General Travel Information

The safety of all UofL travelers to international destinations is our utmost concern.  Therefore, UofL is closely monitoring developments of COVID-19. We are partnering with our campus community, international travel insurance provider, and third-party providers to make the best, most informed decisions possible. Our office will provide guidance for employees as well as advise students across all UofL study abroad program locations on best practices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Current status of Travel

Currently, all student international travel is suspended as per the UofL Interim Travel Policy for COVID-19 and the UofL Travel Warning Policy. As long the CDC or Department of State have a Level 3 advisory on destinations due to COVID-19, student travel will not be permitted.

The CDC has a Level 3 "avoid non-essential travel" advisory level on most countries. The Department of State (DOS) has a Level 4 "do not travel" or a Level 3 "reconsider travel" due to COVID-19 for most destinations. Please note, the DOS' COVID advisories are on top of the pre-existing advisory level. For example, the India advisory states "Do not travel (Level 4) to India due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution (Level 2) in India due to crime and terrorism."  When you are choosing a future study abroad program, look for destinations that have a normal ranking of 1 or 2.

When will UofL support international travel and study abroad programs again?

The factors below are used to determine when and where to support travel. We are hoping to support study abroad and international travel beginning Summer 2021; however, the following items will be considered before allowing travel:

  • DOS and CDC travel advisory levels
  • Travel restrictions both in the US and abroad
  • Host country's capability of managing further outbreaks
  • Host country's entry requirements
  • Resumption of full passport services
  • Flight operations resuming consistently between U.S. and program destination
  • Accessibility of visa services, if needed
  • Slowing or declining numbers of new virus cases
  • Easing of lockdown restrictions

This page will be kept up-to-date with any news as it becomes available to us. Our goal is to provide you with clear, concise information as we receive it.

Currently, all student international travel is suspended as per the UofL Interim Travel Policy for COVID-19 and the UofL Travel Warning Policy. As long the CDC or Department of State have a Level 3 advisory on destinations due to COVID-19, student travel will not be permitted.

The CDC has a Level 3 "avoid non-essential travel" advisory level on most countries. The Department of State (DOS) has a Level 4 "do not travel" or a Level 3 "reconsider travel" due to COVID-19 for most destinations. Please note, the DOS' COVID advisories are on top of the pre-existing advisory level. For example, the India advisory states "Do not travel (Level 4) to India due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution (Level 2) in India due to crime and terrorism."  When you are choosing a future study abroad program, look for destinations that have a normal ranking of 1 or 2.

When will UofL support international travel and study abroad programs again?

The factors below are used to determine when and where to support travel. We are hoping to support study abroad and international travel beginning Summer 2021; however, the following items will be considered before allowing travel:

  • DOS and CDC travel advisory levels
  • Travel restrictions both in the US and abroad
  • Host country's capability of managing further outbreaks
  • Host country's entry requirements
  • Resumption of full passport services
  • Flight operations resuming consistently between U.S. and program destination
  • Accessibility of visa services, if needed
  • Slowing or declining numbers of new virus cases
  • Easing of lockdown restrictions

This page will be kept up-to-date with any news as it becomes available to us. Our goal is to provide you with clear, concise information as we receive it.