Travel Advisory Guidance
In preparing for a safe return home at the end of the fall 2020 semester, it's important to review the CDC's travel information as well as any state travel advisories or restrictions that might impact travel plans.
COVID-19 testing continues to be available through Student Health Services. Tests before the end of the semester may be scheduled the week of Nov. 16-20. However, a negative test result is a point-in-time indicator of illness and should not be interpretted as a clearance for all future activity. The best preparation for a safe return home is to moderate personal behavior in the days and weeks before departing campus:
- Wear a mask around others, both indoors and outside.
- Maintain at least 6 feet of distance at all times.
- Wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
- Limit close contacts, keep friend groups small, avoid all gatherings of 10 or more.
- Remain on campus as much as possible.
- Stay home if you're feeling sick.
- Contact Xavier Health Services if you’re feeling sick, 513-745-3022, option 3.
State travel advisories or restrictions
According to Delta Airline’s travel requirements tracker, most states do not have travel advisories. "There are no known mandatory travel-related quarantine restrictions at this time."
Below is an outline of states that do have some form of travel advisory. Individual state health agencies should be checked for up-to-date details on any travel requirements.
- Alaska – Non-resident travel restrictions are in place. For residents of Alaska, testing remains available at no cost and a 14-day quarantine option is available in lieu of testing.
- Connecticut - Travelers from states with significant rates of transmission of COVID-19 are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travelers coming from restricted states are also required to complete the Connecticut Travel Health Form upon arrival. In lieu of quarantine, passengers from restricted states may provide a negative COVID test result taken in the 72 hours prior to travel or may obtain a test in Connecticut and quarantine while awaiting results.
- District of Columbia - Passengers traveling to the District of Columbia or returning from a high-risk state who are traveling for non-essential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Hawaii – Lots of travel restrictions, mostly for non-residents. Check state resources for details.
- Illinois - There are no state-wide restrictions for Illinois; however, travelers to the City of Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
- Kansas – There are very specific travel restrictions that would not apply to Xavier students.
- Kentucky - A 14-day quarantine is recommended for travelers entering Kentucky from states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19, but is not a mandate.
- Maine - Travelers entering Maine are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travelers may elect to take a COVID PCR test less than 72 hours prior to departure and provide negative test results, in lieu of a 14-day quarantine. While testing before travel is strongly encouraged, a COVID-19 test may be obtained in Maine.
- Massachusetts - Travelers entering Massachusetts are required to quarantine for 14 days or provide a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arrival. Travelers may obtain a test after arriving in Massachusetts but must quarantine until obtaining a negative result. Travelers will also be required to complete the online Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival.
- New Jersey - Travelers from states with significant rates of transmission of COVID-19 are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
- New Mexico - Travelers to New Mexico from high-risk states are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
- New York - Out-of-state travelers are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine, but may shorten the duration of quarantine with testing. Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state. The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days. On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must seek and obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
- Rhode Island - Out-of-state visitors must complete a certificate of compliance and screening form. Travelers from states with a high positivity rate of COVID-19 are also subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travelers to Rhode Island from high-risk states will not be required to quarantine for 14 days if they can provide a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or may stop quarantining if they receive a negative test result in Rhode Island.
- Vermont - Travelers to Vermont are subject to a 14-day quarantine, or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative COVID test when you arrive in Vermont and stay at either a lodging establishment or with friends or family.