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COVID-19: Travel

What restrictions has Northwest placed on travel?  (updated 1/5/21)

All University-related and University-funded travel, international and domestic, is prohibited until further notice and should not be planned or scheduled. The policy applies to all students and student organizations, faculty and staff. Northwest encourages individuals and teams to explore creative options for alternative study, research, work and collaboration.

Exceptions will be granted for recruitment of students and donors, athletic team travel and fully funded grant-required expenditures. Additional exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis with the approval of the University president. All requests should be submitted to the respective NLT member for evaluation.


Personal travel

In regard to personal travel, Northwest urges its campus community to be mindful of the health risks, especially in geographic areas with widespread infection. Employees who travel should self-monitor for symptoms and follow their medical provider’s instructions. Refer to the CDC guidelines related to travel, visit

Employees who have questions or need guidance about their travel plans should contact the Office of Human Resources at 660.562.1127 or

Should I self-quarantine after travel?  (updated 12/9/20)

Per CDC guidelines, anyone who travels, regardless of the location, poses a risk to family, friends and community members for 14 days afterward.

Individuals who travel should take these everyday actions to prevent transmission of the virus:

  • Stay at least 6 feet from anyone who did not travel with you, indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a face covering with your nose and mouth covered when you are in shared spaces with people who did not travel with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.

Testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, especially if you participated in a higher-risk activity such as attending a large social gathering or were in a crowded space (wedding, funeral, party, sporting event, concert, parade, restaurant, bar, fitness center or movie theater).

Take the actions listed above and do the following after travel:

  • Get tested three to five days after travel.
  • Stay home for seven days after travel, even if you test negative. If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you do not get tested, stay home for 10 days after travel.

For CDC information related to travel, visit