Coronavirus Information Travel Guidance

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 and may be required for certain destinations or for returning to the U.S. if traveling internationally. Booster doses are highly recommended to those eligible.

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.

General travel guidelines and recommendations: It should be noted that some regions have travel restrictions that may include a quarantine or isolation period, COVID testing, and/or vaccination requirement, which may impact an individual’s ability to work. Hence, such factors need to be considered when approving travel requests. Review the regulations governing travel to and from your destination.  Be prepared to follow all state and local recommendations and requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing. Current information about locations throughout the world are provided by the CDC and the U.S. Department of State. 

All travelers (university-related and/or personal) and those leaders approving travel should closely review and follow the below guidelines based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Domestic Travel:

International Travel:

After Travel: Do not come to campus if any of the following applies to you after travel:

  • If you have any  COVID-19 symptoms which may be mild common cold-like symptoms, especially if you have been vaccinated.  
  • 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 10 days to a person suspected or diagnosed with Covid-19,  regardless of vaccination status.  Email covid@mst.edu if this applies to you.

Study Abroad and Student University-Related International Travel: 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

International travel

Guidance for travel is continually changing. Be sure to review the CDC and the U.S. Department of State requirements and recommendations for before and after international travel.  Travel is still discouraged, but if you must travel, being fully vaccinated is highly recommended and may be required for your destination or for your return to the U.S.

CDC also advises all eligible individuals receive a Covid-19 booster dose. If your initial vaccination series was received outside of the U.S., the CDC advises individuals 16 and older receive a single booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.

Since Dec. 6, 2021, all air passengers travelling internationally and regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than one day before travel to the United States. Either NAAT/PCR or Antigen testing will be allowed.  

What to do to board a flight to the U.S.

Since Nov. 8, 2021, non-U.S. citizens who are non-U.S. immigrants seeking to enter the U.S. by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated with an FDA approved or emergency use authorized or a World Health Organization emergency use listed Covid-19 vaccination. There are limited exceptions to this requirement. Individuals granted an exception and any unvaccinated U.S. citizens must follow more stringent requirements.  Review CDC’s travel assessment section to find out what is needed to board a flight to the U.S

  • During travel: Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Travel should be postponed if you develop Covid-19 symptoms, test positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed to a person suspected or diagnosed with Covid-19 in the previous 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.  Reach out to covid@mst.edu for further guidance if this applies to you.
  • Get a viral test 3-5 days after international travel.  Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptomsisolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.  If you are not fully vaccinated, stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after international travel, even if you test negative at 3-5 days.

New students arriving to campus from international locations

Student pre-departure COVID-19 testing for international travel

If you are a current student planning for international travel, you will need to research the specific Covid-19 testing requirements for your destination and for your return to the U.S.  Covid-19 vaccination is strongly encouraged, especially prior to any travel and may be required for certain destinations and for returning to the U.SBooster doses are recommended to those who qualify. Keep in mind, travel is still risky and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for contracting and possibly spreading Covid-19 variants. 

Most international destinations require specifically PCR/NAT Covid-19 testing with results usually within 72 hours of travel.  You need to review with your destination and the airline on your specific needs and plan accordingly.

Student Health Services works with the Phelps Health lab on PCR testing with results typically within 48 hours. You will need to call and make an appointment at Student Health for this testing. Insurance information is submitted to the lab with the testing, but there is no guarantee that insurance will cover testing for travel.  

Student Health Services is not open on Saturdays, Sundays, or campus holidays/closures, so if your travel plans require your testing to be done during those times, you will need to make other arrangements.

Phelps Health Immediate Care located at 603 S. Bishop Avenue (573-364-4411) and Rolla Family Clinic located at 416 S. Bishop Avenue (573-426-5900) also offer PCR testing, but this will likely involve an office visit charge as well.  You may call them to discuss their fees and services.  Other locations in Rolla that offer PCR testing cannot guarantee results in time for travel, including CVS and Walgreens pharmacies. 

There are rapid PCR testing sites near the St Louis and Chicago airports.  Appointments are usually required, and their websites review costs and scheduling.

 St Louis: https://www.arcpointlabs.com/st-louis-west/request-anappointment/

https://www.passporthealthusa.com/locations/mo/st.-louis/150/

Chicago:  https://www.passporthealthusa.com/locations/il/chicago/covid-19-testing-in-chicago/

Additional resources

  • CDC’s risk assessment guidance.
  • U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories
  • U.S. Department of State Country Specific Information
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Health Notices
  • Questions or concerns regarding travel, email covid@mst.edu.