Additional UMB Travel Guidance

October 8, 2020 (updated March 12, 2021)

UMB continues to strongly advise people to refrain from non-essential travel.

A Maryland Department of Health travel advisory is still in effect encouraging Marylanders who travel outside of the state, and individuals who travel to Maryland from another state, to immediately get a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Maryland or within 72 hours before travel to Maryland.

The advisory asks Marylanders who travel to a state with a COVID-19 test positivity rate above 10 percent to be tested and self-quarantine.

Employees and students should be aware of the COVID-19 test positivity rate of wherever they are traveling to in advance of their travel plans. Also consider your available leave balance to accommodate the recommended quarantine period and work with your supervisor/manager for anticipated coverage in your absence. Here is a good resource for checking on COVID-19 statistics.

If mandatory travel is necessary, please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) travel guidance during the COVID-19 Pandemic prior to traveling.

The CDC says that travel, and hosting guests who travel to you, increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. 

  • UMB continues to prohibit work-related, out-of-state travel, with very limited exceptions.
  • Domestic out-of-state travel is only permitted for travel that is essential to the University’s mission, and such travel must be approved by the Dean or Vice President.

Deans and Vice Presidents should consider the following factors in granting an exception:

  • Whether the travel involves commercial transportation (i.e. air, train, or bus travel); AND
  • Whether the traveler will attend public gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • For any work-related, out-of-state travel that is approved, a traveler is specifically discouraged from dining out at restaurants.

UMB-related international travel for students (e.g. international rotations, courses, externships, research fieldwork for credit or not for credit) are allowed only in exceptional circumstances through Dec. 31, 2021. Deans (or their previously identified designees) have the authority to approve international travel for UMB students in exceptional circumstances, (e.g., research that must take place overseas or for a degree or program requirement), in consultation with the Provost. This policy is subject to change depending on changing circumstances. 

  • For student international travel exception requests, Deans should consult with the Provost prior to approving.
  • The Center for Global Engagement is prepared to offer assistance or advice to students as they prepare requests, as well as to student advisors, Deans, and the Provost as they each consider supporting/approving requests for international travel exceptions. 

NOTE: The testing and quarantine recommendations above do not apply to the travel that is part of a student or employee's daily commute.

If you are unsure if a place where you traveled from, or planning travel to, is a high risk area, UMB COVID-19 Hotline can answer questions regarding your travel and determine whether it was high risk.