International travel information

University-supported international travel – Faculty

In accordance with federal, state and NSHE COVID policies, fully vaccinated University employees (i.e. faculty, staff and graduate students) will be allowed to request travel to destinations that the U.S. State Department and/or U.S. Center for Disease Control designated as risk level 3 or lower. However, to be consistent with the International Travel Committee process described in UAM 1,404, a request to travel to risk level 3 or 4 destinations, must be reviewed by the International Travel Authorization Committee. While travel may be allowed to destinations that have been designated risk level 3 based primarily on COVID-19 related considerations, travel to risk level 4 destinations will remain restricted unless the travel is determined to be essential with priority being given to research or other activities that are related to public safety, health, or time-sensitive research that cannot be postponed.  Furthermore, due to the unpredictability of COVID-19, we highly recommend travelers purchase supplemental travel insurance to offset travel delays and cancellation costs associated with any travel interruption, including COVID-19 related reasons.  Please visit the University International Travel Policy website or contact Mark Young in Risk Management ( for more information.

University-supported international travel – Student

The University has been authorized by the NSHE Chancellor’s Office to permit students to study abroad. The international travel authorization process can be reviewed in Section 1,404 of the University Administrative Manual. Additionally, the University will permit students to travel under the following conditions:

  1. Student travel is permitted to countries that have been designated Risk Level 3 or lower by the U.S. State Department and Center for Disease Control at the time of departure. All international travel requests must be reviewed by the International Travel Authorization Committee and approved by the Provost. 
  2. Students will be required to return to the US, at their own expense, should the rating of the country in which they are studying rise above a Risk Level 3. 
  3. Students are required to provide proof of their vaccination record for COVID-19 to study abroad and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to departure.
  4. The University also highly recommends that study abroad students purchase their own travel insurance through a group policy at CISI sponsored by the University.  Coverages include health, medically necessary evacuation, and trip interruption expenses and do not exclude COVID-19 related losses.  Contact Mark Young at for more information.

Please be aware that the COVID 19 infection rates are still very high in many regions of the world. Please confer with your study abroad provider/organizer regarding whether or not a specific international destination meets University international travel authorization criteria.

Current travel restrictions and advisories

Updated: July 6, 2021

The Washoe County Health District is advising that anyone who has traveled out of state or by airline should self-monitor symptoms for a period of 14 days following their return in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Washoe County.

Individuals who develop symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider or the Health District at (775) 328-2427. Students should contact the University Student Health Center at (775) 784-6598 and must call ahead to make an appointment.

Practice caution to protect others upon your return

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others for up to 14 days after exposure.

Regardless of where you have traveled or what you did during your trip, you are advised to take these actions to protect yourself and others from getting sick:

Personal domestic travel considerations

CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people.


The University's Risk Management Office monitors foreign travel restrictions and advisories closely and may provide you with the latest guidelines. Please email us if you have questions or concerns related to international travel.

Email BCN Risk Management Office or Email Mark Young, Risk Management Specialist

International travel procedures

Employee and volunteer travel

Faculty, classified and contingent workers traveling on work related business.

Graduate teaching / research assistant travel

GAs that are traveling related to their work duties and are in a current paid status

Individual student travel

Undergraduate, graduate, medical or PhD students that are traveling without a University employee leading the trip.

Group student travel

Undergraduate, graduate, medical or PhD students that are traveling as a group with one or more University employees' leading the trip.

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