U.S. Passport Processing Times are published here by the U.S. Department of State. Note that processing can be subject to delays. If you plan to travel this summer, use expedited processing with expedited return shipping and initiate your application immediately whether for a new passport or a renewal.
All university travelers are advised to be up to date on all COVID-19 booster shots before departure. See CDC booster guidance and be aware that some countries require a booster for entry. Travelers should also be aware that access to certain venues in some countries may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Travelers are advised to confirm entry requirements for their destination before their departure date and follow the CDC recommendations for international travel as it relates to COVID-19.
Travel Alerts, Notices & Warnings
The University Policy on Student International Travel regulates all student and Graduate Medical Education (GME) trainee travel abroad for University-related purposes. As part of the policy, the University may limit how, when, and where University students and GME trainees may travel abroad for university related purposes, taking into consideration issues of terrorism, war, disease, and other risks along with sanctions. This webpage provides information on current University Travel Restrictions, CDC Travel Notices, U.S. Dept. of Treasury Sanctioned Countries, and U.S. Dept. of State Travel Advisories. Please read the information carefully to determine whether your destination is restricted, and if you have any questions, contact ISO at [email protected].
Faculty and staff international travel is subject to the University Policy on Faculty and Staff International Travel, which requires travelers to register all such travel in the University’s Faculty & Staff International Travel Registry at the time travel is booked.
Student international travel for university related purposes is no longer restricted due to COVID-19 though travel plans are subject to review. Student and GME resident and fellow travel to destinations with a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory of Level 3 or Level 4 or CDC Level 3 will require approval of a petition for an exemption to the University Policy on Student International Travel. See ISO's COVID Considerations page for additional education abroad updates for Academic Year '22-'23.
University Travel Restictions
US Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Travel Notices
The CDC issues three levels of Travel Health Notifications - Watch Level 1, Alert Level 2, and Warning Level 3. All levels are listed here, but the University only limits travel to destinations with a Warning Level 3. Student and GME trainee travelers are required to submit a petition for an exemption to the University Policy on Student International Travel if they plan to travel to a region or country listed as CDC Warning Level 3.
Department of Treasury: Sanctioned Countries
U.S. Department of Treasury Sanction Programs and Country Information
The Office of Foreign Assets Control administers and enforces economic sanctions programs primarily against countries and groups of individuals, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers. The sanctions can be either comprehensive or selective, using the blocking of assets and trade restrictions to accomplish foreign policy and national security goals. Most sanctioned countries have a DOS Travel Advisory of Level 3 or 4. Student travel for university related purposes to a sanctioned country requires a petition for an exemption to the Policy on Student International Trave and consultation with UVA's Office of Export Controls.
Note: Cuba is a sanctioned country, and travel to Cuba remains highly regulated by both the U.S. and Cuban governments. Students or GME trainees planning travel to Cuba for university related purposes that is not part of an approved study abroad program should contact the International Health, Safety, and Security Manager in the International Studies Office ([email protected]) at least 12 weeks prior to the planned departure date. A petition for an exemption to the Policy on Student International Travel is required.
U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories
The U.S. Department of State has revised Consular Safety and Security Messaging. Changes were implemented 1/10/18. The new messaging replaces what were previously known as Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Emergency Messages. The new advisories employ four levels of advice: Level 1 “Exercise Normal Precautions” – color code blue, Level 2 “Exercise Increased Caution” – color code yellow, Level 3 “Reconsider Travel” – color code orange, and Level 4 “Do Not Travel” – color code red. A Travel Advisory has been published for every country. A Travel Advisory may also be issued for a particular region of a country. A region of a country may also be assessed as “High Risk”. For more information on the new travel advisory levels and recommendations, click here.
Travel to Countries with an Advisory of Level 3 or Level 4
UVA students or GME trainees traveling outside the United States for University-related purposes are required to submit a petition for an exemption to the University’s Policy on Student International Travel if they plan to travel to a country for which the U.S. Department of State has published a travel advisory of Level 3 “Reconsider Travel” – color code orange or Level 4 “Do Not Travel” – color code red.
Travel To or Through Regions Assessed as "High Risk" and Regions with an Advisory of "Reconsider Travel" or "Do Not Travel"
In addition, students and GME trainees must submit a petition for an exemption to the Policy on Student International Travel if they intend to travel to or through a region assessed as “High-Risk” or for which there is an advisory of "Reconsider Travel" or "Do Not Travel". Student and GME trainees travelers should note that while the overall advisory for a country may be Level 1 or Level 2, a region or regions within the country may pose a higher level of risk to travelers. On the Travel.State.Gov online map, stripes indicate that travel to a particular region or regions within a country pose a higher level of risk to travelers than does travel to the country in general. In such cases, it is critical to review the text in the country's Travel Advisory for details. In these cases, a petition for an exemption to the Policy on Student International Travel is necessary only if the student traveler will visit or transit through a region which is listed as “High-Risk” or has an advisory of "Reconsider Travel" or "Do Not Travel".