University Sponsored Travel

The University has revised its COVID-19 travel restriction, effective October 4. Approval of the Pandemic Travel Review Committee (PTRC), a committee the Provost, is only required for any University-supported foreign travel by unvaccinated travelers.

Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to seek review and approval by the PTRC, regardless of destination.

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.

The most recent University COVID-19 Travel Policy Update can be found here.

Graduate students, faculty, OAAs, postdoctoral researchers, and staff members may request approval of University-supported travel. Approval may be granted based on an evaluation of the factors identified in the policy. Requests should be submitted to the department chair or unit supervisor and are subject to approval by the Dean or Officer or their designee, and for certain international travel only, by PTRC. Graduate students, faculty, OAAs, postdoctoral researchers, and staff members should complete and submit the Request for Travel Exception During Pandemic form, which includes a travel risk acknowledgment, and contact their unit’s designated Travel Reviewer for more information. Each person requesting approval of travel must submit their own completed, signed form.

Returning From Travel

Members of the University community who travel out of state should abide by the City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order to identify states with varying levels of COVID-19 risk and associated requirements for quarantine, testing, masking, and social distance that may apply based on where individuals travel to/from and on vaccination status. Please consult the full travel order for more details.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidance for travelers who have been fully vaccinated. According to the CDC guidance for domestic travel, individuals who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel within the United States and do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it and do not need to self-quarantine. This is consistent with the City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order. The CDC has also issued guidance for international travel. Note that travel requirements to enter the United States changed on November 8, 2021. Requirements now vary based on citizenship and vaccination status.

Travelers should continue to take precautions following international travel even if fully vaccinated; note that recommendations concerning those precautions (testing, quarantine, etc.) have been in flux. Please refer to the CDC for appropriate guidance at the time of your travel. Even vaccinated individuals can occasionally catch COVID-19, and international travel increases the risk of importing new variants, so please take extra care regardless of vaccination status and be sure to get tested if you develop any symptoms of COVID. Unvaccinated individuals should avoid nonessential international travel and must follow testing and quarantine rules based on your itinerary.