Travel

What you need to know

After careful consideration of the high COVID-19 vaccination rate on campus, the re-opening of international borders, and the successful resumption of many global programs and activities, MSU has approved the following international travel policies and procedures, effective Monday, May 2, 2022.

International travel for faculty, staff and sponsored guests

  • The MAU approval form and COVID-19 international waiver request form are no longer required for faculty, staff and sponsored guest travel.
  • All MSU-sponsored travelers must register their travel in the Global Travel Registry and, as applicable, submit a Request in Concur. Please refer to the MSU Manual of Business Procedures, Travel Policies & Procedures.
  • Travel to elevated or extreme risk destinations is subject to additional review by the Office for Global Health, Safety and Security (Global Safety). Global Safety may prompt the traveler to complete an online travel waiver as needed as well as refer the waiver to the Faculty and Staff Travel Review Committee (FASTR) for further review. Travel requests must be submitted three weeks in advance of the departure date.
  • MSU-sponsored travelers are eligible for MSU-provided international travel health insurance and support from Global Safety. A new coverage benefit has been added to MSU’s international travel health insurance for travelers directed to quarantine by a physician; please review the complete coverage details.
  • Travel to the United States from an international location does not require Global Safety approval.

International travel for students 

Important to remember for all travelers:

  • Monitor local health conditions and entry restrictions for the U.S. and all international destinations including points of transit. These restrictions may differ depending on citizenship/immigration status, vaccination status, or the point(s) of departure/transit as well as any other travel in the 14 days prior. If traveling internationally, resources include the U.S. Department of State, the CDC, and the Harvard/Brown Global Health Institute. For specific guidance on your traveling plans, Sherpa or TravelDoc outline all COVID and visa-related restrictions in your destination country and passport.
  • Anyone traveling by plane to the United States from an international location must present proof of a negative viral COVID test within one day of departure to the United States. This requirement applies to everyone including citizens and permanent residents. It’s also required even if the traveler has been fully vaccinated against COVID. Non-U.S. citizens, non-US immigrants must also be fully vaccinated to travel to the U.S. by plane. Please review detailed guidance from the CDC.
  • Get fully vaccinated before you leave on MSU-sponsored international travel, including receiving a booster vaccination, if eligible. Some countries may require a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated and/or vaccination within the past nine months to be considered fully vaccinated. For more information on where to get a COVID-19 vaccine, visit vaccines.gov. Visit the CDC for more information on booster shot recommendations.
  • Do not travel if you are sick.
  • Download the International SOS app and/or register online for country-specific International SOS alerts. Sign in to internationalsos.com with MSU membership # 11BCAS798617.

These policies and procedures are subject to regular review and may change as needed to protect the Spartan community. As always, refer to the Office for Global Health, Safety and Security website for the most up-to-date international travel policies and procedures.