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 available for the creation of domestic trips.

International Travel

 

Effective June 1, 2021, the university returned to normal processes for employees engaging in university-sponsored international travel.


Following standard pre-pandemic travel requirements, international trips for employees need to be created and approved through workflow. ProTrav is available for the creation of international trips for university travel purposes.

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 safety-abroad@uiowa.edu.

Student Travel and Study Abroad

 

Effective Aug. 15, 2021, the university returned to normal approval processes for student international travel.

 

 

Following standard pre-pandemic travel requirements, the university will continue to monitor travel risks and modify guidelines as conditions change.

Requests:

Undergraduate, graduate and professional students traveling for a university purpose may submit an international travel registration request to International Programs for consideration or enroll in a study abroad program in consultation with a UI Study Abroad advisor. Approved student travel is entered in the ProTrav system by International Programs.

Students who wish to travel to destinations with a U.S. Department of State travel advisory risk rating of level 3 or higher must submit a high-risk travel proposal for consideration as part of travel registration or study abroad enrollment. High-risk travel proposals are reviewed by the Travel Advisory Committee, and committee recommendations are shared with the university Provost 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.

CDC Guidelines

Recommendations

Vaccination

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 safety-abroad@uiowa.edu for assistance with travel risk assessment and planning.