COVID-19 Update: Travel

Thursday, March 26, 2020 :: University Marketing & Communication

Based on the Executive Order issued today 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 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.

Please regularly check your email for the latest updates or visit our resource webpage.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, email coronavirus@utrgv.edu.

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