Updated: July 1, 2020
To ensure the safety of our students, staff and faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic, The University of Texas at El Paso has established several requirements for travelers. This policy and guidance remain in place until Aug. 31, 2020, at which time they will be reassessed.
University-Sponsored International and Domestic Travel:
University-sponsored international and domestic travel continues to be suspended, with the exception of travel to and from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Additional exceptions to this policy require approval from your supervising Vice President or Provost, and for international travel, the International Oversight Committee. Exceptions for faculty, staff and students will only be granted on a case by case basis for continuation of mission-critical services and research. Student exceptions also require approval by the Dean of Students.
Required Self-Isolation/Self-Monitoring Due to University Sponsored or Personal Travel:
Those who travel internationally, whether for UTEP purposes or for personal reasons, are expected to follow all CDC guidelines and understand that self-isolation or self-monitoring per CDC may be required for 14 days upon returning to the United States. All international travelers who are UTEP faculty, staff or students must report their travel to UTEP’s Environmental Health and Safety Department using an email notice to COVIDaction@utep.edu both before departure and upon return to the U.S. Travelers may not return to campus without first checking in with the EH&S department via the Covidaction@utep.edu email address with the country of origin, date of return and contact information.
While domestic travelers are not required to report their intent to travel to the COVIDaction@utep.edu email, they are discouraged from traveling through any region of the U.S. that is affected by a higher positivity rate for COVID-19 than is occurring in El Paso. For more information on state positivity rates in the U.S., see https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/individual-states.
The University of Texas at El Paso continues to follow the guidance of The University of Texas System and will not approve expenditures for non-mission-critical or health-critical travel prior to Aug. 31, 2020. Requests to book travel and obligate University funds beyond this date must be approved by your supervising Vice President or Provost.