Travel

 Updated: June 12, 2020

International Travel

UTRGV continues to restrict business travel internationally.

Individuals conducting personal travel outside the United States are required to report their travel to the University. Please complete the Self-Reporting Travel Form to let us know about your recent travel or your upcoming travel plans.

Members of the UTRGV community who reside or must make frequent trips to Mexico border cities abutting the Rio Grande Valley Counties are not required to complete the travel form.  Any travel beyond the border cities requires the completion of the travel form.

International travel is highly discouraged at this time.


Domestic Travel

UTRGV continues to restrict business travel outside the state of Texas. If travel is already booked, it may remain booked until seven (7) days prior to the expected date.

Personal travel outside Texas no longer requires the completion of the travel form.


Travel Protocol

With the domestic and global spread of COVID-19, UTRGV continues to strongly discourage all personal domestic and international travel. Travel increases your chances of contracting and spreading COVID-19.

Before you travel, learn if coronavirus is spreading in your local area or in any of the places you are going. Traveling to visit family may be especially dangerous if you or your loved ones are more likely to get very ill from COVID-19. People at higher risk for severe illness need to take extra precautions.


For any questions regarding University related travel please contact Travel Services Office at travel@utrgv.edu, (956) 665-2161, 665-2612, 882-3822.

Our main concern continues to be the health, safety, and security of our UTRGV community. We appreciate your patience and cooperation while we work through this unprecedented situation.

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Updated: March 30, 2020

Governor Abbott has issued additional Executive Orders regarding travel to protect public safety and further combat the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Texas.

  • Effective noon, March 30, road travelers arriving in Texas from any location in Louisiana will be mandated to quarantine for 14 days. This mandated quarantine will not apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure functions.
  • The Governor also issued a proclamation regarding his prior Executive Order mandating a self-quarantine for air travelers arriving from the New York Tri-State Area and New Orleans, Louisiana. The Executive Order now includes air travelers arriving from the following states and cities:

    • California
    • Louisiana
    • Washington
    • Atlanta, Georgia
    • Chicago, Illinois
    • Detroit, Michigan
    • Miami, Florida

How does this affect me?

Travel Protocol

UTRGV strongly discourages all personal domestic (outside the four-county region) and international travel. All University employees and students returning from travel from outside the UTRGV four-county region are required to report their travel to the University.

Please complete this Self-Reporting Travel form to let us know about your recent travel or your upcoming travel plans. After the completion of the form, your supervisor will contact you informing you if you are approved to return to work.

International Travel

UTRGV continues to restrict all international business travel.

Domestic Travel

All state agencies are required to cancel all non-essential business travel. If travel is already booked, it may remain booked until seven (7) days prior to the expected date. 

Domestic business travel out of the UTRGV four-county region (Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy, and Cameron) has been suspended.

Travel to and from Mexico

We understand that a portion of our workforce commutes from Mexico daily to perform job duties for UTRGV.  Previously, we provided guidance to individuals that they would be required to complete a Self-Reporting Travel form for review by our UT Health Infectious Diseases Committee for evaluation if they had recently traveled outside our four-county region.  

Effectively immediately, and until further notice, if your position with UTRGV continues to require you to complete your job duties onsite, you will not be required to complete a travel document each time you commute from Mexico. Please know that you should carry your UTRGV ID daily as evidence of your essential status with the university. If you have lost or damaged your UTRGV ID, please contact the Office of Human Resources for guidance.

If you are traveling to an area in Mexico aside from the Mexico border cities abutting the Rio Grande Valley counties you should complete the Self-Reporting Travel form


Thank you for your patience during this extremely fluid situation. Our main concern continues to be the health, safety, and security of our UTRGV community.

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Updated: March 27, 2020

Based on the Executive Order issued by the Governor in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, UTRGV would like to share updates related to the university’s travel policy with our campus community.


Executive Order

Effective noon, March 28, visitors flying to Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New Orleans, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days or for the duration of their stay in Texas, whichever is shorter. More information on the order can be found here.


How does this affect me?

Travel Protocol

UTRGV strongly discourages all personal domestic and international travel. All University employees and students returning from travel from outside the UTRGV four-county region are required to report their travel to the University. Please complete this Self Reporting Travel form to let us know about your recent travel or your upcoming travel plans. After the completion of the form, your supervisor will contact you informing you if you are approved to return to work.

International Travel

UTRGV continues to restrict all international business travel.

Domestic Travel

All state agencies are required to cancel all non-essential business travel. If travel is already booked, it may remain booked until seven (7) days prior to the expected date.

Domestic business travel outside of the UTRGV four-county region (Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy, and Cameron) has been suspended.

Travel to and from Mexico

We understand that a portion of our workforce commutes from Mexico daily to perform job duties for UTRGV.  Previously, we provided guidance to individuals that they would be required to complete a Self Reporting Travel form for review by our UT Health Infectious Diseases Committee for evaluation if they had recently traveled outside our four-county region. 

Effectively immediately, and until further notice, if your position with UTRGV continues to require you to complete your job duties onsite, you will not be required to complete a travel document each time you commute from Mexico. Please know that you should carry your UTRGV ID daily as evidence of your essential status with the university. If you have lost or damaged your UTRGV ID, please contact the Office of Human Resources for guidance.

If you are traveling to an area in Mexico aside from the Mexico border cities abutting the Rio Grande Valley counties you should complete the Self Reporting Travel form.


Thank you for your patience during this extremely fluid situation. Our main concern continues to be the health, safety, and security of our UTRGV community.


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March 18, 2020

International Travel

All state agencies are required to cancel all international travel. If travel is already booked, it may remain booked until seven (7) days prior to the expected date. 


Domestic Travel

All state agencies are required to cancel all non-essential travel. If travel is already booked, it may remain booked until seven (7) days prior to the expected date. 

One state has been added to the domestic travel ban: 

  • Pennsylvania

Domestic travel to the following states continues to be suspended:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts 
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Washington

All Essential Travel

  • All Travel must be booked through the University’s Travel System iTravel/Concur.
  • The Supervisor’s “passive approval” option is no longer available in the booking tool. Before making any iTravel/Concur reservations, users must obtain supervisor’s approval for the trip.
  • Upon return from essential domestic travel, all students, faculty, and staff must complete a brief form to document their travel history and to assess whether additional screening or evaluation may be necessary. This form is also housed on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) webpage.

We continue to monitor the current coronavirus situation and will send notification of any adjustments as they arise. Updates can also be found on the aforementioned webpage.

For any questions regarding University related travel please contact Travel Services Office at travel@utrgv.edu, 956-665-2161, 956-665-2612, 956-882-3822.

Our main concern continues to be the health, safety, and security of our UTRGV community. We appreciate your patience and cooperation while we work through this unprecedented situation.


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March 16, 2020


International Travel

All state agencies are required to cancel all international travel. If travel is already booked, it may remain booked until seven (7) days prior to the expected date. 


Domestic Travel

All state agencies are required to cancel all non-essential travel. If travel is already booked, it may remain booked until seven (7) days prior to the expected date. 

Five states have been added to the domestic travel ban: 

  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • Louisiana
  • Georgia

Domestic travel to the following states continues to be suspended:

  • California
  • New York
  • Washington
  • Massachusetts 

All Essential Travel

  • All Travel must be booked through the University’s Travel System iTravel/Concur.
  • Upon return from essential domestic travel, all students, faculty, and staff must complete a brief form to document their travel history and to assess whether additional screening or evaluation may be necessary. This form is also housed on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) webpage.

We continue to monitor the current COVID–19 and will send notification of any adjustments as they arise. 

For any questions regarding University related travel please contact Travel Services Office at travel@utrgv.edu 956-665-2161, 956-665-2612, 956-882-3822

Our main concern continues to be the health, safety, and security of our UTRGV community. 


Posted on March 12, 2020

  • Guidelines for students, faculty and staff who have traveled internationally or domestically are forthcoming.
  • All study abroad programs have been canceled. For further information, please contact the Office of Global Engagement.
  • University-related travel to CDC Level 2 and 3 countries is suspended.
  • University-related travel to California, New York, Washington, and Massachusetts is suspended.
  • University-related travel restrictions are being evaluated daily and the campus community will be notified as changes/updates arise.
  • For any questions or concerns regarding travel please contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness.