Travel Advisory


Guidelines for International and Domestic Travel

In accordance with University Policy 1134, travelers will submit an application for review and approval to the University Travel Advisory Committee (UTAC) for travel to countries with State Department Travel Advisories Level 3 or above and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Warning Level 3 or above, as well as travel to countries under economic sanctions or Department of State military embargos. Travel to South Korea continues to be exempted from UTAC review at this time.

International Travel

An Application for Travel to Hazardous Areas (PDF) shall be submitted to UTAC for review and approval per University Policy 1134.  Applications should be submitted 30 days in advance of the proposed travel date or as soon as travel is anticipated (at a minimum three business days before start of travel).

  • No restrictions on entry/exit to destination.
  • The current country specific health and safety information related infection rate.
  • The potential risk to personal health and safety of traveler and Mason community (possible quarantine upon return).
  • Availability of common carrier and lodging.
  • Mason’s ability to assist in a return to the United States in emergency circumstances.
  • The potential benefit of travel with regard to the Mason’s mission.
  • The necessity of the travel to achieve the anticipated benefit.

In addition, UTAC will require all travelers on covered travel to be compliant with Mason’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Students who don’t live in a Mason residence hall  or enrolled in face-to-face courses on campus must  comply as these travel experiences are considered an extension of the Mason campus.

Before you Travel

Based on CDC recommendations, Mason recommends delaying travel until fully vaccinated.  If travel is essential, vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals must get tested one day before any international travel.

Make sure you understand all airline and destination requirements related to travel, mask wearing, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from local requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry.

While You’re Traveling
  • All travelers (regardless of vaccination status) must wear a mask over their nose and mouth on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or outside the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Follow all state, local, and country recommendations and requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
  • Unvaccinated travelers should wear face coverings, physically distance, avoid crowds and stay 6 feet/2 meters from anyone not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often. If a sink is not available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
Returning from Travel (Arrival in the United States)

Vaccinated International Travelers:

  • Get tested no more than one day before return to the United States or provide documentation of recovering from COVID in the last three months.
  • Get tested with a viral test three to five days after travel.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

Unvaccinated International travelers:

  • Get tested with a viral test no more than one day before travel back to the United States.
  • Get tested with a viral test on days three to five after travel.
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel, even if you test negative at three to five days.
  • If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days even if testing negative.

The CDC also offers guidance on international travel.

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Domestic Travel

UTAC approval is not required for university domestic travel. Travel approval is made at the department level, in accordance with University Policy 2101, Travel, Meals and Entertainment Expenditures.

Mason will continue monitoring the COVID-19 situation throughout the United States and will reinstate the requirement for UTAC approval for university domestic travel if needed.

The CDC also offers guidance on domestic travel.

Before you Travel

Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, mask wearing, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from local requirements.

Based on CDC recommendations, Mason recommends delaying travel until fully vaccinated.  If travel is essential, unvaccinated individuals must get tested one to three days before any domestic travel.

While You’re Traveling
  • All travelers (regardless of vaccination status) must wear a mask over their nose and mouth on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Follow all state, local, and country recommendations and requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
  • Unvaccinated travelers should wear face coverings, physically distance, avoid crowds and stay 6 feet/2 meters from anyone not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often. If a sink is not available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
Returning from Travel

Based on CDC recommendations, Mason requires the following after travel:

Vaccinated Domestic Travelers:

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

Unvaccinated Domestic Travelers:

  • Get tested on days three and six after travel. If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected, and report your illness.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, even if testing negative.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

For more guidance on traveling, visit the CDC website.

Non-Mason Travel

Check health department websites for the state or country to which you are traveling for the latest information and any quarantine requirements and review the resources provided by the Center for Disease Control regarding travel.

For More Information

If you have questions about Mason’s travel policies related to COVID, contact Risk Management.


International Travel:

George Mason University is committed to developing a wide variety of international study, research and work opportunities for faculty, staff and students; however, the university recognizes that there are situations in which safety and security issues may outweigh the advantages of exposure to international experiences. The safety and security of Mason students and personnel abroad is of the upmost importance. George Mason University closely monitors the security issues and the U.S. Department of State’s and Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) travel advisories and warnings.  In order to ensure faculty, staff and students, working or travelling abroad on official university business or coursework, make informed and wise decisions the following resources are being provided below.

University Policy 1134,University-Sponsored or University-Related International Travel  governs all international travel sponsored by the university and establishes a process for registering such travel. All faculty, staff and students, as well as participants in university-sponsored programs are governed by the policy.

Travel Abroad Resources

U.S. Department of State : 

The U.S. Department of State has a variety of resources designed to inform travelers of potential risks, provide country specific information including travel advisories, and offer pre-travel information and guidance. Students traveling abroad will also benefit from visiting the Department of State’s Students Abroad webpage. Consular Information Sheets, Public Announcements, and Travel Advisories are vital parts of planning travel abroad and can all be obtained by visiting the U.S. Department of State website.

Centers for Disease Control : 

Center for Disease Control (CDC) continuously tracks infectious disease situations around the world and issues public alerts against travel to particulate location subject to outbreaks of particular infectious disease or in recommendation of specific health precautions to residents and travelers in an impacted region.

Additional Resources:

COVID-19 Information Hub – Provides a summary of entry restrictions and other need to know COVID-19 information for each country, state and region.

Additional resources have been collected and are available on Mason’s International Travel Website.  Additional information regarding the insurance coverage is available on Risk Management’s International Emergency Insurance webpage.

Insurance Abroad

  • Liability: The Commonwealth’s Risk Management Plan has worldwide application and covers faculty and staff for acts of job-related negligence (including professional malpractice).  Student employees and students enrolled in internships that require their presence overseas are also covered. In the event there is a probability of a liability claim, the Office of Risk Management (6D6) (703-993-2599) should be notified as soon as feasible.
  • Property: All Mason property is insured at replacement value for accidental loss or damage, less a $1,000 deductible that is paid by the department.  A claim must include documentation that: (1) Proves its original possession by Mason, (2) Proves accidental loss or damage, and (3) Shows the purchase of the replacement item or the restoration of the item to its previous state.  If the item is upgraded, the difference in cost is born by the department.  Third party property that is on loan to Mason is also covered by our insurance.
  • Travel Insurance, including emergency services: All persons participating in international educational travel must purchase the University’s international travel insurance coverage for the duration of the travel experience. Students will be enrolled in the coverage plan while registering their trip in the Global Education Office’s System. Faculty must complete the International Emergency Insurance Registration Form in order to receive an insurance card and policy information.
  • Medical Coverage: Medical Insurance carried by most full-time faculty and staff is usually applicable overseas; however each traveler should confirm this with their individual carrier. Students should also check with their health insurance provider to confirm their coverage extends overseas.
  • Workers’ Compensation: Workers’ Compensation (703-993-2600) is insurance that covers University employees who suffer a work-related illness or injury.  It provides for the full payment of medical expenses, emergency evacuation, rehabilitation treatment, and any loss of salary.  At overseas locations, it is customary for the employee to pay the bill and be reimbursed by the Commonwealth upon return to the U.S.
  • Vehicle Insurance: Although Mason vehicle collision, comprehensive, and liability insurance is applicable overseas, it is recommended that travelers purchase this insurance at the overseas destination.  The purchase of rental automobile insurance overseas is a State-approved, reimbursable expense.
  • Personal Property of Mason Personnel: The University’s insurance does not cover faculty, staff, or student property unless its use is a Mason condition of employment.  If this is the case, documentation to support the requirement must be on file in the Office of Risk Management.