What you need to know

  • Students, faculty and staff returning to East Lansing from outside communities — whether in-state, national or international — must quarantine upon their arrival. Students are to remain in their local residences, leaving only for life-sustaining activities, such as seeking medical care, purchasing food or groceries or exercising outdoors. This effort will be most effective if adhered to for at least 10 days. 
  • As of Jan. 26, 2021, anyone traveling by plane to the United States from an international location must present proof of a negative viral COVID test within 72 hours of departure to the U.S. This requirement applies to everyone including citizens and permanent residents. It’s also required even if the traveler has been fully vaccinated against COVID. Please review detailed guidance from the CDC.
  • All MSU travelers — domestic and international — who are returning to campus are asked to follow MSU health protocols for inbound travelers. This includes following all health and safety guidelines outlined in the MSU Community Compact, filling out the daily health screening form and quarantining for 10-14 days upon returning to campus. 
  • For those  instances where non-MSU travelers are visiting campus in a professional capacity, they must follow all health and safety guidelines outlined in the MSU Community Compact and fill out the daily health screening form. Any such incoming visits should be reconsidered at this time if possible.
  • Faculty who are fully vaccinated will no longer be subject to a full travel review by the Faculty and Staff Travel Review (FASTR) Committee unless there are security or safety issues. The dean approval on health waivers will also not be required for those faculty who are fully vaccinated.
  • Graduate students who are fully vaccinated now may visit countries with "Orange" risk ratings, as reported by the Global Epidemics website (select the “Worldwide” Geolocation icon) maintained by the Brown School of Public Health and Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. A subcommittee of MSU’s Risk and Security Assessment Committee (RSAC) will review waiver applications for graduate students who are fully vaccinated, expediting decisions for those who are vaccinated.
  • All other travel requirements remain in place. Please see for the complete requirements for all categories of MSU travelers.
  • For those travelers who are approved, they must abide by all public health orders in place at their destination. Upon return to campus, they must follow all health and safety guidelines and they are strongly encouraged to quarantine for 10-14 days upon their return and schedule remote work during that time to limit in-person contact.
  • While upcoming Education Abroad programs are open for applicants, very few trips are being offered at this time. All applicants are advised to develop an academic “back-up plan” by enrolling in regular MSU courses as well. All upcoming EA programs must adhere to new guidelines developed to prioritize the health and safety and mitigate risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic.