Evaluation of Business Travel Requests

The UNLV TRAC reviews and advises the President and/or delegated authority on all international travel requests for authorization consideration. The committee includes representatives from the Office of General Counsel, the Office of Risk Management and Safety, the Office of Student Conduct, the faculty and ex-officio representation from International Programs.

Essential Travel Considerations

Foreign travel will be considered essential when critical to the core educational and business functions of UNLV and if the purpose of the travel cannot be accomplished remotely.

Additionally, at least one of three following travel requirements is met:

  • Time-sensitive: The purpose of travel cannot be accomplished at a later date (e.g., spring/summer semester);
  • Purpose-specific: It is necessary to preserve the safety/well-being of research subjects and/or participants, or the continuity of research that cannot be repeated, replaced or performed remotely; OR
  • Required: It must be completed in association with a grant, contract, award, or scholarship. For example, a Fulbright award, activities required by a funded research grant or other contractual obligations.

International Travel

All faculty, staff and student international travel continues to be prohibited.

Requesting Travel Exceptions and Authorization

The TRAC reviews various sources of information including, but not limited to:

  • Traveler’s exception request
  • Traveler’s supporting documents
  • Health and safety conditions
  • The U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories, specifically Level 3 and/or Level 4, which indicate high risk for international travel.

All travel exception requests must be submitted online

Personal Travel

There are currently no CDC recommendations to self-quarantine after returning from domestic travel. If you choose to travel for personal reasons, you must follow CDC guidelines.

If you are planning to travel to an international destination, be aware you may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges returning home or accessing health care while abroad. U.S. citizens are encouraged to register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals that provides important information from the nearest embassy about safety conditions in your destination country. Registration allows you to be easily located by embassy personnel in the event of an emergency.

Faculty International Travel

For faculty international travel information, please visit the International Travel Policy page, or contact Cecilia Maldonado, associate vice provost for workforce development, 702-895-3410 or cecilia.maldonado@unlv.edu.

Student International Travel

All student international travel continues to be suspended. Questions can be directed to Gregory Stephany at gregory.stephany@unlv.edu, international.programs@unlv.edu, or 702-895-3896.

International Students and Scholars

UNLV’s Office of International Students and Scholars is here to assist international students and scholars. For information related to international students and scholars, please contact Ross Bryant at ross.bryant@unlv.edu or 702-774-6477.

Health insurance

International Students automatically have health insurance when they pay their tuition fees. Unless you requested a special waiver, you should have insurance coverage here in the United States.

Please contact Ellen Bolt at ellen.bolt@unlv.edu or 702-895-0542 regarding your health insurance coverage. You can also call 1-800-853-5899 or email studentinsurancesvc@usi.com to retrieve your health insurance information.

Traveling home

Students who would like to return to their home country may do so, however, the United States has issued travel restrictions to many countries.

Please contact oiss@unlv.edu or call 702-774-6477 for assistance.

Alternate Breaks

For information about travel related to Alternate Breaks, please visit Service Learning and Leadership, email altbreaks@unlv.edu or contact Sunny Gittens at sunny.gittens@unlv.edu or 702-895-5624.