International travel information

University-supported international travel by University of Nevada, Reno employees and students is suspended

Due to the current unpredictability of the COVID-19 outbreak globally, the University is continuing to suspend all University-supported international travel and non-essential domestic travel by University students.

University-supported international travel by University of Nevada, Reno employees is restricted

NSHE (Nevada System of Higher Education) administration has released an updated international travel policy to allow vital research and international opportunities to resume on a limited basis for University employees. Request by faculty to engage international travel will be required to undergo review and obtain approval by the University International Travel Committee, University President, NSHE administration, and gubernatorial levels. The following criteria should be evaluated in a comprehensive manner when reviewing a request for international travel with no single factor being dispositive

  1. Whether the faculty member has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19;
  2. Whether the country is designated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to be a low- or high-risk destination;
  3. Whether the faculty member has obtained additional insurance to cover any COVID-19 related expenses due to illness, quarantine, or disruption in travel plans.  COVID-19 Pandemic-related losses are not covered with the Universities international travel policy.  The traveler or department must purchase their own international travel policy which includes coverages for COVID-19 Pandemic losses;
  4. Whether the travel is sponsored by or occurring in partnership with a state or federal government agency; and
  5. The purpose of the travel, with priority being given to research or other activities that are related to public safety, health, or time-sensitive research that cannot be postponed.

Employees requesting international travel should follow the international travel submission procedures and complete the additional online COVID-19 International Travel Questionnaire. This process may take several weeks beyond our normal 30-day processing requirements.  ubmissions should be submitted well in advance of any travel plans.


Questions and answers about current travel restrictions

Updated: May 1, 2021

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout our nation, 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.

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 traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting sick.

  • What are the University's latest international travel restrictions? (Updated May 1, 2021)

    The Provost Office is continuing to suspend all student University-supported international travel by the University of Nevada, Reno.  International Employee travel will be restricted and require, University, NSHE, and gubernatorial approvals. The rationale for this decision is based on the following. First, the US Department of State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are continuing to discourage travel to most international locales due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Second, these agencies are also warning that travelers should expect extensive disruptions due to quarantines, border closures and other travel restrictions. And finally, should complications arise related to COVID 19 during a student’s or faculty’s international travels, their medical or travel delay expenses will not be covered by the University’s international travel insurance policy, which does not protect travelers from pandemic-related health and travel issues. Therefore, considering University employees' and students’ health and safety, international travel restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

  • What are the University’s domestic restrictions and advisories? (Updated May 1, 2021)

    Based on CDC recommendations to quell the spread of COVID-19, University of Nevada, Reno sponsored employee and student domestic travel will be restricted to only travel that supports essential functions and operations of the University. The employee’s or student’s supervisor will have the discretion to determine what deems essential travel and will have the subsequent authority to approve domestic travel for that specific purpose. When possible, we encourage faculty and students to utilize technological alternatives to decrease the need for domestic travel. These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

  • Personal international travel considerations (Updated May 1, 2021)

    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.

  • Personal domestic travel considerations (Updated May 1, 2021)

    If University of Nevada, Reno employees or students choose to go on personal international travel, they will not be eligible for the University of Nevada, Reno's traveler’s insurance and the University will not be able to support them should problems occur. Additionally, all international travelers will be required to comply with the CDC's and Washoe County Health Department's protocols before returning to campus, work or classes. International travelers should also be aware that they may be subject to additional screenings and quarantines by the countries through which they are traveling. At this time, the University strongly discourage University of Nevada, Reno students and employees from travel internationally for any reason.

  • What if I have further questions regarding University’s latest international travel advisories? (Updated May 1, 2021)

    The University's Risk Management Office monitors foreign travel restrictions and advisories closely and may provide you with the latest guidelines. For further questions, you may contact Risk Management Office at or Mark Young, Risk Management Specialist at

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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