Coronavirus Information Travel Guidance

New international arrivals to campus

If you are new to the Missouri S&T campus and will arrive from outside of the United States, please contact COVID@mst.edu so we can ensure you follow all the guidelines to safely come to campus. Please do this before you travel to the United States so we can prepare for your arrival.

University-related travel

Decisions involving all university-related travel, whether local, national/domestic, or international, must be made after careful considerations of the implications of that travel on protecting the S&T community from the spread of COVID-19, and of the financial impact of that travel on the university. 

Travelers are encouraged to be fully vaccinated prior to any travel. Travelers are encouraged to first consider non-travel options for conducting necessary university business. If such options do not exist or are not appropriate for that business, then a traveler should obtain written authorization from their supervisor confirming that the trip is necessary, using the travel authorization policies in place for each unit. 

If internal funds are to be used to support that travel, the appropriate division leader must authorize the travel. Decisions regarding travel sponsored by external organizations (not university-sponsored travel) are made at the departmental, college or division level.

Those who are not fully vaccinated should submit a Travel Safety Plan to covid@mst.edu when requesting travel authorization from their supervisor. Fully vaccinated means two weeks following the second dose of a two-dose series or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccination.

Those who are fully vaccinated and have been approved for travel from their appropriate division leader, do not need to complete a Travel Safety Plan, unless traveling internationally, and should follow these guidelines based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

Domestic travel by mass transit if fully vaccinated

  • There are no testing or quarantine requirements pre- or post-travel if fully vaccinated or if the traveler was diagnosed with COVID-19 infection in the preceding three months
  • Continue to follow CDC precautions of mask wearing, social distancing, frequent hand hygiene when in public 
  • Avoid crowds and mass gatherings where social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Self-monitor for symptoms, isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms

Domestic travel by mass transit if not fully vaccinated and have not had COVID-19 infection in the preceding three months

  • Complete and submit a Travel Safety Plan to covid@mst.edu
  • Get a viral test one to three days prior to travel
  • Continue to follow CDC precautions of mask wearing, social distancing, frequent hand hygiene when in public  
  • Avoid crowds and mass gatherings where social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Get a viral test three to five days after travel
  • A modified quarantine for seven days following travel is recommended:
    • Do not attend any groups or in-person meetings other than classes.
    • If you cannot maintain social distancing in your workspace, consider remote work during this time.
    • Wear a mask at all times on campus, in public settings and events, and whenever you’re around others.
    • Monitor for symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty, breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea 
  • Self-monitor for symptoms, isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms

International travel

  • Being fully vaccinated prior to travel is highly recommended
  • All international travelers should complete and submit a Travel Safety Plan to covid@mst.edu, regardless of vaccination status
  • Testing is not required prior to leaving the U.S. unless the destination requires it (if you are fully vaccinated and have no COVID-19 symptoms)
  • Continue to follow CDC precautions of mask wearing, social distancing, frequent hand hygiene when in public
  • The U.S. requires all international travelers to have a viral test within 72 hours of returning to the U.S. (regardless of vaccination status) or documentation of recovery if you had infection in the preceding three months

Students who request to travel internationally and faculty who accompany them must submit a travel request through the Student International Travel, Risk Assessment and Safety (SITRAS) Committee.

Personal travel

The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow the CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people.

Please do not come to campus if any of the following applies to you after travel:

  • If you have any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea 
  • If you are isolating because you tested positive for COVID-19, are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, or are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19
  • If you have been in close physical contact in the last 14 days with anyone who has any of the symptoms listed above, tested positive for COVID-19 or is waiting a COVID-19 test result.
    • If you are fully vaccinated this does not apply to you.
    • Fully vaccinated means you have received both doses of two-dose vaccinates (Pfizer or Moderna), and it has been at least two weeks since your second dose of vaccine.
    • Or you received a one-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson), and it has been two weeks since your one dose.

International personal travel

Any student, faculty member or staff member who travels internationally should follow CDC guidelines and postpone travel until fully vaccinated.

All international travelers should complete and submit a Travel Safety Plan to covid@mst.edu, regardless of vaccination status.

Please follow CDC guidance before and after international travelwww.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html

The U.S. requires all international travelers to have a viral test within 72 hours of returning to the U.S. (regardless of vaccination status) or documentation of recovery if they had COVID-19 infection in the preceding three months. Continue to follow CDC precautions of mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand hygiene when in public.

The CDC will not require further testing in the three months after a positive test if the traveler has no symptoms. In this situation, a passenger may travel with documentation of the positive test result and a letter from a health care provider or a public health official stating that the traveler has been cleared for travel.  

For more information on how to gauge your risk of COVID-19 infection with international or cruise travel, see the CDC’s risk assessment guidance.

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