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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Domestic travel by mass transit if not fully vaccinated and have not had COVID-19 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.
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:
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 email@example.com, regardless of vaccination status.
Please follow CDC guidance before and after international travel: www.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.