Day of Departure and Traveling to Campus

On the day of departure, students should only travel if they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms or exposure.

  • Students should not come to campus if they have been exposed to or have been living with someone with COVID-19 in the past month. Even if they have had a negative COVID test, students with exposure must be cleared for arrival by Middlebury College health staff. Call the Center for Health and Wellness at 802-443-3290. 
  • Students should not come to campus if they are having symptoms. Prior to departure, call the Center for Health and Wellness at 802-443-3290 for guidance. If you are suddenly having symptoms on arrival, call the arrival hotline at 802-443-5055. Medical staff will contact you. Please do not enter the test center.

Precautions to Take When Traveling to Campus

Traveling in a Private Vehicle

Students traveling to Vermont in a private vehicle should do so without making prolonged stops (avoid gathering in restaurants, limit gas stops, and, if overnight travel is required, reduce contact with others as much as possible). During any stops, practice physical distancing from others, wear a face covering, and practice proper hand hygiene.

If students must travel in a vehicle with other individuals that have not quarantined or who are from another household, all vehicle occupants must wear face coverings, and windows should be kept down at least two inches for air flow. Reduce capacity in the vehicles to allow for physical distancing if at all possible and avoid direct physical contact between passengers.

Traveling via Public Transportation

Students traveling via bus, rail, or commercial airlines should follow precautions during travel including physical distancing (when possible) from others, wearing a face covering, and practicing proper hand hygiene. During any stops, avoid gatherings such as in restaurants or other places where individuals are not wearing face coverings or maintaining physical distancing. Eat and drink away from others and outdoors whenever possible.

Effective January 26, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. Students traveling by air into the United States must review the CDC requirement and arrange the necessary testing.

Drop-Off Procedures

While  Vermont guidance specifies that two visitors may accompany a student on their arrival day, Middlebury asks that students bring only one drop-off visitor. If families traveling long distances require two drop-off visitors to enable safe driving, one visitor should remain in the vehicle while on campus. During the testing process, we ask that families and visitors remain with their vehicles. A designated restroom facility will be available at the testing center.

Arrival Helpline

Call Middlebury’s Arrival Helpline at 802-443-5055 if you run into any travel delays on your way to campus that will cause you to arrive after testing is closed (8 p.m.). The Arrival Helpline will close at 8:30 p.m. each day, so please call before then.