Office of Global Affairs

Travel Planning during COVID-19


The global landscape continues to evolve in light of COVID-19 uncertainty, which makes travel planning a complicated space.

The purpose of the Travel Risk Matrix below is to guide your thinking around several important factors to consider and evaluate when planning to travel internationally during COVID-19. UW Global Travel Security recommends considering these factors, among others such as personal health status, vaccination status, global travel and immigration restrictions, insurance considerations, etc., when planning or proposing to travel internationally during COVID-19.

Important considerations when evaluating the Travel Risk Matrix:

  • This matrix is not exhaustive of all factors and risks associated with travel during COVID-19
  • Implications of personal vaccination status for travel are still evolving
  • As the COVID-19 situation evolves globally, evaluation factors will remain a moving target. It is possible that some issues and questions related to future travel have not yet surfaced

Travel Risk Matrix

Metric Low Moderate High Very High
CDC COVID-19 Travel Health Notice 1 2 3 4
CDC General Travel Health Notice 1 2 3
Department of State Travel Advisory 1 2 3 4
% Local Population Fully Vaccinated 90% 90-71% 70-51% <50%
Cases per 100k people (7 day average) Less than 1 1-9 10-24 25+
Healthcare system capacity (medical risk) 1 Low Variable Medium High
Global Health Security >70 69-55 55-34 0-33
Arrival Quarantine 2 No No 3 Yes
Arrival Testing Requirements 2 No Yes
Country is issuing tourist/student visas 2 Yes No

[1] Medical Risk Definition

[2] Refer to your destination’s U.S. Embassy COVID-19 page for current arrival quarantine, testing and entry requirements

[3] With negative COVID-19 test