Traveling From International Locations
The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are paramount at Western Michigan University, requiring protocols and procedures that safeguard our campus community, including procedures for entry to campus after international travel. The University is currently following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for international travelers, which are tied to COVID-19 vaccination status.
WMU has implemented a badging and screening system for on-campus activities. A part of this badging system requires documentation of COVID-19 vaccination, which needs to be verified and reviewed by Sindecuse Health Center staff. Only people who have received all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine are considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of public health guidance.
Process and responsibilities for students who have been fully vaccinated prior to their departure to the U.S.
- Three weeks prior to departure to the U.S., fully vaccinated students upload vaccination information into the Sindecuse Health Center patient portal.
- Sindecuse staff will review and send a secure message through the portal indicating review of vaccination information and if vaccination information is sufficient to consider the student as "fully vaccinated."
- Three to five days after having arrived in the U.S., fully vaccinated students should take a COVID-19 antigen test at Sindecuse Health Center. There is no need for fully vaccinated students to quarantine after arriving in the U.S.
- Fully vaccinated students should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.
Process and responsibilities for unvaccinated students
- Unvaccinated students must take a COVID-19 antigen test at Sindecuse Health Center three to five days after having arrived in the U.S. and should also quarantine for a full seven days after travel.
- Even if you test negative, quarantine for the full seven days.
- If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
- Unvaccinated students should also avoid being around people who are at an increased risk for severe illness for 14 days.
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
Process and responsibilities for unvaccinated students who have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection in the last three months
- Send an email to email@example.com with an attached picture of your testing results, including a date.
- You will not be required to quarantine upon arrival, but you will be subject to the mandatory no-cost testing for unvaccinated individuals at Western beginning Monday, Aug. 30.
- Current recommendations are that you get vaccinated after recovery from illness.
- Continue to use the daily health survey on campus for the duration of your stay at WMU.