Personal Travel Guidance 2020

Risk levels for COVID-19 vary significantly between communities, states and countries. Additionally, risk levels may fluctuate over relatively short periods of time. Travelers to areas with higher rates of community transmission have an increased risk of becoming infected and spreading COVID-19 to others. The best way to reduce the risk of becoming ill is to avoid non-essential travel.

This guidance on personal travel is strongly recommended, unless stated as required based upon guidance from the CDC, an executive order, state or federal regulation.


To protect the health of the GVSU community, employees and students are encouraged to refrain from personal travel to areas identified as being at higher risk for COVID-19 transmission. 


Prior to making travel arrangements, employees and students should consider the COVID-19 risk level at their destination. 

  • For domestic travel, the COVID Risk Level map from Harvard Global Health Institute provides risk level by county and state. Higher risk areas are reflected on the map by orange and red colors.  
  • For international travel,  individuals are encouraged to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel recommendations by country.

When travel is occurring to an area where self-quarantine is strongly recommended or required, options for remote work upon return should be discussed with supervisor or faculty prior to departure.

During travel, employees and students are strongly encouraged to follow all CDC guidance for travelers to reduce risk including:

  • Wear a face covering at all times.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places and gatherings where social distancing may be difficult.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer if soap and water not available.

Self-Quarantine Following Travel:

Following travel, employees and students will be asked to indicate their travel destination when completing the GVSU self-assessment.  

Based upon location of travel, self-quarantine for a period of 14 days will be:

  • Strongly recommended following travel to domestic area(s) of higher risk reflected by orange/red on the COVID Risk Level map
  • Required following travel to all international locations.

Employees, including student employees, who are required or strongly recommended to quarantine:

  • May work remotely, if role allows and approved by supervisor.
  • If unable to work remotely, may request EPSL pay, or take additional vacation.

Students who are required or strongly recommended to quarantine should consult with faculty to determine if remote learning is possible.

This guidance will be updated based upon CDC guidelines, executive orders, and other relevant guidance. 



Type of Travel                                         Approval                           Notification of Quarantine Dates

International personal travel                    N/A                                     Appointing Officer & Direct Supervisor

Domestic out of state personal travel      N/A                                     Direct Supervisor

Instate personal travel                             N/A                                     N/A – quarantine not required