UPDATE: Travel Protocols

Monday, August 24, 2020 :: University Marketing and Communication

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.

Once the form is completed and reviewed, your supervisor receives an email notification. The supervisor is responsible for contacting the employee to let them know if they were cleared/not cleared to return. For students, the notification is received by the Dean of Students, who reaches out to the student.

If you choose to travel internationally, you will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of return to US and to test negative for SARS-CoV-2 RNA via nasopharyngeal swab to be cleared to return to campus. Upon return, please complete the Preliminary COVID-19 Screening Form, which is managed by the UTRGV COVID-19 Response Team for case management, testing, and scheduling. Employees will need to utilize Vacation Leave during this isolation period if not approved to work remotely.

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 does not require 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.

Source: Message was sent via email from University Marketing and Communication on August 24, 2020.