Travel guidance

Travel increases the risk of exposure to COVID-19; therefore, everyone is encouraged to carefully review the following guidance before engaging in any form of travel to or from the University of Missouri campus.

Currently, face coverings are required on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.​ Wearing a face covering while on public conveyances and at transportation hubs is required. Additionally, the CDC recommends using a face covering when using private modes of transportation when traveling with those who do not live with you.

Before you travel

  • Review data on the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus, in Columbia/Boone County and in your final destination.
  • Review the regulations governing travel to your destination. Some states require the completion of a travelers’ form prior to arrival, along with specific restrictions and testing requirements after arrival.
  • Remember that if you become infected or if you are exposed to a person who is confirmed to be infected, you will need to isolate or quarantine before traveling. Travelers who are ill, are infected or have recently been exposed to the virus will not be allowed to board public forms of transportation, such as airplanes and trains.
  • Consider your own physical and mental health when assessing your ability to travel away from campus.

Prior to departure

  • Minimize your risk of exposure and infection during the weeks leading to departure from campus (14 days is best). Any exposures could disrupt travel plans.
  • Reduce the number of people you have close contact with prior to the trip. Any close interaction with people outside your immediate household or roommates will present an opportunity for infection.

Additional travel information

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Travel advice:

  • Reduce the number of stops on your trip. Take a direct flight if possible, and if driving, pack food/snacks for the car trip.
  • Delay travel if sick or exposed. Anyone feeling ill, recently diagnosed with COVID-19 (within 10 days of your test date or symptom onset) or exposed to someone with COVID-19 (within 14 days) should self-isolate and delay travel. Follow guidance from your health care provider regarding when recommended isolation/quarantine periods are complete and travel can be resumed. If you are a student and you are experiencing symptoms or concerns about your ability to travel, contact the Student Health Center at 573-882-7481 for further guidance.
  • Take safety precautions during travel, especially if using public transportation. Wear a face covering at all times and stay at least 6 feet away from others. If this is not possible, sit as far away from other passengers as possible. Carry and use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) frequently.
  • The least risky option is private transportation by yourself. If in a car with others outside your household, wear a mask and sit in the back seat if someone else is driving. If weather conditions permit, open the windows.
  • Use a disinfecting/sanitizing wipe to clean any touchable surfaces in the vehicle in which you are traveling. This includes planes, trains and other forms of transportation.

Please see the CDC international travel and domestic travel guidelines for more information.

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Travel advice for fully vaccinated individuals:

  • Fully vaccinated people can resume domestic travel and do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • Fully vaccinated people do not need to get tested before leaving the United States (unless required by the destination) or self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States. However, it is still recommended that vaccinated individuals get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
  • Please continue to take precautions when traveling including wearing a mask, social distancing and avoiding large in-person gatherings.

Please see the CDC international travel and domestic travel guidelines for more information.