Travel Restrictions

Current COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

USU officials are monitoring the spread of COVID-19 carefully and are consulting with local and state agencies.

The situation continues to change rapidly for travelers abroad as well as domestically. Keep in mind that any travel may be disrupted in the coming months. Other countries and regions may be added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Level 2 Travel Warning, and travelers who have been in those areas may be asked to self-isolate upon returning to campus.

In additon, more governments are imposing travel restrictions, such as closing borders. As more restrictions are imposed, there is some risk of travelers being forced to remain in a country. Travelers are urged to consider their travel choices carefully to evaluate whether it is necessary to travel at this time.

There is no current restriction on travel to domestic locations, but that may change as the situation develops.

CDC Warning Notice Countries USU Guidance - COVID-19 Travel Risk Update
Warning - Level 3
  • China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan)
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • South Korea
  • All nonessential travel should be cancelled or deferred.
Warning - Level 2
  • Japan
  • Travel may continue but travelers may with to reconsider plans.
  • Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nenessential travel.
  • Upon return, please self-observe for symptoms.
  • Register your travel and download the ISOS and/or Alert Traveler apps.
Warning - Level 1  
  • No travel restrictions, but travelers should take precautions to avoid illness.
  • Register your travel and download the ISOS and/or Alert Traveler apps.

General Travel Restrictions

USU uses data from various sources to develop a risk level for international travel destinations. These risk levels are typically for an entire country but in some places the risk levels may be different for certian regions or cities within a country.

Generally speaking, travel is unrestricted for students, staff, and faculty to countries rated as low or medium risk by International SOS or having a risk level of 1 or 2 as assigned by the US Department of State.

University related travel programs that involve students are not allowed to countries that are rated as high risk by International SOS or having a risk level of 3 as assigned by the US Department of State. Faculty and staff may request travel to those areas but will be required to prepare a health and safety plan and a risk management plan for that travel.

Travel is not allowed to countries with a high or extreme risk rating by International SOS and a 4 risk level as assigned by the US Department of State without a specific recommendation from USU's International Travel Oversight Committee. Students are never allowed to travel to these restricted countries on university related travel.

These restricted countries and/or regions change from time to time and you should check with Risk Management if you have any questions. Presently the restricted countries/regions include, Central African Republic, Chechnya, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Algeria, Chad, Guinea, India (Jammu and Kashmir only), Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Mali, Pakistan, Sudan, Thailand (Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla, and Yala Provinces only).

If you need to visit an excluded country, please consult with the Risk Management about your options.

Restricted countries updated - Oct 30, 2019

Questions? Please contact Risk Management at 435-797-1951.

Risk Levels

Low – Countries and areas that are generally secure and maintain adequate security, emergency services, and sound infrastructure as well as international standard medical care.
Medium - Countries and areas that experience periodic political unrest, violent protests or insurgencies and/or have limited access to international standard medical care.
High - Countries and areas that experience regular periods of political instability, government corruption, and failed or failing institutions and where access to international standard medical care is limited or unavailable.
Restricted - Countries where the University has no insurance coverage and/or areas that the University has deemed unsuitable for university related travel.