International and Domestic Travel
UTA TRAVEL GUIDANCE AS of April 30, 2021:
Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States
If you plan to travel internationally, get tested before you travel by air into the U.S. or be prepared to show proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel.
On January 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)C issued an order requiring all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This order will go into effect on January 26, 2021.
Read FAQs on the CDC website.
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
- South Africa
Guidance for International Students
On May 27, 2021, the U.S. Department of State made a national interest determination regarding categories of travelers eligible for exceptions. Read article here.
University-Sponsored International Travel
For those individuals needing to travel for mission-essential business, travel authorizations should be submitted through UT Share as normal, for review and final approval by the cognizant Dean or Vice President.
Travelers are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine prior to international travel.
Travelers should be aware of restrictions that may be in place upon your arrival at your final destination related to COVID-19.
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. International travelers are advised to review CDC guidance related to after travel precautions.
University-Sponsored Domestic Travel
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, for review and final approval by the cognizant Dean or Vice President.
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
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.?
- On April 19, 2021, the State Department classified several countries as Level 4 - Do Not Travel in alignment with the CDC's COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination. Please be sure to check your destination prior to planning travel.
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 (As of June 17, 2021)
- 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.