COVID-19 Updates for Travelers

International Travel Restriction Lifted

Effective June 1, 2021, the University’s restriction on University-purpose international travel has been lifted for all faculty, staff, and students. If your departure from the United States is scheduled for June 1 or later, you no longer need to request an exception; however, please be advised of the following:

International Travel Registry

University policy requires that all international travel be registered in advance with the appropriate travel registry. This applies to all University-purpose travel by faculty, staff, and students. The University does not monitor or track international travel for personal reasons.

ITRAAC Approval for Students

Undergraduate or graduate students, including residents and fellows, traveling independently to any country with a U.S. Department of State Level 3 or 4 travel advisory must receive approval from the International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee (ITRAAC). Education abroad offices organizing student programs will coordinate ITRAAC approval for participating students. Approval should be obtained before booking travel and may take up to 4 weeks. The ITRAAC policy and procedure pre-date the pandemic but now apply to more places in the world due to heightened travel advisories. Student travelers are responsible for checking their destination and applying on an appropriate timeline. Please plan accordingly.

Public Health Guidelines

Individual travelers (faculty, staff, and students) are responsible for researching and abiding by all applicable public health guidelines in place at their destination. This may include airline restrictions, vaccination requirements, testing requirements, quarantine or isolation guidelines, other entry or exit procedures, and/or other local public health guidelines. The University of Minnesota will not be responsible for notifying travelers about such guidelines or providing resources to meet such requirements, and travelers assume all risks associated with international travel. The University will likely have little ability to assist with complications experienced during travel related to public health restrictions.

Questions may be directed to travelrg@umn.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the testing, isolation, and/or quarantine requirements or guidelines for international travel and return to the U.S.?

All University travelers on University-purpose business abroad are expected to be responsible for complying with any testing, isolation, or quarantine rules or guidelines associated with either their international destination and/or their return to the United States.

Many countries, including the U.S., have requirements and guidelines related to testing, isolation, and quarantine for international travelers. These requirements vary by country and change often, so it is advised that international travelers research any current requirements. 

Destination Country Requirements:

U.S. Requirements:

Where can I find information about insurance and COVID-19?

Please review Frequently Asked Questions about CISI Coverage and COVID-19.

Should I register my personal travel with the University's International Travel Registry?

No. The University's International Travel Registry should only be used to record University-purpose international travel. Note: Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories are considered international by University policy.

Should I register my domestic University-purpose travel with the University's International Travel Registry?

No. The University's International Travel Registry should only be used to record University-purpose travel to international destinations. Note: Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories are considered international by University policy.

Are there any restrictions on people who return from abroad?

All returning travelers should consult the Centers for Disease Control's website for updated information for returned travelers.

All University travelers on University-purpose business abroad are expected to be responsible for complying with any testing, isolation, or quarantine rules or guidelines associated with either their international destination and/or their return to the United States. See "testing, isolation, and/or quarantine requirements" above.

Does the University’s CISI insurance plan cover losses if I need to cancel my trip?

CISI is an international security evacuation and medical insurance plan and does not provide coverage for trip cancellation or other financial losses (like airline change fees) in the case of a pandemic. CISI will cover medical expenses when an insured becomes ill or has a medical emergency.

Faculty and staff who opted out of CISI coverage because they are covered by Redpoint as a part of their U Plan should visit the Office of Human Resources Redpoint website.

What are University policies and procedures related to employee travel costs and COVID-19?

Costs associated with canceled employee travel will be covered by the University to the extent they are otherwise allowable and not recoverable through other means. Refer to the U Travel website on Employee Travel Costs and COVID-19.