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 the virus.  It is recommended that all non-essential travel be cancelled or postponed at this time.

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

Before Travel:

  • If you are ill or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days do not travel.
  • Consider current level of community spread in your own community and that of your travel destination
  • If you, your family or household member or travel companion(s) are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, travel should be reconsidered.
  • If one must travel, it is important to research current travel restrictions in place, including mandatory quarantine upon arrival at your destination or upon return home from the destination. Research of state and local health departments and CDC travel restrictions should be included in pre-travel planning. Additionally, plan to check for updates as travel restrictions may be put in place as you travel. This could include border closures, shelter in place orders or mandated quarantines.
  • Be prepared for changing travel restrictions and isolating in place if you get sick.
  • Consider mode of travel and accommodations. Limit prolonged exposure to others where 6 feet of social distancing can not be maintained such as in crowded airports, on a crowded plane, bus or train. Check with hotels ahead regarding mitigation strategies in place (staff wearing facial coverings, contactless check in and payment, plexiglass at registration desk, physical distancing signs and cleaning and disinfecting practices)
  • 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:

  • 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 yourself for symptoms and take your temperature daily
  • 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 use of elevators

After Travel:

  • Monitor yourself for symptoms and check your temperature twice per day for 14 days.
  • Stay home as much as possible during this time – observe quarantine if indicated per travel guidance.
  • Seek medical care and possible testing for COVID-19 if you develop symptoms including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of sense of taste or smell sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

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