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 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, authorization should be made by the appropriate division leader. Decisions regarding travel sponsored by external organizations (not university-sponsored travel) are made at the departmental, college or division level. Everyone who travels on university-related business, whether on internal or external support, should review the Campus Travel Guidelines and should submit a Travel Safety Plan to when requesting travel authorization from their supervisor.

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

Visiting campus? Refer to the Visitors to campus guidelines or email for more information.

Personal travel

For the continued well-being and safety of the S&T community, we strongly discourage all personal travel. Please review the Campus Travel Guidelines for quarantine recommendations for domestic travel.

COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states as well as globally, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick, according to the CDC.

Many U.S. locations are requiring people to self-quarantine for a certain period of time if they have arrived from certain destinations. While Missouri does not currently have any of these state-level restrictions, that could change.

Should you develop a fever, COVID-19 symptoms, be exposed to a known positive or a person being tested for COVID-19 or a person with COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to campus and contact your healthcare provider (students should contact Student Health Services).

If you are tested for COVID-19, considered a close contact to someone who tested positive or someone who is being tested, do not come to campus and email

International personal travel

Any student, faculty member or staff member who travels internationally should follow CDC guidelines and stay home for 14 days from the time they return to the United States before returning to campus and contact for additional guidance.

As of Nov. 21, 2020, the CDC changed the quarantine recommendation to seven days if the traveler tests negative for COVID-19 upon their return. Student health is recommending rapid testing at day five to seven of the seven-day quarantine. If negative, the quarantine period would end after seven days. If the traveler chooses not to be tested, then a 14-day quarantine is recommended. Please email if you plan to travel internationally.

Beginning Jan. 26, 2021, CDC policy requires all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, to get a test for current infection within three days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and to provide written documentation of their test results or proof of having recovered from COVID-19.  Proof of immunization will not be sufficient.

The agency will not require further testing in the three months after a positive test, so long as the traveler has not had any 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 now 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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Domestic (U.S.) travel

Please review the Campus Travel Guidelines for quarantine recommendations for domestic travel.

If you have any questions or concerns about travel, email