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University Travel Guidance

The University is continuing the suspension of University-sponsored international and domestic travel until further notice due to COVID-19. In addition, non-essential personal travel is strongly discouraged. Any member of the University community who chooses to travel must follow local guidelines for quarantining and other COVID-19 measures at the destination and upon their return to Chicago.

Graduate students, faculty, OAAs, postdoctoral researchers, and staff members may request an exception to the suspension of University-sponsored travel. Exceptions will be granted only in limited, compelling circumstances. Requests for exception should be submitted to the department chair or unit supervisor and are subject to approval by the Dean or Officer and by a committee the Provost has charged with reviewing such requests. Graduate students, faculty, OAAs, postdoctoral researchers, and staff members should contact their Dean or Officer for more information if they think an exception may be warranted. If the Dean or Officer agrees an exception may be warranted, requesters should then complete and submit the Request for Travel Exception During Pandemic form which includes a travel risk acknowledgment, as well as more details about the criteria used to evaluate requests. 

Returning From Travel 

In accordance with a Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) emergency order, travelers arriving in Chicago after spending more than 24 hours in states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases must quarantine for 14 days from the time of last contact in the designated state and not return to campus before the quarantine is completed. Members of the UChicago community who live outside Chicago are also subject to this requirement as it pertains to coming to campus and must not come to campus for the 14-day period.

Exceptions to this order apply for “essential workers,” as designated by the federal government, if the travel is for work. Requirements for essential workers include:

·         Limiting activities in Chicago to work-related activities and functions that directly support their work-related activities and avoiding public spaces as much as possible, especially extended periods in public, large congregate settings, and contact with strangers.

·         Monitoring temperature and signs of symptoms of COVID-19, wearing a face covering when in public, maintaining social distance, and cleaning and disinfecting workspaces.

Please note, the CDPH recommends that those who traveled to states designated under its order get tested for COVID-19 during their 14-day quarantine period, ideally between days 5 and 9.  For a list of designated states and more information on the order, see the CDPH website.

Most travelers can return to campus following international travel but should take precautions. Some travelers may have higher risk of exposure and should stay home for 14 days. See the CDC’s After Travel webpage to learn what precautions you should take.

If you have been exposed to or test positive for COVID-19, promptly report to, even if you have not been on campus.