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.

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.

At least two weeks 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.
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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 is safest) 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.
  • 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.


CDC guidelines for travel