Skip to main content

COVID-19 Travel Policy

This policy will be evaluated on a weekly basis and updated when the situation warrants a change. The safety of everyone on the MBKU campus depends on all travelers following these rules.


Nonessential Travel Discouraged

The University discourages ALL nonessential travel due to the following:

  1. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to show increasing numbers of infected individuals (Source: OC Healthcare Agency COVID-19 Case Counts and Testing Figures)

  2. The CDC has designated most countries a Level 3 Warning to avoid nonessential travel due to widespread ongoing transmission. (Source: CDC COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country)

  3. There is currently no specific antiviral treatment or vaccine to prevent COVID-19. (Source: CDC What to Do if You Are Sick)

Essential Travel Between MBKU Campuses

Travel between MBKU campuses will be permitted but should be restricted to essential business only. 

University Sponsored Travel Prohibited

  • University sponsored domestic or international travel for essential business will be allowed only with prior approval by the University President.

  • University sponsored travel to meetings and symposia, regardless of method of transportation, is prohibited until further notice.

If You Choose to Travel

  • You should monitor your health and practice social distancing for a period of 14 days.

  • Remember to wear a mask, wash/sanitize your hands frequently, and practice social distancing.

  • At the first sign of illness or fever, you must self-quarantine immediately for a period of 14 days and you must notify MBKU Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brandon Grove immediately at 714.463.7549. 

  • You are required to self-quarantine for 14 days while monitoring your health and practicing social distancing.

  • You may not return to the campus before the 14-day quarantine is completed.

  • Before returning to the MBKU campus, you must be cleared by MBKU Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brandon Grove who may be contacted at 714.463.7549

  • Note: An exception to this guidance is made for travel from Canada where domestic guidance is to be followed.

The additional information below from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) details the risks and considerations associated with how you travel:

Air Travel

Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and you may have to sit near others (within 6 feet), sometimes for hours. This may increase your risk for exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Bus or Train Travel

Traveling on buses and trains for any length of time can involve sitting or standing within 6 feet of others.

Car Travel

Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces.

RV Travel

You may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but RV travel typically means staying at RV parks overnight and getting gas and supplies at other public places. These stops may put you and those with you in the RV in close contact with others.

Contact Information 

If you have any questions about travel, please contact your Dean, Program Director or Supervisor. These guidelines are subject to change at any time depending on the current COVID-19 situation.