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Domestic or Inbound Travel

Domestic travel as well as inbound travel to the US and/or MSU may resume following pre-COVID travel procedures. All travelers must continue to follow the health and safety measures outlined below.

Travel Health Guidance

Do not travel if:

  • You are sick.
  • You test positive for COVID-19.
  • You come into contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • You have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

While traveling:

  • Wear a mask at all times except to eat or drink.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Practice good hygiene which includes frequently washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Comply with all guidance you receive from officials.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to review the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

If traveling to MSU from outside of the US, please review the most recent CDC guidelines for international travel to the US.

Domestic Travel Guidance

Effective May 14, 2021, MSU-sponsored domestic travel authorization has returned to the processes used prior to the pandemic, with leadership of the unit approving such travel.

As always, anyone traveling on MSU business should go through the travel authorization process in Concur. For a review of the travel authorization process, please refer to the MSU Travel Office.

All MSU domestic travel must follow the minimum health and safety measures below. Travelers are also encouraged to consider these pre-travel health considerations and review these additional travel health and safety resources.

Minimum Health and Safety Measures

  1. Travelers should assess their suitability for travel by reviewing public health guidance, reviewing COVID-19 spread at destination, and discussing travel plans with their primary care physician.
  2. Traveler abides by all local restrictions at destination(s).
  3. Travel should involve the fewest staff needed to complete the activity while assuring employee safety.
  4. Travel by car preferred (private vehicle, rented/Motor Pool vehicle, taxi/rideshare permitted so long as physical distancing maintained). Air travel and public transportation is permitted.
  5. Maintain physical distancing during travel and at worksite(s) when possible.
  6. Travel with food/water to avoid unnecessary stops. If necessary, obtain food from places that allow physical distancing (drive-through, take-away).
  7. Carry hand sanitizer and disinfectant to sanitize hands and frequently touched surfaces/equipment. Note that TSA is permitting 12 oz bottles of hand sanitizer on flights.
  8. Wear a mask or cloth face covering in enclosed spaces or if near other people. This includes during a flight when a mask should only be removed to eat or drink.
  9. Wear PPE as applicable to setting (e.g., health care worker).
  10. Traveler must follow all TSA and airline health and safety requirements and may refuse to board a flight if they feel unsafe.
  11. No one can be required to travel as part of their job duties or academic coursework.
  12. Alternate assignments should be provided to any student who does not want to travel as part of an academic course.
  13. Faculty/staff are responsible for enforcing health and safety measures when traveling with students.

Returning to or Visiting MSU

Everyone coming to MSU from in-state, out-of-state, or international locations must follow the general guidance posted on MSU Together We Will. Any international travelers should review applicable CDC guidelines and restrictions for international travelers to the US.

Faculty, staff and students, including visiting scholars, must follow the vaccination mandate. Please refer to Together We Will's Vaccine FAQ section.

All visitors to campus must follow all MSU health and safety guidelines which include:

  • Wear a mask in classrooms, research spaces, health care facilities, and veterinary medical facilities.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Stay home if sick, if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • All other guidance from MSU Together We Will.

Units sponsoring incoming visitors for programmatic activities should be prepared to reschedule or cancel the visit if the public health situation on campus or at point of departure worsens. Units are also responsible for communicating and assisting with MSU health and safety guidelines. To the extent possible, virtual attendance and/or remote hosting should be considered in all cases.

A toll-free COVID-19 hotline at 888-353-1294 is available to answer questions from the campus community about the university's response to COVID-19.