Update on Domestic Travel by Faculty and Staff

 April 21, 2021

TO:Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and Managers
FROM:Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President, Administration
RE:Update on Domestic Travel by Faculty and Staff

While Duke has extended its travel suspension due to the pandemic until at least August 8, effective May 2, 2021, top-level managers can grant exceptions for domestic travel by employees for those who are on record with Employee and Occupational Health and Wellness (EOHW) as fully vaccinated, or have an accepted medical or religious exemption on file, and for whom the travel is necessary and reasonable, meeting the criteria listed within the policy addendum.

Please note the following:

  • All Duke supported travel by Undergraduates (whether domestic or international) is suspended until August 8, with rare exceptions granted by the Provost.
  • Graduate/Professional Student travel continues to be suspended with exceptions for essential travel approved by Top-Level Manager(s);
  • All Duke supported travel should be managed carefully given Duke/Duke Health budget reductions in effect until July 1, 2022; and
  • All Duke supported travel must be entered into the Duke Travel Registry.

Definitions as to what constitutes domestic travel, who top-level managers are and how one’s vaccination records can be put on file with Duke’s EOHW are included within the Travel Policy and Addendum for Travel amidst COVID-19, online at