International travel

At this time, Washington University in St. Louis does not support any international travel. All outbound international university-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice. This includes any 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. 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. We also strongly discourage personal travel to international destinations. Before coming to campus, follow COVID-19 restrictions and screening for campus access.

Domestic travel

Some local jurisdictions may have Stay at Home orders in place. Employees and students should check with their local government to determine if restrictions are in effect where they live. 

All non-essential university-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice.

Requests to engage in essential university-sponsored 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

Danforth Campus

As of May 7, 2020, all Danforth-based faculty and staff, including those whose physical presence is required on campus to perform essential services, may travel beyond a 60-mile radius of campus at their discretion. This is an update to previous guidance strongly discouraging personal travel outside of the St. Louis region.

Medical Campus

Effective May 7, all faculty, staff and trainees of the School of Medicine are allowed to  resume personal travel outside a 60-mile radius of the Medical Campus. They previously had been restricted from doing so in an attempt to ensure an adequate workforce during a patient surge from the coronavirus outbreak and to reduce the spread of the virus on the Medical Campus. For additional information, please consult the School of Medicine’s policy.

International Travel Oversight Committee updates

The International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) shares updates specific to international travelers and WashU students studying abroad.

Please contact with any additional questions about current or future travel.

Travel FAQ