International Travel and COVID-19

Last Updated: 06/13/2022

What to do in preparation for arriving to the United States and to the S&T campus

  • Be sure to review CDC’s guidelines for what is needed to board a flight to the U.S. which requires proof of being fully vaccinated with limited exceptions and testing requirements.
  • As of June 12, 2022, the CDC no longer requires air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the U.S. to show a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight.  The CDC still recommends COVID-19 testing no greater than 3 days before and 3-5 days after international travel, and if any symptoms develop, and not to travel if you are ill.
  • Being up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations which includes a booster dose (additional dose after completing the primary series when eligible and if available) is highly recommended prior to any travel, but not required for travel to the U.S.  Only proof of completing the primary vaccination series is required.  If you were vaccinated outside of the U.S., you may receive a booster dose in the U.S. with an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna)

1. ALL TRAVELERS FROM INTERNATIONAL LOCATIONS

  • A COVID-19 test 3-5 days after arriving to the U.S. is highly recommended.  Call Student Health Services or email to schedule your testing appointment at Student Health (located at 910 W. 10th Street, Rolla, MO, 65409)
  • Please review the international student information section regarding other vaccination and tuberculosis testing requirements and health insurance information which will also be discussed at your COVID-19 testing appointment 
    • If your 3-5 day testing window is during a time when campus is closed or you are not coming directly to Rolla, you can get tested through another site such as CVS or Walgreens Pharmacy or use a home test.  Locate a testing site in the U.S.  You should still schedule an appointment with Student Health Services for the soonest available time when campus is open. 
    • Isolate if your test result is positive.  Contact Student Health if you are concerned about your symptoms or have questions regarding isolation and quarantine.
    • Monitor for symptoms, isolate, and get tested if you develop symptoms.

    2. IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED AND UP TO DATE ON VACCINATIONS (you have completed a primary series and received a booster, or additional dose, if eligible)

    • Self-quarantine is not required but taking precautions of mask wearing and social distancing until you receive a negative test 3-5 days after international travel is recommended.
    • Follow instructions for All Travelers above.

    3. IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED BUT NOT UP TO DATE ON VACCINATIONS (you have completed a primary series but have NOT received a booster, or additional dose, if eligible)

    • Stay home and self-quarantine for 5 days is recommended.
    • Follow instructions for All Travelers above.

    4. IF YOU ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED AND ALLOWED TO TRAVEL TO THE U.S BY AIR THROUGH AN EXCEPTION

    • Get tested for current infection with a viral test 3-5 days after arrival, unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
    • Call Student Health Services or email to schedule your testing appointment at Student Health (located at 910 W. 10th Street, Rolla, MO, 65409)
    • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days, even if you test negative, unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
      • If your 3-5 day testing window is during a time when campus is closed or you are not coming directly to Rolla, you can get tested through another site such as CVS or Walgreens Pharmacy or use a home test.  Locate a testing site in the U.S. 
      • Isolate if your test result is positive.  Contact Student Health if you are concerned about your symptoms or have questions regarding isolation and quarantine.
      • You should still schedule an appointment with Student Health Services for the soonest available time when campus is open.  Please review the international student information section regarding other vaccination and tuberculosis testing requirements and health insurance information which will also be discussed at that appointment.
    • If you intend to stay in the United States for 60 days or longer, you may be required to attest that you will become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within 60 days of arriving in the U.S. or as soon as medically appropriate.  Locate a vaccination site in the U.S. here.
    • Monitor for symptoms, isolate, and get tested if you develop symptoms.