COVID-19 Information

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Travel Restrictions

University Travel Procedures

Effective July 17, pre-COVID-19 travel procedures (as outlined in the University travel policy) will resume for University travel within the state of Missouri.

Division Executives must establish an approval process for their areas for University travel outside the state of Missouri. The Provost will establish the approval process to be followed by all academic departments. Such processes will provide an opportunity for areas to review the expense and health and safety risks associated with a particular trip or out-of-state event. Employees are expected to adhere to the University’s face coverings requirement while traveling in addition to abiding by face coverings and other safety guidance in place for particular cities, counties and jurisdictions.

University-Affiliated Travel Restrictions

In an abundance of caution and with concern for the health of our students, faculty and staff, Southeast Missouri State University is now restricting all non-essential university-sponsored and-supported domestic (continental and inter-continental United States) and international travel until further notice.  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, foundation, an external grant/contract, student government or student fees.  Requests to engage in essential travel must be submitted to the appropriate division Executive (Provost, Vice President, Assistant to the President/Dean of Students, or Athletic Director).  Essential travel is defined as travel directly impacting the continuance of University business operations. 

As a result of the cancelled travel due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Accounts Payable Department has issued guidance for employees in reconciling cancelled travel transactions.  Please see the link at  If employees have additional questions not addressed in the guidance, please contact the Chrome River team at

  As of March 11, 2020

Ban on Travel Between U.S. and Europe Because Europe is experiencing widespread sustained transmission of COVID-19, President Donald Trump has called for the suspension of travel between Europe and the United States. Those returning to the U.S. who have been in a Schengen zone country within 14 days of reentry will be required to undergo a health screening at one of the 13 ports of entry. They will then be encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days and to monitor their health. For more information, visit here.

  As of March 4, 2020

Effective immediately and until further notice, all University-affiliated travel, now through June 1, to China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea is suspended in accordance with CDC recommendations. This applies to faculty, staff and students. This list could be expanded as the CDC updates its travel guidance.

Personal Travel Recommendations

In accordance with CDC guidance, the University strongly recommend that all members of the Southeast community avoid any personal travel to China, Italy, Iran and South Korea.

Spring Break Travel (March 16-20)

As spring break approaches, please strongly consider the necessity of any upcoming personal travel. If you plan to travel internationally, be mindful of the increased risk of exposure to the coronavirus. In addition to potential exposure, you could experience unexpected travel delays and cumbersome logistics upon returning to the United States, including the potential for missed work or classes due to self-quarantine. We urge all members of the Southeast community to consider these risks when deciding whether to continue with their travel plans.

Based on information from the CDC, Southeast advises students to make sound decisions and has restricted travel to China, South Korea, Italy or Japan during Spring Break (March 16-20) or any time in the near future.

If you plan to travel out of the country over the break, please be mindful of the following:

  • Check travel and border restrictions, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine period on arrival or denial of entry into the country.
  • Check the CDC and the U.S. State Department websites for updates.
  • Do not travel if you are sick. Travelers who are sick may be quarantined.
  • If you travel to or from areas affected by COVID-19, expect stepped-up security, and check on the status of your flights.
  • Plan to allow for additional time for temperature and health screenings if you will be passing through airports in areas impacted by COVID-19.

Am I safe to travel?

Avoid travel if you have a fever and cough. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider. (Source: World Health Organization)

Check the CDC for travel advisories before traveling. The CDC currently has a Level 3 Warning (avoid all nonessential travel to) China, South Korea, Italy and Iran. Japan is currently under an Alert Level 2, and Hong Kong is under a Watch Level 1.

If you must travel, the CDC provides this guidance.


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