COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Study and co-op abroad has re-opened for select locations and programs determined via a petition process.

The university’s prohibition on international travel for official university business was lifted as of August 10, 2021. UC’s International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) will manage a petition process to support the travel of students intending to study or co-op abroad.  UC’s approval to travel is contingent upon student’s meeting host country and program entry requirements – which are subject to change.

If students travel abroad without an approved petition, it will be considered personal travel and unaffiliated to the University of Cincinnati. Therefore, UC would be unable to provide students with credit transfer, support for emergencies, financial assistance (including scholarships or financial aid), insurance, or visa letters.

Steps to Complete Petition Process

Each of the steps below should be reviewed and completed by the student who will be traveling as it is important that they are aware and informed of the risks and expectations associated with their travel. 

The petition is a part of the student's overall application to study abroad.

Step 1: Complete petition questionnaire.  This can be found in your study application titled COVID-19 Considerations and Petition for International Travel.

Students will first be asked to determine the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory level for the country they intend to travel to. Students traveling to countries with a level 1 or 2 Travel Advisory should submit their petition after this question.

Students traveling to countries with a level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory will be prompted to complete additional questions relating to their travel and COVID-19.  Please be sure to answer all questions to the best of your ability using the resources listed below. 

Step 2: Review Petition Approval Considerations.  After submitting your petition, review the requirement titled COVID-19 Petition Approval.  This requirement will be marked complete upon review of your petition by ITOC.  You will be notified by email when this requirement is complete.

Step 3: Notification. Within 7 - 10 days, you will recive a response to your petition from ITOC.

The following resources may be helpful in completing the petition for international travel.

Please customize your responses to be specific to your program. 
Question  Resource Sample Response

Does your primary destination have a US Department of State Level 3 or Level 4 warning?

U.S. Department of State Yes

If the answer to the question above is 'No' meaning you are traveling to a country with a Level 1 or 2 Advisory, your petition will be complete and ready for submission.  If the answer is 'Yes', meaning you are traveling to a country with a Level 3 or 4 Advisory, you will be prompted to answer the questions below. 
What are the COVID-19 entry requirements for your travel destination(s)? Host country government website (often linked through embassy website) Proof of vaccination and proof of negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 priors to travel.

What are the COVID-19 expectations of you in country regarding COVID-19 transmission?

US embassy website for the host country; program provider or host university

Masks must be worn in public places, both indoors and outdoors, and social distancing must be observed. Currently all spaces (stores, restaurants, museums, cinemas, etc) are open, some with reduced capacity.

What are the COVID-19 entry requirements to return to the US?

Centers for Disease Control

I will need to test negative for COVID-19 within 24 hours of boarding my flight to the U.S.

  • Full vaccination is strongly encouraged.

  • ITOC approvals are usually months before travel. Therefore, it is very likely that the situation abroad may change between approval and travel. Based on any changes, the travel or program may be cancelled or adjusted by ITOC. Any ITOC program determination made prior to departure may need adjustment (including cancellation) based on global or country-specific context or changes abroad.

  • Individual countries and programs abroad may have their own entry or quarantine requirements that UC cannot override.

  • Do not purchase airfare, make travel arrangements, or pay non-refundable deposits until you have received ITOC approval for your petition. Students are assuming full financial responsibilities for all costs and expenses incurred for travel.

  • Many travelers are exploring trip cancellation insurance (e.g. Cancel For Any Reason coverage). Policy coverage and costs eligibility vary greatly. Students are encouraged to be informed consumers when assessing policies and applicability to their travel situation. Trip cancellation insurance is supplemental to medical and evacuation insurance that UC International requires for all travels through CISI.

  • Travel departure may ultimately change since the global context is subject to rapid shifts. 

UC's International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) will review faculty-led study abroad programs on a rolling basis by term.  Please contact UC International at to discuss your program proposal and the current approval process.

An Evolving Situation

The global context may change suddenly and unexpectedly at any time. ITOC, in partnership with UC’s COVID Response Team, will continue to actively monitor the global health and travel environment to help safeguard our students and community.

The University may issue further rules or requirements, or be subject to a directive from a governmental authority that requires the University to change, modify or alter its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to, discontinuing or modifying student travel. In participating in the petition process, students understand that the University, in its sole discretion, may permit or disallow travel as it deems necessary.

Questions? Contact your study abroad advisor or with any questions or concerns.