Travel Policy

General Guidelines

  • All University-sponsored travel must be approved by the appropriate administrator. 
  • There are no Notre Dame-mandated medical restrictions regarding travel at this time. All University travel should align with local health and safety guidelines.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms before you travel, contact your healthcare provider to determine if it is safe to travel and, depending on the type and/or duration of symptoms, if testing is appropriate. A good rule of thumb is, if you are sick, stay home and rest. 
  • If you experience symptoms while traveling, immediately put on a mask and contact your healthcare provider. Your provider will help you determine if you need to temporarily shelter in place, what type of testing is appropriate, and how to safely travel back to your home destination. 
  • It is recommended that you also continue to practice the following safety procedures:
    • Keep your social circle as small as possible, particularly with those who are vaccinated or masked
    • If you don’t know the vaccination status of the group, mask while indoors
    • Mask while outdoors in large crowds
    • Social distance when you can
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer

University-related Domestic Travel Testing

At this time, there are no universal requirements for domestic traveler testing by Notre Dame or individual states. As such, University-related domestic travel may resume without the need for special pre-approvals. If there are testing requirements for a particular location, these requirements typically align with vaccination status. 

Before you leave, determine the different restrictions that are in place for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals for a particular location. For example:

  • If you are vaccinated, bring your vaccination card with you. You are encouraged to keep a copy of your card at home in a safe place. There is no need for vaccinated students to be tested before or after traveling if they are asymptomatic. Most places that require testing do not require it for those who are fully vaccinated. 
  • If you are unvaccinated and are required to show a negative COVID-19 test within a certain period of time prior to your travel, schedule your weekly COVID-19 surveillance test at Notre Dame to fulfill this requirement. You can shift your once a week test to any day Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the University Testing Center. Please allow 24 hours to receive your test result and plan your travel accordingly. Upon your return, you will take your usual weekly surveillance test, and no additional test is needed.

Any inquiries regarding the timing of needed tests or vaccination documentation should be directed to the Notre Dame Wellness Center at 574-631-0050 if you are a faculty and staff member or University Health Services at 574-631-7497 if you are a student. 

University-related international business travel testing

Until further notice, due to the high incidence of COVID-19 infections and uneven access to vaccines around the world, University-related international travel must be approved in advance by a vice president or dean. Additionally, all international travel must be registered.

University study abroad programs have been carefully vetted; students and faculty confirmed for participation in these programs are approved for travel but should also still register their travel.

Students, faculty, and staff who are approved for official, international University business travel and may be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to departing, may schedule an asymptomatic test at the University Testing Center. This service also includes testing, if required, upon return/reentry from travel.

It is the traveler's responsibility to know what test and documentation is needed prior to scheduling a test. To schedule an asymptomatic international business travel test, contact the Notre Dame Wellness Center at 574-631-0050 if you are a faculty and staff member. If you are a student contact University Health Services at 574-631-7497. Documentation of University-approved travel may be requested at the testing center.