The Board of Regents lifted its 30-day ban on university-sponsored international travel for all faculty, staff, and students on March 11, 2021. The university will follow the below procedures for international travel moving forward:

Domestic Travel


Effective June 15, 2020, the university returned to normal approval processes for all domestic travel.


Trips for all domestic travel need to be created and approved through workflow. ProTrav is now available for the creation of domestic trips for purposes other than COVID-19.

International Travel


International travel will continue to be limited.

President Harreld may authorize individual faculty and staff international travel for departures if that travel is specifically tied to university responsibilities. Additional information on this process can be found in the travel section of the FAQ page.


Faculty and staff inquiries regarding international travel can be directed to

Student Travel and Study Abroad


International travel is currently limited.



Undergraduate student travel for University of Iowa purposes will not be approved through August 1, 2021.


Nonessential international travel for university purposes should be avoided to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the virus. The university will continue to monitor travel risks and modify guidelines if and when conditions improve.



Graduate and professional students may submit a high-risk travel proposal to International Programs for consideration. High-risk travel proposals from graduate and professional students are reviewed by the Travel Advisory Committee, and committee recommendations are shared with the university President or a designated delegate for final decision making.


More information:

Study Abroad

International Students

Personal Travel


You will not be expected to self-isolate after returning from travel at this time.


With community and statewide spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are working under the expectation that all university employees are at risk of exposure and therefore will not be expected to self-isolate after returning from travel at this time.



The University of Iowa strongly encourages, but does not require, that individuals traveling for university purposes be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their departure. Some countries may require proof of vaccination to gain entry. Some institutions abroad may require proof of vaccination for enrollment or attendance. The university recommends that travelers who are vaccinated carry proof of vaccination when traveling abroad.

COVID-19 Testing

Some airlines and countries require a negative COVID-19 test for travel. Check directly with your airline well in advance of departure for guidance, as requirements may change with little notice as the pandemic evolves. Check for country-specific information regarding vaccinations, testing, and travel restrictions on the U.S. Embassy website for your international destination.

You may contact for assistance with travel risk assessment and planning.