Guidance on meetings, events and travel during the pandemic is forthcoming and will include questions on any quarantine requirements following travel. This page will be updated in late July.

Until further notice, only essential university domestic and international travel is permitted. Essential travel is defined as travel absolutely necessary to fulfill your core or primary job function and/or provides crucial support the University, such as research or lab work on a deadline. The determination of whether travel is essential can only be made by Responsibility Center heads.

Pitt Global Operations Support will assist you to minimize interruptions as well as explore and evaluate alternatives to travel for essential projects when feasible. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ian McLaughlin, the Global Operations Support Manager, at or via phone at 412-624-0125.

Inbound International Travel

At the recommendation of the Department of State, and considering the current travel restrictions, the Office of the Provost has suspended all new J-1 scholar programs until further notice and at least until August 1, 2020. Department administrators should coordinate with OIS in order to extend or cancel currently scheduled scholars.

On June 22, 2020, the White House issued a Proclamation suspending travel to the US by individuals who will seek entry to the United States using certain “non-immigrant visas.”  While the announced provisions will have limited direct effect on the University of Pittsburgh's international students, faculty, and staff, its overall impact is concerning. 

As a globally-focused institution, Pitt is concerned that limiting the availability of H1-B and other work visas will reduce American universities’ ability to attract international students and scholars, and harm overall US competitiveness.

Fortunately, the proclamation expressly does not impact most J-1 Scholars in categories pertaining to employees or students. In addition, its impact on individuals currently inside the United States is minimal. A small number of new Pitt employees who are currently abroad and do not fall under either the student or scholar categories could be affected, and we are working with them to identify solutions.  

As these restrictions are put into place, students, faculty, or staff who are unsure of their status should not hesitate to contact Pitt's Office of International Services (OIS). As always, OIS will be working to support our international community members, promote educational and research excellence, and continuously advocate for a humane and fair immigration system in the United States.