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Travel Guidelines

Travel Restrictions

Updated Dec. 3, 2020
The prohibition on university-sanctioned domestic travel for business or study is extended through May 31, 2021. Decisions about the policy after May 31, 2021 will be announced on or before March 15, 2021.

For international travel, the prohibition on university-sanctioned travel for business or study has been extended through July 31, 2021. Decisions about the policy after July 31, 2021 will be announced on or before April 15, 2021.

Exceptions for domestic travel will be processed by vice presidents.

Return from International Travel

Faculty, staff and students returning from international travel, university-sanctioned or personal, are required to complete one of the following upon return to the United States:

  • Self-quarantine for 10 days OR
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, stay home and follow the COVID-19 Diagnosis protocols.

Regardless of whether you get tested or not, you should avoid being around high-risk individuals for 14 days upon returning from international travel.

These requirements for self-quarantine includes international students who are traveling to the U.S. for spring classes. Upon arriving in the U.S., please submit the Reporting Potential Exposure form. (Note that no forms are required to be completed in advance of your travel.)

Before returning to campus following international travel, you must complete the form Request to Return to Campus and receive written approval.

Learning Abroad

The University of Houston has cancelled all spring and summer 2021 Learning Abroad programs. This includes all faculty-led programs as well as affiliated, exchange, student service organization programs, sponsored scholarship, fellowship or research opportunities abroad, and any other programs that would be considered international travel for curricular or co-curricular purposes.

Students may continue to plan fall 2021 programs abroad with the help of their Learning Abroad Advisor. However, students should understand that future Learning Abroad opportunities are subject to change based on conditions both in the U.S. and abroad.



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