International Travels New Norm

  1. Non- essential travels (i.e. tourism) shall NOT be allowed until a vaccine is available. To quote DOT Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, International travel might not happen this year. At this point in time, travelling abroad is but a dream.”


Note: For faculty, researchers and graduate students’ travel to attend professional or educational conferences are defined “non-essential”; however, one may pursue  alternative modes to be able to attend such events without leaving the safety of the university.(

  1. When international travel is considered essential, a medical /health certificate issued by competent medical authorities must be submitted to this office within 48 hrs preceding employee, faculty /student’s departure and  after the prescribed quarantine period has been observed upon  his/her arrival or entry.

            Note:  A. Faculty, researchers, graduate students: Essential travel is defined as travel  that is required to

  • preserve the safety of a research subject and cannot be postponed; or
  • preserve the results of a research activity and cannot be postponed.


  1. Employees seeking approval to engage in essential travel, should confer with their immediate supervisor, and the latter may make a final recommendation  to the University President for approval.

  3. Staff travel is considered essential when accompanying students on approved essential travel or when not travelling will cause harm to the operations of the university.

  5. Student essential travel is defined as travel for academic credit that is necessary to meet a

  7. graduation requirement, cannot be achieved through an alternative assignment, or when cannot be postponed.