Travel Guidance


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Please read the guidance below to help you travel safely home to family, friends, and others this fall.

Our first and most important priorities are the well-being and safety of our community members. We want to share facts, to help decrease any feelings of anxiety or panic that our community may be experiencing. 

Traveling During Academic Breaks

Please use these travel recommendations below to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to your family, friends and supporters at home, and others around you while you travel.

Think ahead before you travel  

  • Consider getting vaccinated. If you are vaccinated and live on campus or with multiple roommates, consider getting your COVID-19 booster shot. 

  • Be diligent about wearing your mask indoors and washing your hands.  

  • Get your free flu shot at the health center or find where to get one during your break.  

  • Let your Cal Poly household and family/supporters know about your travel plans so that they can take necessary precautions, too.

  • If you are unvaccinated, the CDC recommends that you test before and after traveling.

While you are Traveling

  • Do not travel if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Avoid contact with anyone who is sick. People who are ill or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 should delay travel.  

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. 

  • CDC recommends that travelers who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask at all times and maintain physical distance when traveling. 

  • After traveling, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

Planning Your Return to Cal Poly

  • State, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements upon arrival. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state or territorial and local health department where you are, along your route, and where you are going. 
  • If you leave the San Luis Obispo area and are diagnosed with COVID-19 while out of the area, please do not return until released from isolation by your county public health department.  

  • In an effort to ensure a healthy return to campus, if possible, take a rapid test before your departure back to SLO. This is by no means required but would be a considerate thing to do to ensure public health.  

For additional travel guidance, please visit and the CDC travel guidance page.

University Travel Guidelines 

Please visit the university's Administration and Finance website for details regarding travel guidelines and reimbursement of expenses related to canceled travel.


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