Travel Warnings


Study, Travel and Research in Countries under Travel Warnings

All travel involves some level of risk. The University endeavors to balance the value of participation in global activities against the potential risk that participation poses to its students and employees.

The University has developed its Policy Concerning Global Study, Travel and Research regulate activities in countries for which the Department of State has issued a travel advisory and countries for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel health notice. Countries are grouped into one of three risk levels, based on current conditions.

Regardless of country risk level, all University affiliates—students, faculty, staff, and others—on University-related travel abroad are required to register their travel plans in the Global Travel Registry and enroll in the international health, evacuation and repatriation insurance coverage. Visit our page on travel requirements and policies for more information.

Current Travel Restrictions

Carolina is prohibiting University-affiliated travel outside the state of North Carolina. Within the state, University travel is permitted but it must be limited to gatherings of 50 or fewer people.

As of March 11, 2020, following the U.S. Presidential Proclamation, the CDC has categorized the majority of Europe as a Level 3 Warning – Avoid Non-Essential Travel and the U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel. Additionally, as of March 12, 2020, the CDC has issued a Global Level 2 Travel Advisory – Practice Enhanced Precautions.

The University is continuing to prohibit University-affiliated travel to Level 3 and Level 2 countries due to COVID-19 as defined by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No student travel is permitted to Level 3 and 2 countries. Faculty and staff are required to contact Andrew Hunt, global operations specialist, in advance and execute a release and hold harmless agreement. The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs retains the right to prohibit University-related travel to any destination in which it is determined the risk level outweighs the value of the proposed travel.

Per recently revised CDC guidelines, any students, faculty or staff returning from Level 3 or Level 2 countries due to COVID-19 will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days off campus effective immediately. These advisories are subject to change so please be mindful of all upcoming travel. If you travel to a location that is increased to a Level 3 or Level 2 due to COVID-19 while you are there, you will be subject to a 14-day self-quarantine off campus.

Anyone with questions about these guidelines can call our hotline at 919-445-5000. The hotline will be staffed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Messages left after hours will be returned within one working day.

Carolina will continue to monitor updates from the CDC, the state health department and The University of North Carolina System and will use their guidance and recommendations on our campus.

Contact Information

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Global Travel Registry and travel warnings are managed by:

Andrew Hunt
Global Operations Specialist
Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs