Office of Global Affairs

International Travel Rules & Restriction Policy

Updates – December 6, 2021

All air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.

For faculty, other academic personnel, staff, and graduate students: new rules are effective now
For undergraduate students: new rules are effective for travel on or after January 1, 2022

Revised rules for official international travel have been issued for all travelers. Some restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic remain in place.

  • All international travel must be registered through UW Global Travel Security (UW GTS). These rules apply to anyone at UW who is on official international travel for research, study abroad, conferences, events or meetings. If UW is involved in travel in any way (funding, salary, credits, support, sponsorship etc.) it is ‘official travel’.
  • UW GTS travel registration may include a travel waiver request. A ‘travel waiver request’ means that travel must be reviewed by UW and will require official approval. Whether a travel waiver is required will depend on the UW status and destination of the traveler. If a waiver is required, it will be included in the registration process.
  • There are different rules for different travelers. UW status and the Department of State (DOS) Travel Advisory for the destination determines which rules apply. For a detailed description of the Travel Advisory terms, please see this resource created by the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).
  • Travel registration requirements may change if a destination’s travel advisory changes. If the travel advisory for a destination is raised before departure, travelers may have to complete additional steps.

Rules for travelers based on destination’s DOS Travel Advisory

The table below outlines the travel registration process for each traveler type and their destination based on Department of State (DOS) Travel Advisory level.

UW Status
DOS Level 1
Exercise Normal Precautions
DOS Level 2
Exercise Increased Caution
DOS Level 3
Reconsider Travel
DOS Level 4
Do Not Travel
Faculty, other academic personnel, and staff

Start here

Travel registration required

No travel waiver needed

Travel registration with waiver required
Graduate or professional students

Start here

Travel registration required

No travel waiver needed

Travel registration with waiver required Travel registration with waiver required

Travel must be essential & endorsed by department

Undergraduate students

Effective January 1, 2022

Study Abroad

Travel permitted

All travel must be approved by UW Study Abroad

Travel registration with waiver required – All travel must be approved by UW Study Abroad