Travel increases an individual’s chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated.

Domestic Travel

Those who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the United States. USU is not currently restricting domestic travel. Please review the CDC's recommendations to ensure you travel as safely as possible. Check the CDC's travel planner before for local, state and national restrictions before you travel.

International Travel

Do not travel internationally until you are vaccinated. Be sure to review the CDC's international travel restrictions and information and check for country-specific travel information fro the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs.

If You Are Sick

Do NOT travel if you are sick, have been exposed to COVID-19, are isolating due to a positive COVID-19 test, or are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.

USU Policies on Travel

Each individual travelling on USU business must fill out a USU travel authorization before they leave. These guidelines supplement but do not replace or supersede USU Policy 515: Travel and USU Policy 536: International Travel. Deans and vice presidents may adopt more stringent requirements and/or distribute additional guidelines for travelers in their units.

Evaluate Travel Risks

Risk of Activities

Travelers and their supervisors should also consider the risks that may be associated with activities in which a traveler may participate at the distant location. One or more of the following factors add additional risk to travel. The traveler and supervisor should consider whether the traveler:

  • Will attend any large gatherings of 50 people or more.
  • Is traveling to an area of high COVID-19 transmission.
  • Will engage in any activities where they are unable to social distance (excluding air or vehicle travel).
  • Is a person with a high risk of severe complications from COVID-19.
  • Will be interacting with persons with a high risk of severe complications from COVID-19.
  • Will interact with or attend events with persons from various locations.

Create a Contingency Plan

Prior to submitting a travel authorization, the traveler must develop a contingency plan for interruptions to travel, the potential of being stranded in a distant location, and the potential for becoming ill while traveling.

It is also the responsibility of the traveler to plan contingencies for unexpected absences and to communicate with those affected by such absences prior to, and upon return from, traveling.

Consistent with CDC guidance, USU does not require those travelling from international destinations to quarantine upon arrival. 

Submit a COVID-19 Questionnaire

Fill out the questionnaire if you: are ill and need a COVID-19 test, are waiting on test results, have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to someone who tested positive, or if you have been asked to quarantine by health officials.