ISU Self-Quarantine Requirements

Updated September 30, 2020


Guidance for students, faculty, and staff returning to campus after travel outside the U.S.

Consistent with CDC guidance, Iowa State University students, faculty, and staff who have traveled outside of the United States AND engaged in higher risk activities as defined by the CDC should exercise increased precautions for 14 days from the end of their travel. These include:

  1. Stay home as much as possible.
  2. Avoid being around people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  3. Consider getting tested for COVID-19.

If you have been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19 during your travels, you should self-quarantine for 14 days after your return.


Where can I stay?

  • For students with ISU Housing contracts, please follow the Department of Residence website to learn more about move in dates.
  • For students without ISU Housing contracts, you will need to find your own off-campus residence. The Iowa housing website will provide you more information on off-campus housing in Ames and tips for living in Ames can be found here.
  • If your permanent residence is not ready by the time you arrive in Ames, please review the following options:
    • If you have a contract with ISU Housing, you can stay in their temporary housing beginning August 3rd.
    • ISSO has partnered with Best Western Hotel to provide temporary housing for international students at reduced rates. More information about rates and the registration process will be released mid-October. 
    • Alternative and independent arrangements can be made through Airbnb or hotels in Ames.


Any student coming from abroad planning to live in university housing must be tested upon arrival.

International students planning to live in university residence halls who need to self-quarantine will be able to complete their self-quarantine period in temporary university housing and may then move into their assigned residence hall following completion of their quarantine. Students living in apartments may complete their self-quarantine in their apartments.


Faculty and staff returning from abroad

ISU faculty and staff returning from international travel who need to self-quarantine should not come to campus until they have completed their 14-day self-quarantine period.


Beginning fall classes remotely

Students who need to self-quarantine should not go to class during their self-quarantine period. Instead, students should contact their instructors and/or academic adviser prior to the start of classes to discuss how to begin the semester remotely, or make other arrangements to complete required coursework.


US travel restrictions

The United States is currently prohibiting travelers who are arriving from certain countries. If you travel from or transit through these countries you may be denied entry. The CDC maintains a list here:


How can I manage self-quarantine?

Successful self-quarantine period will require some strategizing and planning on your part. We have put together this Self-Quarantine Tip Sheet to help guide you through the process.