Updated November 10, 2021

The university has returned to pre-pandemic policy related to domestic travel by faculty and staff for university business.

The university continues to require all travelers to comply with travel guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and/or state or local public health departments, whether travel is personal or for university-sponsored business. By submitting a university pre-trip authorization form, travelers agree to comply with all guidance at the time of the request.

All other university travel policies related to COVID-19, including international travel and use of university vehicles, remain in place.

  • Assess the COVID-19 situation at your destination prior to departure to ensure travel to the location can be safely managed. This is particularly important if you are considering international travel as the restrictions are very fluid.
  • Prepare to wear a mask over your nose and mouth, stay six feet from others and avoid crowds, and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer wherever required or advised by state and local recommendations and requirements.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after travel.
  • Students and faculty should also review the Travel Involving Students page.

International Travel

Those who believe they have an essential business reason for international travel may request approval from their supervisor. The request should identify the dates, location and rationale, describing why such travel is essential university business.

All approved travelers will be required to comply with current CDC International Travel Requirements and Recommendations.

If approved by supervisor, the request will be submitted to the International Travel Risk Committee (in care of UNL’s Director of Global Safety and Security, Dave Long, at dlong@unl.edu), which will make a recommendation to the Chancellor’s Office. The committee will consider the essential nature of the travel, the CDC warning/notice for the country of destination, and the ability of the traveler to mitigate risk.

The supervisor will be responsible for determining if the employee or student requested travel is essential business. Because all university travel is contingent upon the traveler agreeing to comply with all guidance, supervisors are not responsible for knowing a traveler’s vaccination status for the approval process and should not ask travelers about such status. Nonessential travel will not be approved.