What you need to know

  • 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. 
  • MSU-sponsored domestic travel authorization has returned to the processes used prior to the pandemic.
  • Students planning to travel on MSU-sponsored group domestic travel are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. The reason for this advice is that if one student in a group traveling together contracts COVID-19, the entire group could be put in quarantine if they are not vaccinated, depending on local public health policy.
  • For faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated, there will be a more streamlined review process for international travel. Faculty, staff, and sponsored guests are asked to attest to their vaccination status in the MAU Approval Form, which, along with the Waiver Application Form to travel internationally, is still required at least three weeks prior to departure. Unvaccinated faculty, staff, and sponsored guests traveling internationally must follow the Faculty and Staff Travel Review Committee review process.
  • For graduate students who are fully vaccinated, there will be fewer restrictions on travel to an increased number of international sites, with an expedited process of approval for MSU-sponsored travel. Application for MAU approval and waiver to travel internationally is still required at least three weeks prior to departure. For unvaccinated graduate travelers there is an approval process through RSAC that takes into consideration COVID-19 rates at destination.
  • For MSU-sponsored undergraduate group international travel, such as faculty-directed education abroad, vaccination will be required as a condition of acceptance for these group trips. Individuals wishing to participate in these programs will be asked to attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status. 
  • Please visit the Office for Global Health, Safety and Security website for the complete requirements for all categories of MSU travelers.