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 to help reduce the spread of the virus. During this time, 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 and continue monitoring for symptoms for the remainder of the semester. 
  • 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. Anyone without evidence of a negative test will be denied boarding. 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 rare 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.
  • For employees and students engaged in university-sponsored projects, all university-sponsored travel must be reviewed through the established processes, for both domestic and international travel, with a minimum of three weeks’ notice. Visit the Office of International Health and Safety website for more information.
  • 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.