Coronavirus Information Travel Guidance

Travel guidance for pre-travel/event testing, students arriving from international locations, visiting scholars

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 travel.  Travelers are encouraged to be up-to-date (which includes booster doses to those eligible) on COVID-19 vaccinations prior to any travel and may be required for certain destinations or for returning to the U.S. if traveling internationally. 

Some regions have travel restrictions that may include a quarantine or isolation period, COVID-19 testing, and/or vaccination requirement, which may impact an individual’s work or academics. 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.  
  • 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.
  • CDC recommends COVID-19 testing 3-5 days after international travel regardless of vaccination status or after domestic travel if not up to date on vaccinations which includes a booster dose when eligible.

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

Be sure to review the CDC and the U.S. Department of State requirements and recommendations for before and after international travel.  Travelers are encouraged to be up-to-date (which includes booster doses to those eligible) on COVID-19 vaccinations prior to any travel and may be required for certain destinations or for returning to the U.S. if traveling internationally. If you received COVID-19 vaccines outside the United States, whether you are up to date depends on which COVID-19 vaccine (and how many doses) you received. Learn more about when people vaccinated outside the United States are considered fully vaccinated. If your initial vaccination series was received outside of the U.S., the CDC advises individuals to receive a booster dose with an mRNA vaccination when eligible.

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

  • 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 10 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.

Student COVID-19 testing for travel or events

If you are a current student needing testing for travel or an event, you will need to research the specific Covid-19 testing requirements for your destination and for your return to the U.S., if travelling internationally.  Covid-19 vaccination is strongly encouraged, especially prior to any travel and may be required for certain destinations or for returning to the U.S.  Travelers are encouraged to be up-to-date (which includes booster doses to those eligible) on COVID-19 vaccinations prior to any travel and may be required for certain destinations or events. 

Most international destinations require specifically PCR/NAAT 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.  Some destinations or events will accept rapid antigen testing which can be scheduled at Student Health with results in 15 minutes.

Student Health Services works with the Phelps Health and Quest labs for 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.

Walgreens and CVS offer COVID-19 PCR/NAAT/Rapid Antigen testing by appointment.  There could be charges incurred for this testing.  Locate a COVID-19 testing site in the U.S. here.

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/NAAT testing, but may include an office visit charge as well.  You may call them to discuss their fees and services. 

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

 New students arriving to campus from international locations

Visiting Scholars

  • Visiting scholars are defined as any short- or long-term research scholar such as post-doc research fellows, research associates and student interns. Visiting scholars and their faculty/department sponsor(s) should review the CDC requirements for travel to and within the United States. See the Student Health Services section for visiting scholars for campus guidelines for those arriving from an international destination, insurance information and area health resources.

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