COVID-19 travel information

(Updated: July 29, 2021)


COVID-19 and SPU Travel

At this time, SPU does not have any COVID-19 restrictions on employee travel. Students and employees are encouraged to consult CDC travel guidelines, U.S. State Department Travel recommendations, and Public Health – Seattle & King County travel advice before traveling. In some cases, COVID-19 testing and/or self-quarantine may be recommended or required.

General Travel Advice

Anyone who travels internationally should do the following:

  • Understand and routinely check any travel and border restrictions in transit, at your proposed destination, and upon your return, such as denial of entry or a mandatory quarantine on arrival.
  • Allow additional time for arrival procedures, or when passing through affected area airports, taking into account temperature and health screenings.
  • If you are traveling from COVID-19 affected areas, anticipate more stringent scrutiny and reconfirm the status of flights with your carrier or the airport.
  • Follow all official directives by authorities.
  • Monitor developments through the U.S. State Department and CDC websites.
  • Do not travel if you are sick; travelers who are sick risk being quarantined and having health testing.
  • Register with the U.S. Department of State through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
  • Have alternative plans in place in the event that travel is disrupted (including the possibility of being unable to return to the United States due to quarantines).
  • Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease and should consider postponing nonessential travel.
  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Travelers who are sick with fever or cough, or who have trouble breathing, should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care.