International travel moratorium lifted

March 22, 2021

From Jonathan Wickert, Senior Vice President and Provost, March 18

On March 11, 2021, the Board of Regents lifted its moratorium on international travel for Iowa State University students, faculty, and staff. I am writing with information related to travel requirements, visiting scholars, and study abroad programs.

Faculty and Staff Travel
International travel for faculty and staff may be permitted, subject to the following requirements:

  • All employees traveling internationally on university business must register their travel in advance with the Office of Risk Management.
  • Employees must complete an international travel agreement and informed consent form that must also be signed by their supervisor in advance of travel. This short form can be obtained as part of the travel registration process with the Office of Risk Management, is attached to this memo for reference, and is also available on my office’s website.

Faculty and staff travelers must agree to follow COVID-related laws and policies of their host countries and institutions upon arrival; return to the U.S. if recalled by the university or Board of Regents; and follow CDC/DHS, state, or university health guidelines upon their return. Should travel fund sources not cover all costs, department-level sources will be applied.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all international travel is currently considered high-risk, and travelers are required to have their itinerary reviewed by Shaun Jamieson, international risk manager, in the Office of Risk Management. Shaun can be contacted at 515-294-6916 or That review and consultation can be very helpful in identifying vaccine and/or quarantine requirements in the host country, and when making plans to return to the United States. Please contact Shaun at least two weeks prior to departure to arrange a consultation.

While international travel may resume, it is important to remember that conditions, as well as Board and university policy related to travel, may change at any time.

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