Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Originally published 5/6/20; updated 6/9/20, 7/13/20, 9/3/20, 11/18/20, 12/18/20, 12/22/20, 1/11/20, 2/26/21, 3/26/21, 4/29/21, 5/19/21, 5/26/21

This article will be updated regarding University-sponsored travel until all restrictions have been lifted.

Effective June 1, 2021, University funded domestic travel that is necessary to meet research and academic requirements and/or is otherwise essential to university business can be reserved and paid for with University funds. Per UNC System Office guidance, travel for professional development conferences is still restricted unless such travel meets a specific university need.

Travelers should continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) domestic travel guidance. At this time, restrictions on international travel must continue to be monitored and followed.

What's new

Type of University-sponsored travel Restriction
Domestic travel necessary to meet research & academic requirements and/or essential to university business

No restriction. Can be reserved and paid for with University funds.

June 1-30: Requires Vice Chancellor approval on the Travel Authorization

Starting July 1: No VC approval needed

Domestic travel for professional development conferences

Must complete the  travel petition form  to obtain approval.

University P-cards should not be used to pay for registration fees, flights or accommodations unless an exception has been granted.

International travel

Must complete the travel petition form to obtain approval.

University P-cards should not be used to pay for registration fees, flights or accommodations unless an exception has been granted.

Reminders

  • University-sponsored travel  This is travel by faculty, staff, students, or other stakeholders (e.g., job candidates) that is paid for by UNC Charlotte.
  • Other University-sponsored travel considerations
    • Effective Friday, May 14, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. per NC Executive Order No. 215, all in-state mass gathering limits have been lifted.
    • Departments and/or grants may have travel guidelines that are more restrictive than the University. Please consult your business officer and/or research administrator prior to making travel arrangements to determine allowable expenses in the case of trip cancellation/disruption.
  • Departments are responsible for covering any cancellation costs   Follow the University’s Travel Manual guidance, specifically in Section II.1.4, Revisions and Cancellations, regarding charges related to canceled travel. As always, continue to exercise care in incurring expenses and treat University funds as if they were your own. Consult with your area business officer regarding any department-specific guidelines and restrictions.

Resources
Travel procedures are consistent with practices in place before restrictions were instituted.

Questions?
Email travel@uncc.edu.