Departure Testing & Protocol

The University of Michigan advises all students to practice enhanced social distancing and be tested before they leave campus to promote safety by reducing the likelihood of students infected with COVID-19 returning to their permanent residences and surrounding communities.

As a U-M student, you play an important role in helping to keep the U-M community — as well as your communities back home — as safe as possible.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends individuals who are FULLY VACCINATED (two weeks past their final dose) do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it, and they do not need to self-quarantine.

Before you leave Ann Arbor, here are important things to plan to do:

Please see this FAQ for more information on departure protocols for Michigan Housing residents.

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What if you test positive?

Any student who tests positive will be expected to isolate for 10 days following their positive test result.

U-M Quarantine & Isolation Housing remains available to you, or you may isolate at your permanent residence if it is safe and acceptable to your co-residents, however you should not use public transportation to return home.

Already tested positive earlier in the semester?

You do not need to be tested again if you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days. The CDC and the Washtenaw County Health Department do not recommend collecting another test because you may still be positive from your previous infection. If you currently have COVID-19 symptoms you should seek a medical evaluation through University Health Service.

Already quarantining or isolating?

Students who are currently in quarantine and isolation also have the option to return to their permanent residence to complete their quarantine or isolation period, if they can travel safely and have an appropriate home location in which to complete their isolation period. Please check in with your case investigator to discuss this option.

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