all international and cruise travel. These changes trigger a UTA requirement for a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period upon your return to the United State for anyone who left the U.S. border.
All UTA travelers must submit the international travel form for further information and to receive details of self-monitoring upon return to the United States.
The University is committed to providing assistance to any individuals finding themselves in this situation. We also are informing returning Mavericks that they are not to visit UTA Health Services without calling the clinic first. Caregivers will provide telephone consultation and work with our local and regional health departments to provide appropriate care for symptomatic individuals.
Travelers should also 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.
University-Sponsored Domestic Travel
As a cost-mitigation effort, all University-sponsored domestic travel is highly discouraged. For those individuals needing to travel for mission-essential business, 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, handing washing and use of face coverings, while traveling.
Travel Planning Considerations
Be advised that some states are implementing quarantine requirements for travelers arriving from Texas. Please monitor 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.
- 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. Resources to consider include:
- 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. CDC restrictions by country are available here and DHS arrival restrictions are available here.
- State Department information about U.S. passport processing is available here.
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.