Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Updated July 23, 2021
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International Travel Guidelines in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Current UT System policy states that all international travel must be essential and is considered High Risk through December 31, 2021. All countries are currently included in the “restricted regions" list. Therefore, all university-related international travel requests (business, educational, medical, research, presentations, conferences, competitions, etc.) for summer and fall 2021 must be reviewed and approved by the International Oversight Committee (IOC). Restricted Regions requests require Dean/VP and Chair approval. For more information on the steps to obtain approval for international travel, follow the International Travel Process.
When possible, all faculty, staff, and colleges, schools, and units (CSUs) are highly encouraged to submit their request to travel abroad at least 4-6 weeks prior to departure to allow the IOC sufficient time to review and assess risk. Travel arrangements (airfare, lodging, etc.) may be made without Dean or VP approval prior to submitting the Restricted Regions request to the IOC. International travel will no longer require use of a UT Contracted travel agency or UT’s online booking tool Concur.
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 three 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.
Travelers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who receive a waiver to travel abroad and are returning from international destinations may return to in-person work immediately. Following CDC guidance for international travel, testing 3-5 days upon return is recommended regardless of vaccination status. Students and employees can access testing for free through the UT Proactive Community Testing program.
Unvaccinated personnel, following CDC guidance for international travel, should 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, following a negative COVID test 3-5 days after their return. If the traveler does not wish to get tested, they should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days. Students and employees can access testing for free through the UT Proactive Community Testing program.
As you prepare to travel from locations outside of the U.S. to Austin review the information in the Fall 2021 COVID-19 Pre-Departure and Arrival Expectations for International Travelers. These expectations were created to prioritize your health, along with the health of our campus community.
All Faculty and Staff Travelers:
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 and associated FAQs.
Employees traveling before Sept. 30, 2021 may be eligible for leave provisions under the American Rescue Plan Act. Employees should discuss leave options with their human resources representative. Any employee who thinks they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should report to the Occupational Health Program (OHP). Students should report to University Health Services (UHS).
Visitors to Campus
Visitors/researchers/scholars wishing to travel to campus from abroad will need to seek approval from the corresponding college/school’s Dean or Vice President. All visitors will be subject to the same quarantine provisions as UT Austin approved travelers returning from abroad.
All international visiting delegations coordinated by Texas Global are suspended through August 31, 2021.
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