As the COVID-related and other risks of travel evolve, Wake Forest continues to monitor the latest public health recommendations and travel-related advisories and adjust our policies and guidelines accordingly.

The guidance outlined below is effective on April 1, 2022 and will remain in place until further notice.

  • Pre-authorization is no longer required for university-sponsored International Travel. 
  • All University-sponsored international travelers must complete the International Travel Forms process and all related required elements.

Domestic Travel

Wake Forest-sponsored domestic travel is permitted following regular university policies and procedures. The following guidelines should be observed:


International Travel

In support of its mission to make a priority of international research, study, and understanding, Wake Forest encourages University sponsored international travel. At the same time, the University recognizes that such travel may pose certain additional risks. Therefore, all University-sponsored international travelers must complete the International Travel Forms process and all related required elements.

  • Faculty/Staff Travel
    • Faculty/staff must complete and submit the International Travel Forms which include purchasing international travel insurance and signing an Assumption of Risk & Release form.
    • Faculty/Staff must comply with the University’s International Travel Policy and adhere to the following requirements and guidelines:
      • Faculty/Staff should be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized/approved Covid vaccine and current with any booster shots prior to traveling. Vaccination and booster shots may be required for entry into certain countries.
      • Before committing any university funds, faculty/staff should monitor and be prepared to adhere to the travel recommendations and requirements for their destinations as outlined by the U.S. Department of State and CDC. As necessary, travelers should consult other travel-related resources. NOTE: The University will not cover the cost of quarantine-related expenses that could be incurred as a result of travel to certain countries.
      • Before, during, and after travel, faculty/staff should follow all current CDC Recommendations for International Travel.
    • Faculty/Staff should endeavor to purchase refundable airfare and/or tickets with minimum change fees. Likewise, faculty/staff should consider purchasing tickets from a travel agent or directly from the airlines.
    • University-sponsored international travel, including pre-departure and post-return requirements, should not interfere with work, teaching, or other Wake Forest responsibilities.
    • Prior to undertaking any travel, international faculty/staff who are visa-sponsored by Wake Forest University should check with International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) at iss@nullwfu.edu.
    • Faculty/Staff must follow all other Wake Forest guidelines and policies associated with international travel (e.g. Travel Administrative Procedure).
    • Consult travel advisories issued by the CDC and U.S. Department of State before traveling.
    • NOTE: As of 06/12/22, the CDC no longer requires air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the U.S. to show a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding the U.S.-bound flight.  This requirement is subject to change with little or no notice. Visit this CDC link for the most up-to-date information.
  • Student Individual Travel
    • Individual student travelers must complete and submit the International Travel Forms which include purchasing international travel insurance, signing an Assumption of Risk & Release form, and completing a Health Questionnaire.
    • Students are required to comply with the University’s International Travel Policy and adhere to the following requirements and guidelines:
      • Students should be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized/approved vaccine and current with any booster shot prior to traveling. Vaccination and booster shots may be required for entry into certain countries.
      • Prior to undertaking any travel, international students (e.g. F-1, J-1 visas) should check with International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) at iss@nullwfu.edu.
      • Before committing any university funds, students should monitor and be prepared to adhere to the travel recommendations and requirements for their destinations as outlined by the U.S. Department of StateCDC, and other travel-related resource services. NOTE: The University will not cover the cost of quarantine-related expenses that could be incurred as a result of travel to certain countries.
      • Before, during, and after travel, students must follow all current CDC Recommendations for International Travel..
      • Students should endeavor to purchase refundable airfare and/or tickets with minimum change fees. Likewise, they should consider purchasing tickets from a travel agent or directly from the airlines.
      • Students must follow all other Wake Forest guidelines and policies associated with international travel.
      • Consult travel advisories issued by the CDC and U.S. Department of State before traveling.
      • As of 06/12/22, the CDC no longer requires air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the U.S. to show a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding the U.S.-bound flight.  This requirement is subject to change with little or no notice. Visit this CDC link for the most up-to-date information.
  • Student Group Travel
    • All group international student travel (e.g. study abroad programs, WFU Athletics, student organizations, etc.) remains subject to the GROUP Travel Forms process and associated requirements. Inquiries can be directed to the Center for Global Programs & Studies (GPS) at gps@nullwfu.edu.

Personal Travel

For both domestic and international travel that is personal in nature (i.e. not funded or sponsored by the University), Wake Forest offers the following advice:

  • Faculty, Staff and Student Travel
    • Vaccination and a current booster shot is strongly encouraged; check with your destination state or country for entry requirements (most countries require a COVID-19 vaccination and booster for entry).
    • Adhere to the destination’s mask and social distancing requirements.
    • Follow all CDC advice for domestic and international travel.
      • For international travel:
        • Check with the destination country frequently to be aware of any border entry or quarantine restrictions, testing requirements, etc.
    • Consult travel advisories issued by the CDC and U.S. Department of State before traveling.
    • As of 06/12/22, the CDC no longer requires air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the U.S. to show a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding the U.S.-bound flight.  This requirement is subject to change with little or no notice. Visit this CDC link for the most up-to-date information.