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University Limits Travel through Fall 2020

Travel restrictions are based on state mandates, Center for Disease Control and Prevention levels, U.S. Department of State Travel advisories, and Mason’s risk assessment of travel conditions and risk exposures.

Mason Korea campus in Songdo, South Korea

Mason has suspended all international travel through the end of fall semester, with the exception of travel to South Korea, where Mason has a campus in Songdo.

In accordance with University Policy 1134, circumstances requiring travel outside the commonwealth of Virginia falls under review of the University Travel Advisory Committee (UTAC).

However, travel between the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia is excluded from UTAC review, for now.  

Travel exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Approval will be based on:

  • No restrictions on entry/exit to destination. 
  • The current country- or state-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. 

Domestic Travel

Submit an Application for Domestic Travel (PDF) to the UTAC for review and approval. Your department head must approve the trip before you submit your application. Applications should be submitted 30 days in advance of the proposed travel date or as soon as travel is anticipated (at a minimum 3 business days before travel starts). 

International Travel

The UTAC has suspended all international travel through the end of fall semester, with the exception of travel to South Korea, where Mason has a campus. 

If you require an exception for international travel, submit an Application for Travel to Hazardous Areas (PDF) to the UTAC  for review and approval. Your department head must approve the trip before you submit your application. Applications should be submitted 30 days in advance of the proposed travel date or as soon as travel is anticipated (at a minimum 3 business days before travel starts). 

Non-Mason Travel

Take this guidance into account when considering non-essential personal travel. Check state and territorial health department websites for the latest information and any quarantine requirements.

If you travel internationally, returning to the United States could be difficult. The Centers for Disease Control recommends a 14-day quarantine when you return

For More Information

If you have questions about Mason's travel policies, contact the Office of Risk Management.