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Employee travel resources

What travel restrictions are in place?

The UA System’s restriction on ALL non-essential international and domestic travel remains in place. All non-essential University meetings, gatherings and events are cancelled. Faculty, staff and students abroad and in international affiliated programs sponsored by third parties should contact their program administrators for information and further guidance.

“Essential,” as defined in the March 11, 11:45am email, Required Review of Domestic Travel, Events and Visitor(s), is a determination made by:

  • Deans for activities in schools and colleges
  • VPs and/or AVPs for activities in administrative units (each VP will determine the appropriate starting point for his or her unit)
  • Athletic administrators for activities in Athletics

Decisions should be based on the relative risk of the travel, understanding that our top priority as an institution is the health and safety of our campus community.

Questions to ask when considering the necessity of travel include:

  • Can you explain why the travel is essential?
  • Can the travel be postponed?
  • Can the purpose of the travel be accomplished in another way (e.g., virtually)?

The UA System website will continue to be a centralized source for updated information on the virus outbreak, policies and other guidance. Access information about UAB coronavirus travel restriction reimbursements.

What should I do about travel plans for study abroad, conferences, etc.?

The university has suspended all UAB Education Abroad programs through August 15 as a result of the US Department of State Global Level 3 Health Advisory-Reconsider Travel. On March 19, the Department of State upgraded this advisory to Level 4 - Do Not Travel.

For students on faculty-led programs

The Office of Education Abroad will encourage faculty leaders to redevelop their courses to be facilitated at UAB. Please watch for further communication from your faculty member. If you individually purchased airfare, refund considerations will be collected by the Office of Education Abroad with proof that the air carrier will not issue a refund or flight credit due to the worldwide pandemic.

For students on summer affiliate programs

The Office of Education Abroad encourages students to work with their academic advisors to identify alternative courses to ensure their academic progress.

Financials processes

UAB Education Abroad will be working to refund any fees paid directly to our office, including the admin fee and faculty led program fees, via original payment. This may take a little time with UAB limited business operations but we will notify you when this has occurred. If you applied for summer 2020 scholarships, we encourage you to consider applying for a future term, as your effort this summer will not go unnoticed.

We are saddened by the worldwide effects of the pandemic, including the impact on your study abroad plans. However, we hope you understand that your health is our highest priority and that this decision has not been taken lightly. We understand that this information may be overwhelming, but please know that the university stands ready to assist students with these resources.

We sincerely hope that you’ll consider studying abroad in the future– our team stands ready to assist you with deferring your plans.

Employees with questions about travel should contact the Office of Sponsored International Programs at 205–975–2438 (after hours 205–789–5212) or whiteside@uab.edu. This office is available to provide guidance and assistance to our travelers, in addition to providing resources through our System travel provider, International SOS.

If I do travel to an affected area, or plan to travel to an affected area, what should I do?

All UAB employees (including UAB Medicine employees) who travel internationally should fill out an employee traveler form prior to returning to work. Click here to access the employee traveler form with your BlazerID. Any and all travelers returning to the U.S. or coming to the U.S. to participate in UAB-sponsored business or programs, must comply with all U.S. re-entry, quarantine, self-isolation or self-monitoring requirements in place before returning to or engaging with the university community. Travelers must provide verification from the ADPH or their health provider confirming they have completed the appropriate monitoring process. To the extent a traveler is monitored or otherwise reporting to the University during any monitoring period, the traveler must receive express approval from the University in order to return to the University community. 

How do I get reimbursed for canceled travel?

Click here to access UAB Financial Affairs' guidance on allowable travel reimbursements related to the cancellations due to the coronavirus travel restrictions (international and domestic). 

Should I cancel my non-UAB related travel plans?

While the System policy does not inhibit or restrict individuals traveling on personal business or affiliate programs (i.e., travel that is not university sponsored but related to academic or business pursuits – e.g., travel through another institution or program), the UA System strongly encourages our faculty and staff to consider this Updated Policy when making decisions to continue on or schedule travel to any of the impacted areas. If you choose to travel to impacted areas for personal reasons or with affiliate programs, you will be subject to any regulations and advisories of the U.S. government and other relevant agencies. Personal travelers and those traveling with affiliate programs will be required to comply with all U.S. re-entry and quarantine requirements in place, and must verify to UAB that they have done so prior to returning to the university community. Employees and students taking personal trips to an impacted area (including layovers through an impacted area) must be prepared to comply with self-isolation requirements upon their return. A list of travel watch, alert and warning levels is maintained on the CDC website

Student travel resources

What travel restrictions are in place?

The UA System’s has restricted ALL non-essential university international and domestic travel. All non-essential university meetings, gatherings and events are cancelled. Faculty, staff and students abroad and in international affiliated programs sponsored by third parties should contact their program administrators for information and further guidance.

  • The university has suspended all UAB Education Abroad programs through August 15 as a result of the US Department of State Global Level 3 Health Advisory-Reconsider Travel. On March 19, the Department of State upgraded this advisory to Level 4 - Do Not Travel.

“Essential,” as defined in the March 11, 11:45am email, Required Review of Domestic Travel, Events and Visitor(s), is a determination made by:

  • Deans for activities in schools and colleges
  • VPs and/or AVPs for activities in administrative units (each VP will determine the appropriate starting point for his or her unit)
  • Athletic administrators for activities in Athletics

Decisions should be based on the relative risk of the travel, understanding that our top priority as an institution is the health and safety of our campus community.

Questions to ask when considering the necessity of travel include:

  • Can you explain why the travel is essential?
  • Can the travel be postponed?
  • Can the purpose of the travel be accomplished in another way (e.g., virtually)?

What should I do about travel plans for study abroad, conferences, etc.?

The university has suspended all UAB Education Abroad programs through August 15 as a result of the US Department of State Global Level 3 Health Advisory-Reconsider Travel. On March 19, the Department of State upgraded this advisory to Level 4 - Do Not Travel.

For students on faculty-led programs

The Office of Education Abroad will encourage faculty leaders to redevelop their courses to be facilitated at UAB. Please watch for further communication from your faculty member. If you individually purchased airfare, refund considerations will be collected by the Office of Education Abroad with proof that the air carrier will not issue a refund or flight credit due to the worldwide pandemic.

For students on summer affiliate programs

The Office of Education Abroad encourages students to work with their academic advisors to identify alternative courses to ensure their academic progress.

Financials processes

UAB Education Abroad will be working to refund any fees paid directly to our office, including the admin fee and faculty led program fees, via original payment. This may take a little time with UAB limited business operations but we will notify you when this has occurred. If you applied for summer 2020 scholarships, we encourage you to consider applying for a future term, as your effort this summer will not go unnoticed.

We are saddened by the worldwide effects of the pandemic, including the impact on your study abroad plans. However, we hope you understand that your health is our highest priority and that this decision has not been taken lightly. We understand that this information may be overwhelming, but please know that the university stands ready to assist students with these resources.

We sincerely hope that you’ll consider studying abroad in the future– our team stands ready to assist you with deferring your plans.

If I have traveled to an affected area, what should I do on return?

Any and all travelers returning to the U.S. or coming to the U.S. to participate in UAB-sponsored business or programs, must comply with all U.S. re-entry, quarantine, self-isolation or self-monitoring requirements in place before returning to or engaging with the university community. To the extent a traveler is monitored or otherwise reporting to UAB during any monitoring period, the traveler must receive express approval from UAB in order to return to the university community.

For travelers returning to campus due to these travel restrictions, the Office for Student Affairs and Office of Education Abroad will work with the appropriate deans and academic offices to ensure students who must observe a quarantine, self-isolation or self-monitoring requirement are not penalized academically and receive assistance, if necessary, with related matters.

My education abroad class was cancelled. How will I receive those credits?

UAB students impacted by these travel restrictions will work closely with Office of Education Abroad to identify an academic plan. Education Abroad will communicate with campus staff to seek late term enrollment, independent study, or alternate ways to ensure progress to degree is not negatively affected.

General travel resources

If I have to travel, what are some ways I can keep myself from being exposed to germs on an airplane or in public?

When traveling, practice everyday precautions such as frequent hand-washing, covering cough/sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, avoiding touching the face/eyes, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces like trays, armrests and seatbelt buckles with isopropyl alcohol.