International travel information

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

Due to the escalating severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, and the U.S. Department of State’s issuance of a Global Travel 3 alert, the University is suspending all University-supported international travel and non-essential domestic travel by University employees and students. Domestic travel essential to University travel essential to University operations must be authorized by the traveler’s supervisor.

 

Questions and answers about current travel restrictions

  • What are the University‚Äôs latest travel restrictions and advisories?

    (UPDATE AS OF 3-23-2020)

    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-isolate and monitor symptoms for a period of 14 days following their return in order to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Washoe County. Follow 14-day self-quarantine protocols. Individuals who develop symptoms 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. Students must call ahead, and are advised NOT to arrive without having called and spoken with the Center’s staff prior.

    International travel suspension. Due to the escalating severity of the COVID 19 outbreak, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State's issuance of a Global Level 4 – Do Not Travel alert, the Provost suspended all University-supported international travel by University of Nevada, Reno employees and students. Authorization for University employees and students traveling abroad has been rescinded and University of Nevada, Reno personnel have been directed to return to the U.S. as soon as possible. All University faculty and students returning from a foreign country will be subjected to a 14-day self-quarantine before being allowed to return to campus. These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

    Domestic travel restrictions. 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. See the note above: 14-day quarantine now recommended for air travelers arriving from out of state.

    Personal international travel considerations. 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 14-day self-quarantine 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.

    Personal domestic travel considerations. The nationwide prevalence of coronavirus has increased the likelihood domestic travelers will come in contact with infected individuals. Be aware that the new Washoe County Health District protocol is that any domestic traveler should self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their return.

    The University has recalled all faculty, staff and students from University-sponsored or University-affiliated international travel. All University students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to weigh all CDC and U.S. Department of State travel advisory and restrictions, along with the totality of the national and global impacts and risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, in regards to traveling at this time.

    Campus contact

    Mark Young, Risk Management Specialist
    marky@unr.edu

  • What is the status of airline travel?

    (UPDATE AS OF 3-23-2020)

    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-isolate and monitor symptoms for a period of 14 days following their return in order to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Washoe County. Follow 14-day self-quarantine protocols. Individuals who develop symptoms 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. Students must call ahead, and are advised NOT to arrive without having called and spoken with the Center’s staff prior.

    The U.S. State Department has numerous travel bans and restrictions in place and has issued its strongest level warning: Level 4 – Do Not Travel. The CDC has also issued its highest level travel warning: Level 3 – Avoid Nonessential Travel. This is an evolving situation with frequent updates. Visit the sites below for the latest information related to your specific travel inquiry.

  • What are the CDC's recommendations for individuals traveling to the United States from countries with widespread (ongoing) transmission of COVID-19?

    The CDC has made the following recommendations for individuals traveling from countries with widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission arriving in the United States. There is a Global Level 4 Travel Alert "Do Not Travel" from the U.S. Department of State and a highest, Level 3 "Avoid Nonessential Travel" warning from the CDC travel health notices.

    • To slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) into the United States, CDC is working with state and local public health partners to implement after-travel health precautions.
    • Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 or 4 Travel Health Notice).

  • What should I do if I am returning from an area with a Level 3 or 4 Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission)?

    In conjunction with the CDC, Washoe County Health District has requested that the University follow new guidelines from both organizations that stipulate that all individuals returning from or through a Level 3 or 4 Travel Health Notice country, must be self-quarantined for 14 days after their return.

    Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 or 4 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.

    Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

    1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or breathing difficulty.
    2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
    3. Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
    4. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
    5. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

International Travel Program Guidelines

Due to the escalating severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, and the U.S. Department of State’s issuance of a Global Travel 3 alert, the University is suspending all University-supported international travel and non-essential domestic travel by University employees and students. Domestic travel essential to University travel essential to University operations must be authorized by the traveler’s supervisor.

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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