Plan for safety during holidays and winter break


The University strongly discourages all non-essential travel, including holiday travel, and recommends against indoor gatherings with anyone who does not live with you.

Governor Inslee issued a travel advisory on November 13, 2020, encouraging Washingtonians to stay home and avoid non-essential travel to other states and countries.

  • All individuals who engage in non-essential travel should take additional precautions upon return to Washington, including staying in your residence and away from other people for 14 days, even if you test negative for COVID-19.
  • Non-essential travel includes tourism, social or recreational activities.
  • Although essential travel is not impacted by this Washington state travel advisory, all individuals who travel should follow the CDC guidance for traveling safely.

If you are traveling out of Washington, the University strongly recommends you follow state guidance and plan your trip to allow for staying in your residence and away from other people for 14 days after your return. These restrictions and recommendations further amplify the guidance provided to the UW community on Nov. 9.

This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe.

If you participated in higher risk activities or think that you may have been exposed, in addition to always following the 3 W’s (wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance), take these extra precautions to protect others for 14 days after you return

After returning from international travel, follow the CDC recommendations for the country you traveled from. Refer to the UW Global Travel Security Program webpage for pre- and post-travel requirements for UW employees and students.

For more information, read the FAQs in the Travel and Study Abroad section of the University's Novel coronavirus & COVID-19 FAQ webpage.