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Travel Health Principles


  • The health and safety of both MSU travelers and that of the MSU community are the guideposts that underpin all recommendations for both incoming international and domestic travelers.
  • MSU’s recommendations and guidance is based on reliable data, that is updated daily, takes into account population density, and gathered using robust public health principles.
  • The recommendations are equitable across all MSU travelers, regardless of origin of travel.
  • The nature of the frequent and rapid changes in prevalence of COVID-19 in the US and across the globe require changes to recommended mitigation requirements (quarantine, self-isolation and testing) can be modified easily.


  • This guidance will likely change, as the pandemic changes.
  • The mitigation measures required for those coming from higher prevalence areas, are the same for both incoming international and incoming domestic travelers to MSU.
  • Self-quarantine or self-isolation, if recommended, may be done in the immediate 14 days prior to departure for Michigan or immediately upon arrival in Michigan or split between locations.
  • If new Ingham County or State of Michigan policy changes are mandated, they will become a part of the requirement for all incoming MSU travelers.
  • Travelers who have questions about requirements should send an email to oihs(at)
  • For cases in which there is noncompliance or complicated questions, COVID-19 Task Force leaders will be consulted.
  • Screening measures will not apply to MSU employees or students who travel frequently within Michigan, as a part of their jobs or academic programs.
  • Particular locations with active caseloads that don’t impact an entire state can be augmented with CDC county level data should there be questions about screening and self-isolation requirements.
  • Major Academic Units (MAUs) will review and approve essential domestic travel since these decisions and adherence to requirements must take into account unit-level priorities, including budget considerations, programmatic priorities, and faculty/staff/student welfare.

The following decision trees and related policies / procedures supports MSU’s duty of care and the health and safety of the entire MSU community. The duty of care only works if people take individual responsibility for their actions and follow required processes exhibiting a reciprocal duty of loyalty. By coming to the MSU campus students are now part of a community and this screening process is designed to protect the safety of the entire community for a safe learning and living environment.