Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Updated November 9, 2021
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International Travel Guidelines in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
University of Texas System policy has deemed all international travel as High Risk. Therefore, all university-related international travel (business, educational, medical, research, presentations, conferences, competitions, etc.) must be reviewed and approved by the International Oversight Committee (IOC). For more information on the steps to obtain approval for international travel, follow the International Travel Process.
- Requests require Dean/VP and Chair approval.
- Submit requests as early as possible, at least 5 weeks prior to departure.
- Trips must be registered with International SOS (UT System requirement).
- Travel arrangements (airfare, lodging, etc.) can be made prior to sending request to IOC.
- The use of Concur or a UT-contracted travel agency is not required. However, using these tools will automatically enroll the trip with International SOS, and can providing savings of unit funds.
Health and Safety:
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 3 calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.
For more information on CDC international travel guidance, visit International Travel During COVID-19.
- All travelers must review the following information designed to prioritize your health and safety, along with the health of our campus community.
- Fully vaccinated travelers returning from international destinations may return to in-person work immediately. Following CDC guidance, testing 3-5 days upon return is recommended regardless of vaccination status.
- Unvaccinated travelers returning from international destinations, following CDC guidance, must get tested for COVID-19 with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND refrain from returning to the office for 7 days from the date of arrival. If the traveler does not wish to get tested, they should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days.
- Non-U.S. citizens must show proof of vaccination to board flights for all travelers to the U.S. per President Biden’s Proclamation and travelers on non-essential business to enter at land ports per Department of Homeland Security (effective 11/8/2021). All travelers entering at land ports will be required to show proof of vaccination beginning January 2022.
- Students and employees can access testing for free through the UT Proactive Community Testing program
As a reminder, the university may not require individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccine nor inquire about an individual’s vaccine status, other than healthcare professionals in order to provide appropriate care or for the purposes of contact tracing. Read more on Protect Texas Together.
- Employees who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 will report to the Occupational Health Program (OHP).
- Students who think they’ve been exposed to COVID-19 will report to University Health Services (UHS).
Visitors To Campus
Visitors/researchers/scholars from abroad must be approved by the CSU/department. Delegations requiring engagement with multiple CSUs are coordinated by Texas Global and facilitated by completing the visiting delegation request form. All visitors will be subject to the same quarantine provisions as UT Austin approved travelers returning from abroad.
For information on domestic travel, see the University’s COVID-19 travel guidelines.
Texas Global communications to campus
Texas Global communications to campus concerning COVID-19 (coronavirus):
Presidential Proclamation Concerning H-1B Visas
June 23, 2020
Immigration Update: Presidential Proclamation
June 3, 2020
Cancellation of All Education Abroad Programs
Mar. 11, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Italy Travel Restrictions
Feb. 28, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Korea Travel Restrictions
Feb. 25, 2020
Message of Support to our International Community
Feb. 14, 2020
Message to UT Community: China Travel Restrictions
Jan. 29, 2020