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What You Need to Know: Travel

Students and employees are expected to follow University travel guidelines to help prevent spread of COVID-19.


Safer Travel

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are able to get fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.
  • Some people should not travel. People who are sick with symptoms of COVID-19, have recently tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 pose a very high risk to others during travel should not travel.
  • While you are traveling, it is possible a state or local government may put into place travel restrictions, such as stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, mandated quarantines upon arrival, or even state border closures. Check each state and location’s cases and travel restrictions before you travel.

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Important information

Protect Yourself and Others While Traveling

The CDC and West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources offers specific guidance for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home, and including when using public transportation.
    • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs, such as airports and stations, whether you are vaccinated or not.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Watch your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick.
  • Don’t travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.
  • Consult your physician or seek COVID-19 testing if any symptoms develop.

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WVU Travel Guidelines

The University continues to discourage any unvaccinated student or employee from unnecessary personal travel to locations other than their home and campus. There is ongoing transmission of COVID-19 infection and variants within the U.S. and in international destinations.

Business Travel

  • University-related international and domestic business travel for WVU students and employees will remain limited and require prior approval by the unit's vice president or dean of the college/school.
  • Travel related to externally funded projects does not require vice president or dean approval.

Domestic Personal Travel

All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attest through the University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Verification System that they have received a vaccine and continue to follow public health guidance when traveling.

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19.
  • People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization can travel safely within the United States:
    • Fully vaccinated travelers may not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it or symptoms develop.
    • Fully vaccinated travelers may not need to self-quarantine.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow 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.
    • Check travel restrictions for the area to which you are traveling.
  • After traveling:
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

International Travel Guidance

  • Vaccinated individuals who are traveling internationally do not need to quarantine upon return, but should get tested 3-5 days after travel and self-monitor for symptoms.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are strongly discouraged from traveling internationally. If an individual is unvaccinated and chooses to travel internationally, they should get tested with a viral COVID-19 test 3-5 days after travel and self-quarantine if symptoms are present.
    • If you are not fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends delaying international travel.

Guidelines for Clinical Faculty, Residents and Fellows

  • WVU clinical faculty, residents and fellows will follow the WVU Medicine guidelines.
  • WVU Health Sciences students will follow the WVU Travel guidelines.

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WVU Medicine Travel Guidelines

Due to the nature of their work, WVU clinical faculty, residents and fellows will follow WVU Medicine guidelines on travel:

  • For domestic travel: An employee who visited a domestic location and who is asymptomatic can return to work with no restrictions. The employee will be required to wear a face mask and self-monitor for symptoms.
  • For international travel/cruise ship travel:
    • If an employee has received the COVID vaccine, and it has been 14 days after the second dose and they have visited an international location or were on a cruise ship within 3 months of receiving the second dose; no quarantine is necessary.
    • If an employee has not received the COVID vaccine and has visited an international location or were on a cruise ship; prior to starting or returning to work, they must self-quarantine/self-monitor for 5 days, then come to work with surgical mask/appropriate mask and any other required appropriate PPE.
    • If an employee has tested positive for COVID and they have traveled internationally within 3 months of initial diagnosis; no quarantine is necessary. If it is after the 3 months and they have traveled internationally, they must self-quarantine/self-monitor for 5 days, then come to work with surgical mask/appropriate mask and any other required appropriate PPE.

Other faculty, staff and students should follow WVU Travel Guidelines.

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Study Abroad

  • The Office of Global Affairs will continue to review and evaluate any proposed study abroad trips on a case-by-case basis, allowing for appropriate travel preparation.
  • Faculty, staff or students who choose to travel outside the country for any reason should register their international travel to ensure they receive necessary travel alerts and can receive available support.

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