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International Travel Information

April 2, 2021- International Travel Guidelines, travelers eligible to enter the US are to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than three days prior to flight departure. An acceptable test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy) of a laboratory test result. Testing must be performed using a viral test (NAAT or antigen), and negative results must be presented to the airline prior to boarding. Failure to provide satisfactory proof of negative test will result in airline denying boarding of traveler. Alternatively, a documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from a healthcare provider or a public health official stating that the passenger is cleared to travel) must be presented.

A Passenger Attestation form is also required to confirm that the information provided by passengers is true. This form can be found here.

Travelers entering the US from abroad are advised after arrival to practice social distancing measures, be tested three to five days following travel, and stay home for seven days after travel. Even if the test negative, the traveler is advised to stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days. If the test is positive, the traveler is advised to isolate to protect others from getting infected. If the traveler does not get tested, it's safest to stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. It is advised to avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether testing is performed or not.

Travelers are advised to review state and local travel requirements as some areas have further restrictions and requirements in place.

Any traveler who presents symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19 is required to delay travel and should self-isolate.

The US does not have any mandatory requirements for travelers departing the country. Travelers are advised to be tested again 1-3 days prior to departure as a precaution. Some countries only allow incoming travelers from the US in exceptional cases (diplomats, students, critical workers, etc.) and many have requirements including testing, quarantines, and travel forms that must be met.

Travelers leaving the US may reference the US Bureau of Consular Affairs page for their destination for specific details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers

Getting Approval for International Travel

For all faculty, staff and students: Please complete the following steps to get approval for an International Travel Application (ITA) and to prevent your ITA from being returned.  In addition, helpful links are provided below regarding travel warnings and emergencies. 

Global Safety and Security Resources

Helpful Links:



Texas Tech University encourages all international travelers to enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program which allows travelers to enroll with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate during their travels. In the event of any kind of emergency, this will help the U.S. Embassy contact you and provide assistance.

Quick Check List

  • International travel is defined as any travel outside of the United States where TTU personnel are representing TTU.
  • Complete International Travel Application (ITA) 30 days before travel.
  • Export Control Screening is required for all international travel regardless of who pays for the travel. This is completed through the ITA process.
  • Visit the TTU Cybersecurity website.
  • Be wary of using USB drives given as gifts-they could contain malware.
  • Be careful and selective when connecting to wired or Wi-Fi networks. Turn off network connections when not in use.
  • If applicable, leave research data stateside.
  • When possible, only meet with individuals/entities screened by the university.
  • Visit the IT website for more detailed information regarding IT issues and international travel including:
    • Loaner laptops
    • Data storage options
    • Credential management options
    • TTU infotech.

Steps for Completing the International Travel Application (ITA): 

(The steps below do not apply to the faculty, staff or students going abroad through a study abroad program organized by the TTU Study Abroad Office.)

STEP1. Those preparing ITAs ("preparers") are encouraged to take the training offered by TTU's Travel Office on submitting the forms online.

STEP 2. Preparer should complete and submit an ITA online at least 30 days before the departure date.

STEP 3. In the "Explanation" block on the online ITA, please SPECIFY in the first sentence if the traveler is:

    • Faculty/Staff
    • or a US citizen / Permanent Resident Student
    • or an International Student (= student under a visa)
    • Export Control guidelines should be added in the "Explanation". You will need to add
      • Destination University/Company Entity
      • Destination Contact
      • Equipment you will be taking (Laptops, etc.)
  • Please note:  The preparer for the ITA will not be able to simply submit a link to the Destination University/Company/Entity.  This information needs to be explained in the International Travel Application (ITA).

Then,  proceed to explain the purpose of the trip.

STEP 4. Once the ITA is submitted online, the system will automatically send the ITA to the Office of International Affairs(OIA) for approval. Once OIA has approved the ITA the preparer will receive an email through the travel system.

For Students only:

The procedures below apply to all STUDENTS TRAVELLING ABROAD for any TTU related reason (e.g., conference, research, competition, etc.), in any status (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, supported by scholarships or assistantships, etc.) and with any citizenship (i.e., US or international):

STEP 5. After completing step 3 (specifying clearly under the "explanation" section that the traveler is a STUDENT and distinguishing US /permanent resident student from INTERNATIONAL student); and step 4 (having the student/traveler and the supervisor both sign the ITA), please complete ELECTRONICALLY the 2 forms below and also attach to the ITA.

STEP 6. Upon receipt of the above documents, OIA will review and process the ITA as expeditiously as possible.  The preparer will receive an email through the travel system once the ITA is approved. The student will receive insurance information regarding her/his international trip to the email he/she provided on the Emergency Contact Information Release form.

TTU Employee International Travel Insurance:

We are pleased to announce that Texas Tech University launched a new comprehensive travel risk management program partnered with On Call International to provide you emergency and non-emergency services and benefits. The Global Assistance Program will provide services ranging from pre-trip planning, to telephone advice, to full-scale medical and security evacuations.

Key features of the new program:

  • Medical, travel, and security assistance including insured evacuation and repatriation services
  • Coordination of medical care
  • Coordination and payment of travel arrangements for you or a person you designate for certain emergency circumstances

Before you travel…

We suggest adding On Call International to the mobile phone you'll be using abroad so you know how to contact us any time you need us. Simply follow the instructions in the Aerogami Download Guide TTUS link to easily add a digital content card right into your phone contacts in just a few taps. It is not an app to download, just an easy way to make sure you have contact information available in case you need help while away from home. Regular text messaging rates may apply. 

While traveling…

You can make a collect call, send an email, or text On Call from anywhere in the world 24 hours day to request assistance. If you need medical care, encounter a travel problem, suffer a medical emergency, or are impacted by security crisis anywhere in the world, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of services available through On Call.

Please note that you do not need to enroll in this plan. All employees are covered by this plan when outside their home country on Texas Tech University related travel or assignment, programs, or business. If proof of coverage has been requested by your consulate, please email the request to ttusrm@ttu.edu to obtain a Proof of Coverage letter.

If you have any questions relating to international travel, please contact the Office of International Affairs at travel.oia@ttu.edu or phone: 806-742-3667.

If you have any questions relating to insurance, please contact the Office of Risk Management at ttusrm@ttu.edu or phone: 806-742-0212.