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Arriving or Returning to MSU

MSU has issued new guidelines for anyone returning to campus in January. Everyone is asked to self-quarantine for 10-14 days irrespective of travel origination. Please continue to monitor this webpage as guidance may change. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to require that we all be flexible and share in the goal of minimizing infections.


Travel to East Lansing

All undergraduate students returning in January to the East Lansing area (or other MSU campus location) from outside communities are required to self-quarantine for 10 to 14 days.

During this time, undergraduate students are to remain in their local residences, leaving only for life-sustaining activities, such as seeking medical care, purchasing food or groceries or exercising outdoors. Undergraduate classes begin online Jan. 19, 2021. Undergraduate classes scheduled to be in-person will start online on Jan. 19 and will transition to in-person beginning Jan. 25, 2021. 

Undergraduate students must observe the quarantine for at least 10 days and monitor for symptoms for the remainder of the semester. There is no option to test out of quarantine.

The quarantine period may be reduced to 10 days if the two following criteria are met:

  • The individual does not develop any symptoms or clinical evidence of COVID-19 infection during daily symptom monitoring for the 10 days after the last exposure.
  • Daily symptom monitoring continues through day 14 after the last exposure.

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.

All faculty, staff, and graduate/professional students returning in January to the East Lansing area (or other MSU campus location) are strongly recommended to self-quarantine for 10-14 days.

Graduate and professional students have unique academic calendars and their college will be in touch with specific details.

This guidance applies irrespective of travel origination.


Negative COVID-19 Test Required to Enter US

As of January 26, 2021, anyone traveling by plane to the United States from an international location must present proof of a negative viral COVID test (NAAT or antigen) from within 72 hours of departure to the U.S. Anyone without evidence of a negative test will be denied boarding. This requirement applies to everyone including citizens and permanent residents. It’s also required even if the traveler has been fully vaccinated against COVID. Please review detailed guidance from the CDC.


Travel Health Guidance

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

Everyone is strongly encouraged to review the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.


Information for All Visitors to Campus 

A. All units considering sponsoring inbound travel to campus or the East Lansing area should exercise caution and only host essential visits. All visitors are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 10-14 days before coming to campus. For incoming short-term visits (under 5 days) that are deemed essential, a 10–14-day self-quarantine upon arrival may not be possible. Anyone traveling to the United States from an international location, please see section D below.
 

B. All visitors to campus must follow all MSU health and safety guidelines which include:

  • Complete the Spartan Health Screening form each day they are on campus
  • Wear a face covering at all times on campus (indoors and outdoors) and in public areas in East Lansing
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Stay home if sick, if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if possibly exposed to COVID-19
  • All other guidance outlined in the MSU Community Compact.

C. All visitors and units must comply with local, county, and state public health requirements, as well as MSU COVID-19 guidelines. Social interactions such as receptions, hosted dinners, indoor dining, etc. should be avoided unless necessary. If held, they should be restricted to fewer than 6 people, with avoidance of indoor restaurant venues. 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.

D. As of January 26, 2021, anyone traveling by plane to the United States from an international location must present proof of a negative viral test (NAAT or antigen) from within 72 hours of departure to the U.S. Anyone without evidence of a negative test will likely be denied boarding. Please review regularly detailed guidance from the CDC. This guidance may change as the prevalence of COVID-19 changes.

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.