Travel Guidelines

Staying Safe

For more information about how to travel safely, consult with the CDC guidance on holiday travel.

CDC Guidelines
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UTSW-Related Domestic Travel Is Permitted

On July 5, domestic UT Southwestern-related travel is allowed via the traditional approval process.

UTSW-Related International Travel

UT Southwestern-related travel to foreign countries is subject to approval by the Travel Oversight Committee for the remainder of the calendar year.

Travel to some locations with high infection rates may still require returning employees to report travel and activities to Occupational Health. Quarantine may be required based on Occupational Health review.

Personal Travel

Personal travel will not be reviewed by the Travel Oversight Committee; however, you are encouraged to take the same precautions and safety measures during travel as you are asked to follow locally in DFW. Exposure to COVID positive individuals during travel for personal reasons may affect your ability to return to campus and to your regular professional or educational activities.

Instances that May Require Quarantine Upon Return to DFW

(Last updated May 27, 2021)

All Overnight cruises (domestic or international)

International Locations

  • All of South America
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Bangladesh
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Kuwait
  • UAE
  • Bahrain
  • Iran
  • Georgia
  • Sweden
  • Slovenia
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Denmark
  • Belarus
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Estonia

Report All Travel

All domestic or international travel must be reported using Occupational Health’s screening form. Occupational Health will then determine whether you may return to work or need to quarantine following your travel.

Return from International and Domestic Travel

Travel to international or domestic hotspots hotspot may require a 7 or 10-day quarantine depending on specific high-risk activities, such as using public transportation (taxi, Uber, subway), visiting a health care facility, or being in a large gathering. Additionally, employees must comply with any federal or state restrictions related to testing or quarantine requirements following travel to specific locations.

  • If you take a COVID-19 test on day 7 and it is negative, then you can self-monitor for the remaining 7 days.
  • If you choose not to test, please quarantines for 10 days and self-monitor for the remaining 4.

If You Have Immune Protection

For those who have immune protection from either a prior COVID-19 infection or full COVID-19 vaccination, international and domestic travel will no longer require quarantine if you remain asymptomatic while being offered COVID-19 testing. However, this travel still must be reported to Occupational Health to determine if you qualify.

This list of “hotspot” domestic and international travel locations is determined by a group of UTSW ID, occupational health, and infection prevention and control experts based on available public data related to COVID-19 case numbers and trends from multiple publicly available sources. This list will be updated approximately every 2 weeks.

Returning to Campus Following Travel

All domestic and international travel to a COVID-19 hotspot and overnight cruises must be reported prior to returning to campus to one of the following:

The list of domestic and international COVID-19 hotspots is based on UTSW Infectious Diseases and Infection Control experts’ review of publicly reported data on COVID-19 cases, trends, and testing from various sources. This list of hotspots will be updated approximately every 2 weeks.