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Be Hokie Ready wherever you are: COVID-19 travel guidance and tips

From: Virginia Tech Emergency Management

With the holiday season quickly approaching, and with more Hokies traveling, help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and illness by staying prepared.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, avoid all unnecessary travel and large gatherings whenever possible. Wherever you find yourself, wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, and get a flu shot.

There are currently no Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), or Virginia Tech quarantine requirements following domestic or international travel. If you do need to travel, current public health guidance recommends that regardless of your destination, take the necessary precautions to minimize your risk of exposure to COVID-19, before, during, and after travel. This includes wearing a face covering, frequent handwashing, and practicing physical distancing. 

Here are examples of the types of travel, activities, and situations that can increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19.

  • Being in, or traveling to, an area that is experiencing high levels of COVID-19 spread.
  • Going to a large social gathering like a wedding, funeral, or party.
  • Attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade.
  • Being in crowds, such as in restaurants, bars, airports, bus or train stations, or movie theaters.
  • Traveling on a cruise ship or riverboat.

If you participated in activities like those above, or think that you may have been exposed before or during your trip, take extra precautions to protect others for 14 days after arrival at your destination or your return home:

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Practice physical distancing (greater than 6 feet) around people not in your household or “pod” which may include family you have not been around recently.
  • Always wear a face covering when outside your home.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms.
  • Avoid interactions with people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you start to feel sick, isolate yourself at home and consult with a medical provider.
  • Consider getting tested for COVID-19.

For more information and current guidance surrounding domestic and international travel, visit the VDH website. If traveling internationally, be sure to check country-specific COVID-19 information. For tips on holiday travel and safe gatherings, check out these CDC resources.

For more information on scheduling COVID-19 testing prior to traveling home, students should contact Schiffert Health Center at 540-231-6444 opt. 1, and ask to schedule an appointment with the ArcPoint Clinic. Appointments must be scheduled a day in advance.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will not need to quarantine. However, before, during, and after travel please pay attention to your health and follow public health guidelines (wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distancing, washing hands, etc.) especially if you engaged in any of the higher risk behaviors listed above.

Students that have already signed up for testing before heading home will receive further instructions no later than Monday, Nov. 9. Currently, the plan is to schedule testing options beginning on Saturday, Nov. 14, and continue through to Tuesday, Nov. 24. 

If you have not already scheduled a test, contact Schiffert Health Center at 540-231-6444 opt. 1, and ask to schedule an appointment with the ArcPoint Clinic. Appointments must be scheduled a day in advance. Be sure to check country-specific guidelines for COVID-19 as well.

Students unable to access Schiffert Health Center can contact their local VDH, visit a testing site, or contact their healthcare provider or local urgent care for additional guidance.

Click here for more information on COVID-19 testing in the D.C. area.

Students that have already signed up for testing before heading home will receive further instructions no later than Monday, Nov. 9. Currently, the plan is to schedule testing options beginning on Saturday, Nov. 14, and continue through to Tuesday, Nov. 24.

If you have not already scheduled a test, contact Schiffert Health Center at 540-231-6444 opt. 1, and ask to schedule an appointment with the ArcPoint Clinic. Appointments must be scheduled a day in advance.

Students unable to access Schiffert Health Center can contact their local VDH, visit a testing site, or contact their health care provider or local urgent care for additional guidance.

Click here for more information on COVID-19 testing in the D.C. area.

Voluntary employee testing will be offered in December and January. Additional voluntary employee testing will be offered in December and January. Dates and registration links will be published soon.

Employees should receive their results in 48 to 72 hours of being tested. 

Employees may also get tested by contacting their local VDH, visit a testing site, or contact their health care provider for additional guidance.

For tips on holiday travel and safe gatherings, check out the following links and keep an eye out in the VT Daily and on the Virginia Tech Ready site for more tips and resources to come: