Personal Travel Guidance

Revised 4/29/2021

Risk levels for COVID-19 vary significantly between communities, states and countries. Additionally, risk levels may fluctuate over relatively short periods of time. Travel to areas with high rates of community transmission increases 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.

Guidance:

To protect the health of the GVSU community, employees and students are encouraged to refrain from personal travel due to the 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. Some states may have testing or quarantine requirements.
  • For international travel, individuals are encouraged to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel recommendations by country.
    During travel, and while at destination, employees and students are strongly encouraged to follow all CDC guidance for travelers to reduce risk of contracting and spreading the virus.
  • Get vaccinated for COVID-19. Wait at least 2 weeks after your final dose to travel.
  • 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 is not available.

 

 

For Domestic and International Travel, individuals are strongly recommended to take the following steps (see applicable sections if fully vaccinated or not).

 

Fully vaccinated: (travel started at least 2 weeks after the final vaccine) or have had COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to travel:

Domestic Travel:

  • Complete your self-assessment daily for 14 days following return from travel.
  • Follow the directions to schedule a test and quarantine if you develop symptoms or have a known exposure.
  • You are not required to test prior to or after domestic travel.  

 

International Travel:

Before/during travel:

  • Obtain a COVID-19 test 1-3 days prior to departure.
    • Do not travel if your test is positive.
  • Follow requirements for testing and quarantine for the airline and your destination, which may differ from the U.S. requirements.
  • All air passengers entering the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated individuals, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test no more than 3 days prior to travel OR documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the 3 months prior to the flight.

After travel:

  • Obtain a test 3-5 days after you return from travel.
    • Self-isolate if the test is positive
  • Complete daily self-assessments for 14 days after your return.

Obtain a test, or a repeat test, if you develop symptoms

 

If NOT fully vaccinated: (no vaccines, partial vaccine series or last vaccine was less than 2 weeks prior to travel starting):

Before/during travel - Domestic

  • Obtain a COVID-19 test 1-3 days prior to departure.
    • Do not travel if your test is positive.


Before/during travel- International:

  • Follow requirements for testing and quarantine for the airline and your destination, which may differ from the U.S. requirements.
  • All air passengers entering the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated individuals, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test no more than 3 days prior to travel OR documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the 3 months prior to the flight.

Following travel – Domestic and International:

  • Self-quarantine is strongly recommended upon return:
  • 7 days if you receive a negative COVID-19 test 3-5 days after you return.
    • Self-isolation will be required if the test is positive.
  • 10 days if you are not tested after you return from travel.
  • Complete self-assessment for 14 days to monitor for symptoms
  • Maintain social distance from anyone who did not travel with you
  • Wear a mask, in public and anytime you are with others who did not travel with you.

 

The GVSU self-assessment will reflect the green “passed” screen (if no symptoms or known exposure).


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

 

Approval:

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