Travel Guidance

Effective through Aug. 31, 2020

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the UW School of Public Health has decided to extend its restriction on all work-related travel through Aug. 31, 2020. This includes all travel for conferences and meetings related to professional membership societies/associations and meetings or gatherings related to grants.

Exceptions to this work-related travel restriction will be rare and must be supported and proposed by your Department Chair for approval by Vice Dean Jared Baeten. Appeals for exceptions will be determined by Dean Hilary Godwin. Updated guidance for the UW community regarding travel can be found here.

For that same time frame, we strongly encourage all employees to reconsider invitations for non-UW individuals to visit UW School of Public Health, including invites for interviews, speaking engagements, and other meetings and gatherings. Please consider using Zoom or other virtual modalities as an alternative to in-person activities.

Regarding travel abroad, on Feb. 27, 2020, the University of Washington issued international travel guidelines for all faculty, staff and students. Consistent with UW Medicine, the UW School of Public Health is expanding on these guidelines with the new restrictions and recommendations listed above.

On April 29, Vice Provost Jeffrey Riedinger acknowledged that some essential and time-sensitive international research may be hindered or prevented by the UW’s current restriction on international travel. So the UW now has a process for researchers to submit an exceptional waiver to the current restrictions. You would follow the same process as above, by seeking an exception first through the Chair and then Vice Dean Baeten. Thereafter, the Office of the Dean will request review by the UW Office of Research, Provost Richards and the UW International Travel Risk Assessment and Safety Committee (ITRASC) to achieve final approval. Under the updated process, faculty and staff researchers must still submit a travel waiver application, which is now a part of the existing faculty/staff travel registry.

On July 22, Provost Mark Richards approved an expansion of the faculty and research staff travel waiver process. There is now a pathway for essential international travel by faculty and staff researchers who did not meet the narrow criteria of the original process.

Students seeking an exceptional travel waiver should visit this site from the Office of Global Affairs.

Finally, we encourage you to carefully consider any personal travel outside of the Puget Sound region through Aug. 31, 2020. We strive to keep our workforce healthy and safe so that we can provide a consistent high-quality level of service to our students and our community. We also appreciate the impact and disruption this has on our community and all of us as we work to support one another.

(Updated July 31, 2020)