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NEW temporary Travel Exception Pre-approval policy during COVID 19

All university-related travel for faculty, staff and students, is currently prohibited.  However, in recognition of the nature of limited mission-critical activities, the appropriate Vice President or Dean may approve an exception for domestic travel for faculty, staff, graduate assistants and post-docs prior to making any travel arrangements.

Failure to obtain this approval, prior to making travel arrangements, will result in denial of reimbursement, regardless of the funding source.  

The university follows the guidance of the federal government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Governor and State of Maryland Department of Health for all university related travel for faculty, staff and students.  University related travel is travel for educational, research or business purposes tied to the traveler’s affiliation with the university.

All travelers on university-related travel are required to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated, unless appropriate waiver documentation is on file with the University.

Please review the following guidance, prior to requesting approval for domestic university-related travel.  We require and expect travelers to continue practicing all COVID-19 health and safety protocols according to CDC guidance and comply with state and local mandates.  Travelers must also be aware of, and comply with, current health and safety protocols at the destination site.  The traveler will be required to acknowledge that they have reviewed and are in compliance with, the guidance provided.

The CDC’s travel recommendations:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

The CDC’s recommendations for Domestic Travel:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html#considertesting

And any recommendations of the Maryland Department of Health:

https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/travelers-resources

New requests for university-related international travel and student travel are not being considered, at this time, and will not be granted an exception.

Though expected to be rare, faculty and staff may petition for a domestic travel exception for mission-critical travel in accordance with the process beginning here with the Travel Exception Pre-Approval:

https://umbc.edu/go/1079