Office of Global Affairs

Travel restriction policy

Updated May 29, 2020

UW COVID-19 campus updates, resources and FAQs
UW Study Abroad COVID-19 FAQs

All official UW travel outside the U.S. restricted

  • All official travel outside the U.S. by University of Washington employees and students is restricted until further notice, effective immediately. 
  • Faculty and staff researchers may apply for an exceptional waiver to the current official travel restrictions if their travel is endorsed as essential by their Dean/s and the UW Office of Research. Follow the steps outlined here to request a waiver.
  • This restriction is informed by the global “Level 4: Do Not Travel” health advisory issued by the U.S. Department of State. 
  • These restrictions do not apply to personal travel. However, we strongly encourage you to avoid travel and review applicable travel warnings
  • Under the current travel restrictions it is permissible for UW funds to be spent on securing tickets and making other preparations for official travel, but ONLY if the actual travel doesn’t take place until the restrictions have been eased, or unless an exceptional travel waiver has been issued.
  • UW-sponsored travel insurance and emergency assistance will not be available for any new travel. These services are of course available to UW travelers currently making their way home from overseas or sheltering in place. 
All Huskies currently abroad – please take these steps!
  • Connect with the embassy of your nationality (Ex. U.S. Embassy – American Citizen Services). If you haven’t done so already, sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive updates directly from the Embassy (you can sign up for STEP even if you are not a U.S. citizen). The U.S. Embassy website may also provide a list of recommended medical providers or hospitals. 
  • Monitor local news and reputable international outlets for updates. 
  • If you are traveling, you should expect very long wait times. Bring your own food and personal hygiene items (toilet paper, wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.) if possible to avoid being left without.
  • Download UW emergency contacts directly to your phone. Click this link while on your mobile device: https://www.keynect.us/user/UWGLOBAL
  • Monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of State.
UW students currently abroad 
  • You are still covered by the UW Student Abroad Insurance for the coverage period purchased.
  • As a reminder, the UW Student Abroad Insurance through CISI does not cover travel cancellations or delays. Only evacuations that are medically necessary are covered by the insurance. Government (U.S. or foreign government) travel restrictions or border closings do not qualify for an insured evacuation.
  • UW Study Abroad students please visit the COVID-19 page for more information and closely monitor your email for updates.
UW employees currently abroad