Travel Updates & Reminders

Please reference the following reminders & updates that have been made to the SJSU Travel Checklist.

Travel to Prohibited States:

If you will be traveling to a prohibited state and entering a request in FTS, a Travel to Banned States Exception Request Form is required. Note that this form has been updated and is required for travel that will be using non-state funds. Please make sure this form is routed to Sami Monsur (, who is the Provost’s designee. 

Justification Memos:

Justification memos are required when the lodging rate exceeds $275/night (excluding taxes). These memos were previously allowed to be signed by the Dean or the campus VP/Designee. Please be aware the CSU policy states only the campus VP/Designee can approve these memos therefore the SJSU Travel Checklist has been updated to reflect this requirement. Please route these justifications to Sami Monsur who is the Provost’s designee. 

Travel Expense Claim Forms

If routing a Travel Expense Form to the Provost Office (Provost’s Designee Sami Monsur,, please make sure it is routed to Joanna Gaona ( for initial before the One-Up Approval signature.


Links to Travel resources: AAD Travel Guide, SJSU Travel Guide, SJSU Travel Checklist.

Please contact if you have any questions or require further information.

AAD Travel Guide Update

The Academic Affairs Division’s Travel Guide has been updated and now includes a section regarding the Docusign Travel Authorization Form. This updated guide is now available on the Provost’s website & the AA Resource Hub. The AAD Travel Guide is meant to be a tool focused on our division that should be used alongside the SJSU Travel Guide & Travel Checklist. Please contact if you have any questions or require further information.

Adapted Travel Process Google Form No Longer Required

This is a reminder to all AAD personnel that the travel restrictions issued previously by the CSU Chancellor’s Office were lifted effective 6/1/2021. With this being said, departments will no longer need to use the Google form “Adapted Travel Process for Presidential Approval” for domestic travel.

All travel, unless otherwise indicated, will be conducted as it was prior to COVID restrictions. Domestic travel will need to be approved by the dean as the highest approval level. Please note that some states are prohibited to travel to. You can find those states here.

International travel will still need to be approved at the presidential level as it has been done in the past in FTS. Remember, there is a list of countries currently considered high-risk.  Please consult the CSURMA High Hazardous Country List and also review each country’s current COVID-19 risk.

Important: If an employee had submitted a travel authorization for virtual travel which has now become actual travel, a new travel authorization must be resubmitted in FTS. For further information on this and other travel questions, please refer to the COVID Travel FAQ.

Faculty Recruitment Travel Expenses and Campus Visit

For the departments that are interested in bringing faculty candidates to visit the campus or the area, please note the following:  

  • A Travel Approval Request must be completed prior to the visit.  Obtain all necessary approval and submit the form to
  • Departments must use their department GoCard to prepay expenses such as airfare, lodging, and car rentals for auditing purposes.
  • Candidates’ travel expenses that are not prepaid will be reimbursed through a Travel Reimbursement Request.  Follow the instructions on the form, attach the fully executed Travel Approval Request, and submit the claim to
  • If a campus visit is included in the itinerary, no more than one member from the recruitment committee can offer the tour.  

Please note that in-person meetings, such as on-campus committee meetings and interviews, are still restricted at this point. 

Should you have any questions, please contact