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Travel Planning


Travel that requires notice and COVID quarantine period

Students or employees who travel internationally are required to report their travel using this link. After submitting this information, students and employees will be notified of the appropriate post-travel protocols based on their travel location, including testing and/or a quarantine period. Please note that individual post-travel requirements will differ depending on whether or not you are fully vaccinated and travel locations.

We will continue to monitor the CDC’s travel guidelines and will update these protocols as appropriate throughout the semester on this page. 

Click here to report international travel .


Personal travel planning guidelines

For personal travel, you are encouraged to follow CDC Travel Guidelines to help protect yourself and our community. When traveling, please use extreme caution and take general precautions to be cognizant of less-controlled health environments such as that of airplane travel, large public events and public transportation. 

The list of affected countries and the warning level is dynamic. We encourage you to monitor developments through the CDC travel notices and the State Department.

Students and employees must follow all post-travel health guidelines and notices as published by the CDC regarding the location of their travel.

Please review the CDC's travel site as well as the State Department at for additional information on border restrictions and other relevant information for your specific travel location. 

  • Policy exception: Employees, who as a result of a personal travel decision upon return from such travel are restricted from campus per University policy or require isolation or quarantine (whether for exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, being exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 or recommended to quarantine by following CDC guidelines or medical advice), may work remotely if their job allows or use earned sick leave and vacation time to cover any needed time off for such isolation or quarantine period. If any additional time is needed for this period or illness recovery, the time will be taken as unpaid administrative leave. 

What activities are considered higher risk?

The CDC has provided the following as examples of activities and situations that can increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19:

  • Being in an area that is experiencing high levels of COVID-19, including destinations with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice. You can check the Travel Health Notices for recommendations for places you have traveled, including foreign countries and U.S. territories.  You can also check states, counties, and cities to determine if these areas are experiencing high levels of COVID-19.
  • 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 – for example, in restaurants, bars, airports, bus and train stations, or movie theaters.
  • Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat.

If you know that you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, postpone further travel. Even without symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to other people on your journey.

University-related travel

Non-essential business travel should be approved by the unit's Executive Leadership Team member. This review is both fiscally responsible and limits exposure and possible spread of COVID-19 back to our campus. Supervisors may approve essential business travel and should keep the unit's Executive Leadership Team member apprised of such travel. 

If you are planning personal travel, please use extreme caution, follow the CDC Travel Guidelines to help protect our community and review and follow Lipscomb's Travel Planning guidelines on this webpage. 

Returning from Travel

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels (domestic and/or international). You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting sick:

  • When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Watch your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick.

Follow state, territorial, tribal and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

What to do if you are sick:

  • Stay at home except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride sharing or taxis.
  • Seek prompt medical attention if your condition is worsening. BEFORE you go to a doctor’s office or emergency department, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel, recent contact with an infected person and/or symptoms. Put on a face mask before you enter the facility. Ask your healthcare provider to contact the local or state health department. Follow instructions provided by your local health department or occupational health professionals, if appropriate.
  • If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a mask before emergency medical services arrive.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do not handle pets or other animals while sick.

Any member of the Lipscomb community (students and employees) who exhibits COVID symptoms, has tested positive for COVID, or has been exposed to a person who has tested positive with COVID must report their situation to the Health Center using the Report an Illness link below. 

Report an Illness