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Fostering Safe Travel

The University of Texas at San Antonio is committed to making study, research, and other academic pursuits, both domestic and international, safe and accessible for faculty, staff, and students. In order to foster safe travel and improve our roadrunners’ experience abroad, UTSA leadership, and Global Initiatives are working with internal and external experts to mitigate risks and improve policies, procedures, programs, and operations.
Here are some guidelines:
  • If you are a UTSA student, faculty and/or staff traveling on university business, you must: submit a travel request to the IOC and register your travel in ISOS.   
  • Global Initiatives coordinates the International Oversight Committee (IOC) to advise the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives on health and safety issues as well as guidelines related to international travel.  
  • The International SOS (ISOS) is a service that monitors overseas travel and responds to overseas emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering emergency assistance to UTSA travelers. Their services include English-speaking doctors, medical referrals, and evacuation assistance, as well as regional and country-specific risk and safety reporting.

Travel Policy

International Travel

Effective 1 Jan 2021

All UTSA affiliated International travel, regardless of destination, must request approval through the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and the International Oversight Committee.

All international travel requests must be reviewed by the university’s International Oversight Committee (IOC) this policy will remain in effect until further notice.

Requests for travel must be received 14 days prior to the expected date of purchase of tickets.

Risk Level definitions and the current Restricted Regions Travel List can be found here.

International travelers must complete the Restricted Regions Travel Request form click here.

Please submit the completed Restricted Regions Travel Request form to 


Domestic Travel

Effective 1 Jan 2021

Official domestic travel is permitted for purposes deemed mission-critical or health-critical from January 1 through May 31, 2021. Travel that does not meet this purpose will be postponed to a later date. 


Faculty and staff seeking to travel domestically will submit their plans to the DTOC using the form found here.     

Students: All UTSA sponsored or affiliated trips involving students will be reviewed by the DTOC using the form found here.

Guests or Visitors to UTSA:  If the travel to UTSA is paid for by UTSA please complete the form found here.

 All community members will receive a response from the DTOC within 2-5 business days.  Even after approval, the DTOC continues to monitor case counts on a weekly basis until a trip commences.  If case counts change rapidly, the DTOC will notify travelers and provide additional guidance as needed. In rare situations, a decision may be revisited when situations warrant. 

 If you have questions, please contact the Global Initiatives Team at

The DTOC meets every Tuesday, submissions for review must be received no later than noon on  Monday for consideration.