COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

Last updated: 8/27/2020, 12:00p.m.


Travel increases the risks of coronavirus exposure for your family, friends, community, and you. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued level-3 warnings to avoid nonessential travel to most countries around the world and continues to discourage domestic travel. The state has also issued travel precautionary guidelines.

Acknowledging the risks and recommendations and to preserve the health of our UVU community, the following travel restrictions are extended through the end of the calendar year, effective immediately

All nonessential university-related travel, whether in state, out of state, or international, through December 31, 2020, must be cancelled. All UVU-sponsored international travel programs (including for-credit Study Abroad or non-credit international travel) must also be cancelled through December 31, 2020. 

As an exception to the above travel restriction, travel considered business essential for the university must be approved by the divisional vice president prior to making travel arrangements. Requests for exemptions for international travel must come to the Office for Global Engagement for review and must be approved by the Provost. Additionally, until further notice, all future airfare must be purchased through Concur or the State Travel Office. 

We continue to encourage you, when considering your personal travel choices, to follow travel advisories issued by the CDC and local and state authorities. 

Please follow these guidelines: 

  • Travel within the state is discouraged. Use internet video conferencing (Microsoft Teams is preferred) as much as possible to facilitate these meetings.
  • Deans and vice presidents will review plans for bringing visiting scholars, speakers, and consultants to campus, and postpone anything not essential to the core mission of teaching and learning.
  • For job interviews, supervisors should discuss options for avoiding travel for the benefit of all parties. 

Recent travelers to CDC level-3 countries:  The CDC recommends that those entering the U.S. stay away from gatherings, wear a mask when in public, and practice protective precautions such as washing hands frequently, not touching your face, and maintaining a space of at least six feet from other people.

Domestic travelers who have had close contact with anyone on the trip who has tested positive for COVID-19 should disclose the exposure, practice social distancing, and contact your medical provider if you become symptomatic. 

Additional Travel Guidelines

Following December 31, 2020, all travel is still required to be mission-critical AND approved by an executive. Please read the Temporary Travel Request Guidelines for additional details and answers to your questions regarding these new guidelines. Please contact the UVU Travel Office at or ext. 8965 with any questions.