Travel Guidance

Marquette University Travel Guidance Related to COVID-19

Situation: Community spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues throughout the United States and many other countries. CDC's new COVID-19 Community Levels recommendations do not change current travel requirements, including the requirement to wear masks on public transportation and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs. Travel anywhere outside one’s own community, domestically or internationally, may increase your risk of contracting the virus. Check your destination's COVID-19 situation before traveling. It is recommended that travel be delayed if you are not up to date on COVID vaccination.

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Updated information for travelers fully up to date with COVID-19 vaccination

  • People who are up to date with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States:
    • Travelers up to date with COVID vaccination do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it.
    • Travelers up to date with COVID vaccination do not need to self-quarantine.
    • If you are ill or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 10 days or are waiting for COVID-19 test results, do not travel.
  • International travel poses additional risks, and even travelers who are up to date with COVID vaccination are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants. Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself from severe disease and slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • If you are up to date with an FDA-authorized vaccine and travel internationally:
    • If you are ill or have been in contact with someone with COVID-10 in the past 10 days or are waiting for COVID-19 test results, do not travel.
    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving United States unless your destination requires it.
    • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 1 day before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel before they board a flight to the United States. 
    • If you are a non-U.S. citizen who is a nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa), you will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before you travel by air to the United States from a foreign country. A booster dose is not needed to meet this requirement. Learn more from the CDC.
  • After international travel:
    • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
    • You do not need to quarantine after arriving in the United States.
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel. 
  • Travelers who are up to date with COVID-19 vaccination should still follow CDC's recommendations for traveling safely, including:
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
    • Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

Travel information for unvaccinated individuals and those who are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccination

Nonessential travel should be postponed until you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccination.

Essential travel: If it is determined that you must travel, it is imperative to consider several key factors:

Before travel:

  • If you are ill or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 10 days or are waiting for COVID-19 test results, do not travel.
  • Get a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Consider the current level of community spread in your own community and that of your travel destination.
  • If you, your family or household member or travel companion(s) are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, travel should be reconsidered. Read more about these considerations
  • If one must travel, it is important to research current travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements and mandatory quarantine upon arrival at your destination or upon return home from the destination. Research state and local health departments and CDC travel restrictions by destination prior to traveling. Additionally, plan to check for updates as restrictions may be put in place as you travel. This could include border closures, shelter in place orders or mandated quarantines. Resources:
  • Be prepared for changing travel restrictions and isolating in place if you get sick.
  • Consider your mode of travel and accommodations. Limit prolonged exposure to others where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained, such as in crowded airports or on a crowded plane, bus or train. Check with hotels regarding mitigation strategies in place (e.g., staff wearing facial coverings, contactless check in and payment, plexiglass at registration desk, physical distancing signs and cleaning and disinfecting practices).
  • Please note many airlines and international destinations require a negative COVID-19 viral test prior to departure. Resource:
  • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens regardless of vaccination status, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 1 day before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel before they board a flight to the United States. Learn more about CDC international travel guidelines.
  • If you are a non-U.S. citizein who is a nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa), you will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before you travel by air to the United States from a foreign country. A booster dose is not needed to meet this requirement. Resource:

 

After travel for unvaccinated travelers and those not up to date on COVID vaccination:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and quarantine for a full 5 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and quarantine for the full 5 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 10 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

 

Items to pack

  • Well-fitting masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Enough prescription medication for your entire trip, including possible extension if you require isolation or quarantine or new travel restrictions are put in place during your trip

During travel for all travelers

  • Wear well-fitting masks in all public spaces in areas with high COVID-19 Community Level and where required
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Maintain 6 feet social distancing when at all possible
  • Frequently wash your hands or use hand sanitizer
  • Self-monitor for symptoms
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • CDC: How to Protect Yourself & Others

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