Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility Coronavirus Travel Information | University of West Florida
Skip to main content

Coronavirus Travel Information

Travel is known to increase risk of exposure to COVID-19; therefore, each student is encouraged to carefully review travel plans any time they are away from campus. The information on this page provides recommendations to consider while traveling.

At least two weeks prior to departure

  • Get an influenza vaccination.
  • Carefully review data on the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus, in the local community, and in your final destination. 
  • Consider your physical and mental health and assess your ability to leave the campus. Student Health Services or Counseling and Psychological Services can help you evaluate your choices.
  • Review the regulations governing travel to your destination. Some states require the completion of a travelers’ form prior to arrival, along with specific restrictions and testing requirements after arrival.
  • Minimize risk of exposure and infection during the weeks leading to departure from campus. Any exposures could disrupt plans to go home. If you become infected or if you are exposed to a person who is confirmed to be infected, they will need to isolate or quarantine before traveling. Travelers who are ill, are infected, or have recently been exposed to COVID-19 you will not be allowed to board airplanes or trains.
  • Reduce the number of people with whom you have close contact prior to the trip. Any close interaction with persons outside the immediate household or residence hall roommates will present an opportunity for infection.

Day of Travel

  • Reduce the number of stops on the trip. Take a direct flight if possible, and if driving, pack food/snacks for the car trip home.
  • Delay travel if sick or exposed. Anyone feeling ill, recently diagnosed with COVID-19 (within 10 days) or exposed to someone with COVID-19 (within 14 days) should self-isolate and delay travel. Students should follow guidance from their health care provider regarding when recommended isolation/quarantine periods are complete and travel can be resumed.
  • Take safety precautions during travel, especially if using public transportation. Wear a face covering at all times and consider also wearing a face shield. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people; if not possible on public transportation, sit as far away from other passengers as possible. Carry and use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) frequently.
  • Use a disinfecting/sanitizing wipe to clean any touchable surfaces in the vehicle in which you are traveling. This includes planes, trains and other forms of transportation.
  • Re-check for any requirements or restrictions at your travel destination.
  • The least risky option is private transportation by yourself or your family members. If in a car with others outside the household, wear a mask and sit in the back seat if someone else is driving. If weather conditions permit, open the windows.

Arrival at Home

  • The most cautious approach upon arrival home is to quarantine for the first 14 days after arrival. This is especially important if there are vulnerable, higher-risk individuals living in the home and/or there is a high prevalence on the campus or in the local community surrounding the campus prior to leaving for home.
    • Quarantining in the home includes eating meals in a private space or outdoors with family at least 6 feet apart.
    • Use separate serving ware, utensils, glasses and plates.
    • Use a separate bathroom from other family members. If not possible, disinfect the bathroom after each use.
    • Avoid physical contact including hugging, kissing and shaking hands.
    • Wear a mask and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet when in the presence of others.
    • Restrict movement within and outside the home.
  • If quarantine is not possible, stay physically distant from family household members, wear a face covering and avoid close contact, including hugging and shaking hands, for the first 14 days home.
  • Consider placing HEPA filter units in the home and opening windows to increase air circulation.

Medical and Mental Health and Well-Being While at Home

  • Reach out for help or guidance from your primary care provider, psychologist/mental health clinician or if you feel emotional distress of any kind.
  • Consult your primary care provider at home, especially if you have any preexisting conditions or develop any possible symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Get a flu vaccine if you haven’t already done so.

Additional Resources

Consult the following websites for additional information on travel and on safer ways to celebrate holidays with family and friends:

Information provided by: American College Health Association - Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education as Students Return Home