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Arriving or Returning to MSU

All MSU travelers—domestic and international—who are incoming to campus are asked to follow MSU health protocols for inbound travelers. 


Travelers coming to any of MSU's campuses from outside the state of Michigan are asked to follow the applicable protocol outlined below. Your participation in this protocol will help support the health of MSU travelers and the Spartan community. 

The principles guiding these travel health protocols are available for review.


MSU Health Protocol for All Travelers Coming to Campus from Within the US

Do not travel if:

  • You are sick
  • You test positive for COVID-19
  • You come into contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • You have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath

While traveling:

  • Wear a mask at all times except to eat or drink
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Practice good hygiene which includes frequently washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available
  • Comply with all guidance you receive from officials

Are you are traveling to campus from a US state that has a risk level of "active or imminent outbreak" (i.e. is the color red on the map below) on the day of your departure? This includes any states you will transit through if you are there for 24 hours or more. 
 

If yes... students are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival on campus. Faculty, staff, and visitors are strongly recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival on campus. Then everyone must follow MSU guidelines for keeping Spartans safe.

Self-quarantine means you should stay home for 14 days and monitor your health.

  • Stay home for 14 days. Leave home only to obtain medical care.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

  • If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Here is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on the distinction between self-quarantine and self-isolation.

If no... follow MSU guidelines for keeping Spartans safe.


All travelers to campus must follow general MSU health guidance for the duration of their time on campus.


Students traveling to campus and living in MSU housing are encouraged to contact Residence Education and Housing Services for more information.

Here is a visual overview of the inbound travel health protocol for travelers coming to MSU from within the U.S.

MSU Health Protocol for All Travelers Coming to Campus from Outside the US

Do not travel if: 

  • You are sick
  • You test positive for COVID-19
  • You come into contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • You have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath

While traveling:

  • Wear a mask at all times except to eat or drink
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Practice good hygiene which includes frequently washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available
  • Comply with all guidance you receive from officials

Are you are traveling from a country with a red or orange risk level? This includes any countries you will transit through if you are there for 24 hours or more. Select "Worldwide" on the left side of the map below to view the latest country risk levels from the Harvard Global Health Institute. 


Visit the Harvard Global Health Institute directly for a larger version of this map, criteria for each risk level and a table listing each country's current status.

If yes... students are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival on campus. Faculty, staff, and visitors are strongly recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival on campus. Then everyone must follow MSU guidelines for keeping Spartans safe.

Self-quarantine means you should stay home for 14-days and monitor your health.

  • Stay home for 14 days.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Here is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on the distinction between self-quarantine and self-isolation


If no... follow MSU guidelines for keeping Spartans safe


All travelers to campus must follow general MSU health guidance for the duration of their time on campus.

Students traveling to campus and living in MSU housing are encouraged to contact Residence Education and Housing Services for more information.

Here is a visual overview of the inbound travel health protocol for travelers coming to MSU from outside the U.S.


Information for All Visitors to Campus 

All visitors to campus must follow the travel health protocols above which may include self-quarantining for 14-days before visiting campus.

All visitors must exercise good judgment and abide by campus and local public health policies while in East Lansing, including wearing a face covering at all times while on campus and in public areas in East Lansing. Please carefully review the MSU Community Compact.

All visitors proposing short stays (less than two weeks) from countries designated as red or orange, according to the Harvard Global Health Institute map, should postpone their trips until their country no longer has an orange or red designation since they will be required to self-quarantine upon arrival to East Lansing for 14 days.

Units sponsoring incoming visitors for programmatic activities should be prepared to reschedule or cancel the visit if the public health situation on campus or at point of departure worsens. Units are also responsible for communicating and assisting with self-quarantine requirements. To the extent possible, virtual attendance and/or remote hosting should be considered in all cases.

More resources for visitors to campus.


A toll-free hotline has been set up at 888-353-1294 to answer questions from the campus community about the university's response to COVID-19.

Students traveling to campus and living in MSU housing are encouraged to contact Residence Education and Housing Services for more information about these protocols and move-in.