COVID-19 Holiday and Travel Guidance

Traveling with this level of spread is always a concern. Everyone who travels should assume that they have come in contact with the virus and should help us by following the guidance below to support reduced transmission.

Before you go

If you are traveling, strictly limit your activities starting 10 days before your departure to help limit your chances of getting sick and passing the virus to loved ones. This means staying home as much as possible and not getting together with people you don’t live with.

While traveling and at your destination

  • Travel in a personal vehicle with limited passengers if possible. Wear face coverings if traveling with people outside your household. If using public transportation, check the carrier requirements for testing or otherwise well before travel. Please review the CDC’s site for up-to-date information: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html
  • Keep practicing safe behaviors – frequent handwashing, face coverings, and physical distancing.
  • Strictly limit the number of people you see in person – this year it is not safe to get together with all your friends and family.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms – if you develop symptoms, consult a health care provider regarding testing at your current location. You may find local testing options here: hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html

Campus Testing Information

UW–Madison will begin offering saliva-based tests the week of Jan. 11 at selected sites. These fast, accurate tests ultimately will be available at 12 sites on campus seven days a week (Students in residence halls will continue to undergo nasal swab testing at sites at Ogg Hall and Frank Holt Center).

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