Travel Guidance

Marquette University Travel Guidance Related to COVID-19

Situation: Wide based community spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues throughout the United States and many other countries.  Travel anywhere outside one’s own community, domestically or internationally, increases risk of contracting and spreading the virus. It is recommended that all nonessential travel be canceled or postponed at this time unless you have been fully vaccinated.

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University Travel Policy

Consistent with ongoing guidance from the CDC and Marquette Medical Clinic, travel for university business remains limited to essential travel only. We recognize that some travel may be essential to an individual’s job/role at Marquette. The appropriate ULC member is best positioned to determine if travel is essential and to approve such travel requests, using travel guidance from the Marquette Medical Clinic, as well as the academic research guidance from Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, VP for Research and Innovation, when applicable. As part of the approval process, ULC members should confirm the funding source for such travel (operating budget or grant funding).

All international travel requires additional approval from the Office of International Education in consultation with the Marquette Medical Clinic.

Any individual or group approved for travel will need to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols that apply on campus and to follow the travel guidance from the Marquette Medical Clinic.

This policy remains in effect until the CDC changes guidance on travel.

Academic research travel policy guidance (updated 5/6/21)

University travel for the purposes of attending research conferences will be allowed, contingent on the ability to travel safely, the local guidelines at the destination, and available funding. Faculty seeking to attend an in-person conference will need to request and receive approval from their dean prior to making any travel plans. Note that University funding for conference attendance will be limited. Essential travel is also allowed for conducting research, defined at this time as travel to locations outside of the Milwaukee metropolitan area to perform research that cannot be done via remote alternatives and that is time-sensitive and cannot be reasonably postponed (e.g., work with project deadlines, grant milestones, funding timelines, faculty at critical career junctures, graduate students who need to complete degree requirements, or field work with seasonally dependent data collection).

Researchers who wish to engage in essential research travel, as defined above, must request and receive permission from their dean prior to scheduling any travel. The general university travel guidance provided above must be followed. Faculty (including graduate students on assistantships) should discuss with their deans how to mitigate potential impact on other university duties if they end up needing to quarantine after returning or if they cannot return as initially planned, as part of the approval process. Note that travel to international destinations, whether for conferences or for conducting research, will be reviewed with respect to the current U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Updated information for fully vaccinated travelers

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19.
  • People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States:
    • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it.
    • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine.
  • International travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.
  • If you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine and travel internationally:
    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving United States unless your destination requires it.
    • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 1 day before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel before they board a flight to the United States. Learn more about CDC international travel guidelines.
  • After international travel:
    • Get tested with a viral test three to five days after travel.
    • You do not need to quarantine after arriving in the United States.
    • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel. 
  • Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow the CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely, including:
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
    • Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

Travel information for unvaccinated individuals

Nonessential travel should be postponed until you are fully vaccinated.

Essential travel: If it is determined that you must travel, it is imperative to consider several key factors:

Before travel:


After travel (for unvaccinated travelers):

  • Get tested with a viral test three to five days after travel AND stay home and quarantine for a full seven days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and quarantine for the full seven days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.


Items to pack

  • Cloth face coverings
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Enough prescription medication for your entire trip, including possible extension if you require isolation or quarantine or new travel restrictions are put in place during your trip

During Travel for all travelers

  • Wear cloth facial coverings in all public spaces
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Maintain 6 feet social distancing when at all possible
  • Frequently wash your hand or use hand sanitizer
  • Monitor for symptoms
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Choose carry-out food options; if you must dine at a restaurant, choose outdoor spaces that are socially distanced and where facial coverings are mandated and patrons are screened.
  • Consider taking the stairs rather than elevators