COVID-19 Update: Travel

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Monday, March 30, 2020 :: University Marketing & Communication

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

  • Effective noon, March 30 (Monday), 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

For more on Sunday’s update by Governor Abbott, click here.

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.

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

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, email

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