Published: March 8, 2020

Spring break is just around the corner and with recent events regarding the spread of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus), many students, faculty and staff may be wondering if they should proceed with their spring break travel plans. 

Considerations with travel plans

Because this is a rapidly evolving situation and guidance is changing frequently, all travelers should check travel advisories with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State Department and the World Health Organization (WHO). These agencies recommend all travelers thoroughly research their destinations and consult with their medical or nursing providers for any specific medical concerns.

CU Boulder students with specific medical concerns can call the CU Medical Services nurse line at 303-492-5101 for advice. Learn more about coronavirus updates and resources at CU Boulder.

Those who are planning to travel are advised to have contingency plans in the event of major disruptions. This could include the possibility of being unable to return to the U.S. due to in-country quarantines, being unable to disembark from the ship you may be traveling on, and possibility dealing with canceled flights. Carefully weigh the benefits and risks of travel when considering your spring break plans. 

Wash your hands

Washing your hands often is the best way to protect yourself against illness—wash them before and after using the bathroom, before eating after coughing/sneezing/blowing your nose and in between travel destinations. Use soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice). If warm water and soap aren’t available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% to 90% alcohol is a good alternative. 

Get a flu shot

Protect yourself and fellow travelers by getting your flu shot before you travel. Flu shots are free for all students with a Buff OneCard. Walk-in clinics are available at Health and Wellness Services at the Village Center Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Stay hydrated

Traveling can increase your chances of dehydration, especially if you’re traveling long distances. Drinking plenty of water is a great way to stay energized and protect yourself against illness. It can be helpful to set reminders on your phone to make sure you’re drinking hydrating fluids throughout the day.


Sleep is essential in supporting one's immune system. Aim to get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, and work in a 20-minute power nap during the day as needed.

Learn more about the flu and other illness prevention tips.