The university is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of State, our infectious disease experts at the School of Medicine, and local and state public health agencies to determine whether to impose travel restrictions on locations affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Note: These lists will continue to be modified as the situation develops.

International travel

On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel Global Health Advisory. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

At this time, Washington University in St. Louis does not support any international travel. All outbound international university-sponsored travel is suspended between now and April 30, 2020. This travel suspension condition will be re-evaluated when the Centers for Disease Control and/or U.S. Department of State change the level of their respective travel advisories.

Locations subject to screening and medical clearance

International locations

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Mainland China
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Europe*
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Micronesia
  • Ocean or River Cruise
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Turkey

*Europe includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City

Domestic locations

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississipi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Whether or not any symptoms have appeared, if you are a Washington University student or employee who has traveled from the locations listed on this page in the past 14 days or has had direct contact with a patient with confirmed COVID-19 infection in the past 14 days and who is returning to work on campus because you perform essential work that requires a physical presence, you must contact university health services for screening and clearance prior to returning to the university.

If you are working remotely and not returning to campus, you do not need to be screened. Do not come to campus.

Domestic Travel

There currently are “stay home orders” in place for the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, the state of Illinois, and other area regions. Please check with your local government to determine if restrictions are in place where you live.

All non-essential university-sponsored domestic travel beyond the St. Louis metropolitan area is suspended between now and April 30, 2020. This includes any non-essential travel connected to university activities or programs for all faculty, staff and students, whether that travel is funded by the university, an external grant or other source. Requests to engage in essential travel must be approved by the chancellor or the provost, a dean, executive vice chancellor, or vice chancellor. All approved essential travel must be registered here.