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High Risk Travel – COVID-19

Requesting an Exception to Policy – Individual Student

Virignia Tech Policy 1070: Global Travel Policy,  does not authorize any university-supported international travel to locations where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Travel Health Notice Level 3 or higher. Also, Policy 1070 does not authorize student university-supported international travel to locations where the U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory Level 3 or higher.

Travelers can petition the Global Travel Oversight Committee (GTOC) for an exception to Policy 1070 for high risk travel. Exceptions are no approved and can be revoked at any time. Travel to a high-risk location without a waiver from the GTOC constitutes personal travel and credit transfer will not be accepted by Virginia Tech. Only students that receive a waiver from the GTOC will be authorized credit transfer from studying abroad.

To better enable travelers to petition the GTOC for an exception to policy, a more formalized process has been established for undergraduate student petitions for high risk travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deadlines to Submit Petition for Exception to Policy 1070

Due Dates Based on Departing Flight Date


Departure Date

01 June 2021

01 September – 15 November 2021

13 October 2021

10 December 2021 – 28 February 2022

12 January 2022

01 March – 30 April 2022

01 March 2022

01 May – 30 June 2022

Undergraduate student petitions for an exception to Policy 1070 will include a Global Travel Assessment and a Petition Form. Both documents must be submitted by the above deadline to The following videos address international travel safety and how to complete your Petition Form.

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 COMPLETE: Global Travel Assessment AND the Petition Form

  • The Global Travel Assessment is required for all students preparing for university-supported international travel.
  • The Petition for an Exception to Policy for High Risk Travel form will help you explain your risk mitigation plans and will help you demonstraite an understanding of the support resources available to you while abroad.
  • When complete, submit the questionnaire by the above listed deadline, depending on your departure date.

For questions concerning your petition for an exception to Policy 1070, contact