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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Personal travel

The School of Medicine currently has no ban on personal travel, either domestically or internationally. The previous restriction limiting travel to within a 60-mile radius of campus was lifted May 7. Employees are not required to contact Occupational Health when traveling for personal reasons.

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University-sponsored travel

All university-sponsored and work-related travel is prohibited, including away electives for students, residents and fellows.

Possible exceptions for international travel

Starting July 31, 2020, the International Travel Oversight Committee will begin accepting petitions for exception from faculty, staff, and graduate / professional students to pursue essential university-sponsored and supported international travel. Details including the definition of “essential” and the process to submit a petition for exception can be found on the university’s Global website. All travel is subject to changes in travel conditions and public health guidance. Contact itoc@wustl.edu with any questions.


International air travel

Negative COVID-19 test now required for all travelers flying into the U.S.

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Jan. 12 and formalized in an executive order signed by President Joe Biden last week.

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. Note that at this time, there is no university-sponsored travel, including international travel, except under rare exceptions requiring departmental and dean’s office approval, so these guidelines apply primarily to personal travel.

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.

If you are not caring for patients or working in a clinical setting, you should follow these additional precautions:

  • Even if you test negative, stay home to self-quarantine for at least 7 days after arrival in the U.S.
  • It’s safest to stay home to self-quarantine for 10 days after international travel.

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 occupationalhealthservices@wusm.wustl.edu 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.

Things to consider

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend staying home as much as possible. 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.

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.