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Travel Health Resources

A well-informed traveler is a safer traveler! We have curated various links, one-pagers, and digital resources for you to review before or during your travels.

If you have additional questions or would like to make a pre-travel counseling appointment with one of our Medical Services providers licensed in travel medicine, visit our Travel Clinic page.

COVID-19 Travel Essentials
  • If you are required to test for travel, either by an airline or by the country you are traveling to, you should use a commercial provider (provider list on second page).  UVA Riverside offers asymptomatic testing Monday - Friday that can be scheduled up to a week ahead of time by phone. Lab turnaround for test results are 1-3 days after pick-up.
    • Avoid booking your tickets for a late Sunday or Monday departure. Testing on Monday - Thursday is preferable to ensure results are back in time.
  • If you are an international student traveling home, make sure to review guidance on the UVA ISO webpage. As of Nov. 8th, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the U.S. will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to boarding an airplane to the U.S., with few exceptions. Plan ahead for showing proof of vaccination if you are returning to the U.S. after international travel.
    • NOTE: No lab or clinic will guarantee that your test results will be ready in time for your travel, although most laboratory-processed PCR tests can take 24 - 72 hours. 
  • Student Health and Wellness (SHW) will provide letters of recovery for students who tested positive at least 10 days prior to travel, have completely recovered, and have a copy of their lab result. SHW cannot provide letters of recovery to students who are physically located outside the state of Virginia.
    • If you meet the above criteria, please schedule a "COVID Questions" appointment through HealthyHoos. Forms for COVID-19 tests will NOT be completed outside of business hours or over the weekend.
  • For other useful information regarding COVID-19 and travel, please review this PDF on preparations and this PDF on international travel.
General Travel Resources about Health/Safety and Study Abroad
How to Access Health Care While Abroad
University-Related Travel Resources

The University of Virginia Policy on Student International Travel requires students who travel outside the U.S. for University-related purposes to enroll in the UVA international health and emergency assistance insurance plan through CISI. See here for more information.

  • Traveling for university-related purposes may include but is not limited to study, research, internships, service, conferences, presentations, teaching, performances, recruiting, or athletic competitions.
  • University-related purposes include any travel that is for academic credit and/or utilizes University resources.
  • UVA requires all students who engage in travel abroad for university-related purposes to register with the International Studies Office. Registration instructions are available here.
  • Signing up for a Student Health and Wellness Travel Clinic appointment is NOT the same as registering your travel with the International Studies Office.
UVA Aetna Student Health Plan: Insurance for Travel
Air Pollution Abroad
LGBTQ+ Travel Resources
  • ILGA: Click "Resources" on the main navigation bar, contains maps about sexual orientation laws and other resources
  • Equaldex: A collaborative LGBTQ+ knowledge base
  • LGBTQ+ Travel Information from the State Department
    • For additional information on the state department website, find the country you plan on visiting under Country Information and then go to “Local Laws and Special Circumstances” for specific LGBTQ+ information.
Food Allergies Abroad