FSU announces U.S. domestic travel restrictions

To combat the spread of the coronavirus, Florida State University officials have issued the following travel restrictions, which take effect immediately (Thursday, March 12, 2020).  

  • All university-sponsored domestic (U.S.) and international travel is canceled until further notice. 
  • All university-sponsored domestic travel that was previously approved by FSU Travel Services is canceled and must be reevaluated by your respective university vice president for reapproval. Only travel deemed essential by a university vice president will be reapproved. All other previously approved domestic travel is canceled.   

  Any new university sponsored domestic or international travel requests must be approved by a university vice president, who will determine if it is essential.    

  • The university strongly recommends all students, staff and faculty refrain from domestic and international travel except for emergency purposes.    
  • The university requires that all students, faculty and staff who have traveled anywhere internationally to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return. 
  • Florida State University requests that students, faculty and staff avoid all cruise ship travel and ferry boat travel worldwide. The university requires all individuals who have been on a cruise ship or ferry boat to self-quarantine for 14 days upon reentry to the U.S.    
  • Students who travel outside the Tallahassee area and later return to their off-campus residences in Tallahassee should not return to nor visit campus for any reason until on-campus instruction resumes. This includes for use of the Leach Student Recreation Center, FSU Libraries, any Seminole Dining facilities, FSU Bookstores and Seminole Athletics venues/facilities.    
  • Students who choose to remain in the university residence halls on campus during spring break and during the period of online instruction will not be allowed to travel away from the Tallahassee area and come back to their residence hall or the main campus facilities until on-campus instruction resumes.    

These university restrictions and guidelines are based on recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of State, the Florida Department of Health and the Leon County Department of Health.     

Florida State University strongly recommends you draft a plan in case you are required to self-quarantine for a 14-day period for any reason.        

Your plan should include a possible quarantine location that is not a shared living space, residence hall or multi-occupancy apartment.    

If a student needs to self-quarantine or self-isolate, the university has made plans for them to be able to continue with their coursework remotely.    

Faculty and staff who need to self-quarantine should contact Human Resources to discuss available options.       

FSU will continue to follow CDC, state and county health department guidelines, which means those who are required to self-quarantine, should practice social distancing as explained here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html