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UIC COVID-19 Travel Policy

VCs, Deans, and other UIC leaders,

Earlier this week, the City of Chicago announced that there are no longer any US states on the “orange” list for the Chicago Emergency Travel Order. “Orange” status requires travelers to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period. (

With this news, UIC will no longer require advance approval by the Deans, VCHA, Provost or Chancellor for domestic travel to a “yellow” state. Instead, approval will revert back to the traveler’s unit head per UI Purchasing rules, which state that Unit heads or their delegates are responsible to approve travel and verify the unit has funds available. University Payables reviews and approves all travel expenses.

We will continue to monitor the Chicago travel order. Should states become “orange” again, we would require the safety review and advance approval. The travel form website has been updated with this information —

Additionally, UIC will continue to require advance approval for international travel. Level 1 countries will receive approval to travel with travel pre-counseling and a safety plan. Level 2 and 3 countries will route to the Dean/VC for approval as well as requiring a safety plan and pre-travel counseling. Level 4 countries are not being approved at this time. Travelers may appeal these decisions – if this occurs, we will route to the Dean/VC and a safety review committee for a determination.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Margaret Moser
Executive Director, VCHA Administration and Operations
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs