Travel Advisories

The 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak is dramatically impacting international and domestic travel. The U.S. State Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and White House have all issued travel advisories or declarations during the past few months. 

All university-sponsored international travel is suspended until May 15. The current end date will be reevaluated and likely extended. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips between now and then. Faculty, staff, and graduate/professional students currently abroad should contact the Office of International Health and Safety for further guidance.

University-sponsored non-essential domestic travel is also suspended until May 15. A waiver is required for business essential travel; it can only be granted by the provost, a vice president or the president through the following form and must be approved before a trip begins. In-state travel is permitted to perform one’s essential job duties, but also requires a waiver. Non-essential in-state travel to state conferences or other gatherings should not occur.

MSU's high-risk destination policy remains in force for faculty, staff, sponsored travelers and graduate students who need to conduct essential travel.

Many conference organizations are taking precautionary measures and canceling conferences. In addition, many travelers are not comfortable traveling during the pandemic. View the guidelines for travel impacted by the new coronavirus.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and MSU's recommendations may change. If you're planning future travel, we strongly recommend keeping your travel plans as flexible as possible.

  • For general international travel health and safety questions, contact the Office of International Health and Safety.
    If you're abroad on MSU-sponsored international travel and have specific questions, contact International SOS at (215) 942-8478.
  • If you're considering international travel and you have a specific health question, contact the MSU Travel Clinic.
  • If you are an international student or scholar and you have questions about re-entry into the United States, contact the Office of International Students and Scholars.

U.S. Government Travel Advisories

Guidelines for travel impacted by the novel coronavirus

Many conference organizations are taking precautionary measures and canceling conferences. In addition, many travelers are not comfortable traveling during the epidemic. View the guidelines for travel impacted by the new coronavirus.

Travel to/from countries with CDC Warning Level 3 Health Notice

The CDC has issued guidance recommending anyone who has traveled to a country under a Warning - Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel)  to practice social distancing for 14 days after returning to the U.S. Travelers from certain countries may undergo enhanced screening procedures upon entry to the U.S.

For those who are returning or have already returned from travel in these areas, there are a few steps the CDC says you should take to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also, watch for a cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride-shares during this time.
  • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

And if you have traveled to any of these affected areas during the past 14 days and feel sick with a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher) or cough or have trouble breathing:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a medical office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor or provider about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

MSU is prepared to support any student following CDC guidelines for social distancing and self-monitoring with the university's well-established medical accommodation policies to ensure the medical and academic needs of all students are met. Students can request these supports by contacting their academic advisers.

Faculty and staff who have traveled to these affected areas and are following CDC guidelines should work with their supervisor for medical accommodations, including working remotely. Additionally, Residential and Hospitality Services will make room and board accommodations available for students, faculty or staff who have traveled to the affected areas and need separate housing to complete their self-isolation. Those needing special accommodations should contact MSU Live On at 517-884-1783.