For School of Medicine faculty, staff and trainees

University-wide policies
The university has implemented a number of travel restrictions and advisories.
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University travel restrictions

Personal travel

The School of Medicine currently has no ban on personal travel, either domestically or internationally. Employees are not required to contact Occupational Health when traveling for personal reasons.

University-sponsored travel

Domestic: Work-related domestic travel can resume.

International: Starting August 1, 2021, faculty, staff, and graduate/professional students (on an individual basis) may resume university-sponsored and supported international travel in accordance with the university’s standard international travel policy. All international travel is subject to changes in travel conditions and public health guidance. This policy update does not override any school or department-level restrictions on travel. For questions, contact

  • Read the University International Travel Policy Update »
  • See safety requirements below »
  • House staff work-related travel

    The Office of Graduate Medical Education has released travel guidance for house staff. Under the policy, house staff are permitted to travel within the United States under certain circumstances for presenting at conferences and for electives. Standard approval processes apply.

    Read full House Staff Travel Policy »

    Safety requirements for travelers

    Do not travel if you are sick, and do not travel with anyone who is sick. For 14 days after your return, you must monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms, call the illness and exposure hotline at 314-362-5056.

    If you travel, please remember that we ask all members of our community and their families to reduce potential COVID-19 exposure outside of work by practicing physical distancing and avoiding gatherings.

    Domestic travel

    If you travel, be aware that you are subject to any restrictions in place at your destination; in addition, federal, state or local authorities may restrict your return travel or require home quarantine upon your return. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state or local health department where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination. Please also review travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Get advice on safe holiday travel »

    International travel

    Government requirements

    If you travel internationally, you must follow entry requirements for your destination. In addition, you are subject to restrictions upon re-entering the United States.

    Testing requirement

    All travelers flying into the U.S. from abroad must now provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test — taken no more than three days before the flight — or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Failure to do so will result in being unable to board the plane. The mandatory requirement was initially announced by the CDC on Jan. 12 and formalized in an executive order signed by President Joe Biden.

    University procedures

    According to Eva Aagaard, MD, interim senior administrator for occupational health, the School of Medicine is recommending that upon returning from international travel, all faculty, staff, house officers and students follow new CDC guidelines once they are back in the U.S. These guidelines apply regardless of vaccination status.

    Once you have returned from international travel:

    • Get tested 3-5 days after returning.
      • If you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms, you can use WashU Med’s COVID-19 saliva test.
      • If you develop symptoms at any time, contact the COVID-19 Exposure/Illness Hotline immediately at 314-362-5056.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself for 14 days to protect others from getting infected. Do not come on campus. Call the COVID-19 Exposure/Illness Hotline.
    • Exception for those working in clinical environments: As long as you have tested negative and are asymptomatic, you may go to work without quarantining, but you must contact Occupational Health at prior to returning to work, and remain masked and perform active symptom monitoring while on campus. This is in accordance with local public health and CDC guidance for essential health-care workers.