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Get the latest information about travel and COVID-19 from the CDC and the U.S. State Department.

State Department issue updated travel warnings amid COVID-19 risks

However, on April 19 the U.S. State Department announced that it would expand travel advisories, urging U.S. citizens to stay home as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose "unprecedented risks" around the globe. Read more here.


CDC updates guidance on domestic travel for fully vaccinated individuals

According the update from the CDC, people who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States, but should still follow masking, hygiene, and social distancing recommendations as well as any state or local recommendations. Read more here.


CDC order requires face masks for public transportation

A CDC order requiring people to wear a face mask while using any form of public transportation, including buses, trains, taxis, airplanes, boats, subways or ride-share vehicles while traveling into, within, and out of the U.S. went into effect on Monday, Feb. 1. Read more about the order here.


CDC order imposes new requirement for all air passengers arriving in the US

Effective Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires travelers flying into the United States from international destinations to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight. Students should review the CDC FAQ for International Travel for more details and information on this new requirement.

Students must then quarantine for 7 days post-travel and be tested again 3-5 days after arrival.  Students should contact Student Health Services at 713-500-5171 for testing.


All GSBS students must register all travel outside the state of Texas

With the holidays coming up, please remember that you must register all travel outside the state of Texas (personal or university-related) prior to your trip by utilizing the following travel registry forms:

*Important exception: If you previously have tested positive for COVID-19, you are exempt from registering your personal travel and no additional testing and/or quarantine is required. Please email EHOccHEalth@mdanderson.org if you have questions.

For students conducting research at MD Anderson or who plan to conduct research at MD Anderson, including students who wish to conduct tutorial rotations with MD Anderson faculty, please note that upon their return, MD Anderson employees must either self-quarantine for 14 days OR receive negative results on two (2) COVID-19 tests. Employees may return to the workplace if their first COVID-19 test is negative, but they must have another negative test result within a few days after the initial negative results in order to continue working. And these coronavirus tests must be administered by MD Anderson.

The following offices can provide additional guidance:

First-year GSBS students who do not have an appointment at MD Anderson but who plan to conduct research at an MD Anderson lab and who are planning to travel outside of Texas, should contact Medhanit Zekarias at mzekarias@mdanderson.org. This includes first-year PhD students who are paid under UTHealth and have not conducted research at MD Anderson but want to do their first spring tutorial at MD Anderson.

All International students should also inform the Office of International Affairs of all travel to get information and the latest guidance.  https://www.uth.edu/international-affairs/contact.htm

Here are the travel guidelines that UTHealth and UT System have in place during the pandemic. This includes a Travel Registration Form, which you must submit before traveling anywhere outside the region where you live and work. For more information, read “Is holiday travel worth this risk?”

UTHealth employees returning from travel who are symptomatic or believe they are at risk for having contracted COVID-19 are required to contact Employee Health Services for an assessment prior to returning to campus. Employees should call Employee Health Services at 713-500-3267 or the COVID-19 line at 713-500-2683.


Updates about international travel from UT System as Oct. 19, 2020


UTHealth travel form: to be used by all GSBS students. This form should also be used by UTHealth faculty and staff. *As of July 9, only UTHealth employees and students (including GSBS students) returning from travel who are symptomatic or believe they are at risk for having contracted COVID-19 are required to contact Student Health Services, or  Employee Health Services or the COVID-19 line at 713-500-2683 for an assessment prior to returning to campus. 

MD Anderson travel site: should be used by students working at MD Anderson. You must also complete this form in addition to the UTHealth form. This form should be also be used by MD Anderson faculty and staff, and students conducting research at MD Anderson or who plan to conduct research at MD Anderson, including students who wish to conduct tutorial rotations with MD Anderson faculty. Please note that upon return, MD Anderson employees must either self-quarantine for 14 days OR receive negative results on two (2) COVID-19 tests. Employees may return to the workplace if their first COVID-19 test is negative, but they must have another negative test result within a few days after the initial negative results in order to continue working. And these coronavirus tests must be administered by MD Anderson.