COVID-19 Travel Information
It is System Risk Management’s position that all travel should be restricted at this time unless deemed mission critical to the institution. If travel is approved by member executive leadership, the following guidelines should implemented:
Arrivals to the United States from a Foreign Country
On January 12, 2021, CDC issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This Order will go into effect on January 26, 2021.
Travel within the State of Texas
All System employees traveling within the State of Texas should review the current community-transmission of COVID-19 in the locations that they will be traveling through and/or to. The CDC now states “People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States.” Employees engaged in business-related and personal travel who suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19 while away from the university or agency are required to notify their supervisor and place themselves in self-quarantine for a period of time in accordance with current CDC guidance.
Travel Outside of Texas but Within the United States
All travel by System Employees outside of Texas but within the United States should only be conducted if it is considered essential to the mission of the Institution. Approval should be handled on a case-by-case basis and through an appropriate approval process. Employees are encouraged to review the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker prior to their travel. Employees engaged in business-related and personal travel who suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19 while away from the university or agency are required to notify their supervisor and place themselves in self-quarantine for a period of time in accordance with current CDC guidance.
Consistent with the CDC’s guidance on international travel and due to the widespread, ongoing transmission of COVID-19 worldwide, all System Employees traveling internationally should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after returning home. We ask all employees to follow CDC quarantine guidance following all international travel.
System Risk Management is currently not approving any international travel. If international travel is considered mission critical to the System Member, it will need to be approved by executive leadership and handled on a case-by-case basis.