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Date: 11/03/2021

Student international travel for university related purposes remains restricted. However, thanks to improved health and safety conditions in several countries, greatly expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines, and careful student planning, the University is allowing a number of students to travel abroad for university related purposes during the fall 2021 semester. All student international travel, including travel by graduate students and GME residents and fellows, is subject to the University Policy on Student International Travel and will continue to require a favorable review of local health, safety, and security conditions and individual student plans through 2021. See the ISO’s COVID Considerations Page for more information.

Faculty and staff are no longer restricted from international travel for university related purposes. Travel is subject to the University Policy on Faculty and Staff International Travel and requires registration.

Processing times for U.S. passports are significantly delayed: 8-11 weeks for routine processing and 5-7 weeks for expedited service.

 

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 projectsabroad@virginia.edu.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has issued a University Travel Restriction. Student international travel for University-related purposes is restricted. Graduate students and GME residents and fellows may request an exemption to the restriction of student international travel; email hoosabroad@virginia.edu for further details. With improved health and safety conditions in several countries, greatly expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines, and careful student planning, the University is allowing a number of students travel abroad for university related purposes during the fall 2021 semester though all travel will require a favorable review of local health, safety, and security conditions and individual student plans. See ISO's COVID Considerations page for the latest education abroad updates for Fall '21 and Academic Year '21-'22.

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 no later than 7 days before departure.

If you are returning from a country with COVID-19 transmission, consult this CDC page and information for travelers from VDH.

University Travel Restrictions

Students and GME trainees are required to submit a petition for an exemption to the University Policy on Student International Travel if they plan to travel to or through destinations named in a University Travel Restriction. Restrictions are reviewed biannually or sooner if there is a material change in health, safety, or security conditions.

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 (ihssm@virginia.edu) 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

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html

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".