Updated September 28, 2021

The university is now allowing pre-approved domestic and international travel for essential university business for faculty, staff and students.

The university requires 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.

The following applies to domestic and international travel. Additional guidance about testing and quarantine is included below for each type of travel.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after travel.
  • Students and faculty should also review the Requests for Student Travel for Academic and Co-Curricular Experiences policy.

Domestic Travel

Those who believe they have an essential business reason to travel may request approval from their supervisor. The request should identify the dates, location and rationale, describing why it is essential university business. Two levels of authorization (including Dean or Vice Chancellor) will be required prior to travel. Criteria for approval include:

  • Can the activity be accomplished virtually?
  • Is the travel necessary to fulfill the university’s fundamental mission?
  • Can the travel be postponed?
  • Approval for domestic in-state travel will continue to require one level of supervisory approval. Blanket travel authorizations will be allowed only for in-state travel.

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 CDC guidance, which includes:

  • only initiating a travel request if fully vaccinated
  • following country-specific CDC guidance
  • apprising themselves of any local health guidance in the travel location
  • getting tested no more than 3 days in advance of return travel to the U.S.
  • getting tested again 3-5 days after return to the U.S.
  • 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.