End-of-Semester Travel

It is important to safely prepare to depart and travel at the end of the semester. Prior to departure, students should be vigilant in their safety practices regarding face masks, physical distancing and gathering with others. Many students may be asymptomatic and not even know that they are carrying the virus. This can present enhanced concerns as students travel and return home to spend the remainder of the term with loved ones. Details about pre-departure testing for interested students, faculty and staff will be shared in the coming days.


Limit exposure to others for two full weeks prior to your departure. You should be hyper-vigilant about your interactions with others to avoid coming in to contact with the virus. The safest choice is to avoid leaving your residence hall/apartment/house except to go to safely go to class, get meals, exercise safely or seek medical attention. You should also limit your social interactions with others who may be asymptomatic and not know they are carrying the virus.

Avoid the use of public transportation if possible. There are heightened concerns about using public modes of transportation (planes, train, bus) and the spread of the virus over the next few weeks. If you must use public transportation to travel, you should limit your risk of exposure for two weeks prior to departure, get tested 72 hours ahead of your departure and self-isolate until your negative test results are posted.

Get a flu shot. If you have not received a flu shot at one of our on-campus clinics, we recommend you get a flu shot two weeks prior to departure. Flu shots are currently being offered at all local pharmacies including Target. There is usually no out of pocket cost with an insurance card. If you receive a flu shot off campus, upload the results to your Phoenix Health portal as soon as possible.

Plan ahead for additional safety measures: The plan is for the university to remain open for in-person classes through the end of the semester (Nov. 24). We understand that there may be circumstances in which a student may choose to apply to study remotely for the remainder of the term for safety reasons. This may include to adequately quarantine according to your home state’s quarantine mandates prior to celebrating the Thanksgiving holidays with your loved ones. Students who apply for remote learning must plan to return home and cannot return to campus until January. There is no refund of room, board or tuition. Students can mail their request to registrar@elon.edu and state the rationale for their request.

Testing Requirement by State

If your state is not listed below, then based on our best current information (as of Nov. 12, 2020), no COVID-19 test is required when coming from North Carolina. If PCR test is not specified, antigen test should meet requirements. This information is subject to change by states at any time.

  • Alaska – residents can have a free test on arrival
  • Connecticut – negative PCR test required within 72 hours before arrival
  • Hawaii – negative PCR test required within 72 hours before arrival
  • Maryland – negative test required on arrival or within 72 hours before arrival
  • Massachusetts – negative PCR test required within 72 hours before arrival
  • New York – negative test required within 72 hours before arrival*
  • Rhode Island – free test required on arrival or negative PCR test within 72 hours prior

* New York stopped requiring only a PCR test at 3:30 p.m. on 11/17/20.

Many states require or recommend a period of quarantine. Make sure to check those requirements as well.

Travel Policies

All students, faculty and staff are expected to remain in the Elon area during the semester if at all possible.

  • Student organization sponsored travel, including all overnight travel regardless of location, has been canceled for the fall semester.
  • Faculty/staff travel should be limited to only essential business and must be approved by a dean or vice president. All essential travel must be registered with the appropriate supervisor and must include a safety plan.
  • Individuals and groups must not travel to any international location deemed as a risk by the U.S. State Department or the CDC.

Visitor Policies

Elon’s renowned campus remains open to the public and guests are welcome to enjoy outdoor spaces as long as they maintain physical distancing standards and avoid unauthorized large gatherings. Approved gatherings that are mission-driven utilize guidelines around face coverings, hygiene, significantly reduced attendance and capacity counts, and physical distancing to keep the community safe.

Prospective Students Visits

Elon continues to welcome to campus prospective students and their families. Please report to the Inman Admissions Welcome Center for campus visits. There you will be informed about the campus physical distancing protocols and requirements for protective face coverings.

The Inn at Elon

The Inn at Elon is open to the public and incorporates extensive cleaning and physical distancing protocols in keeping with all university standards and requirements.

Campus Facilities & Programs

Campus facilities and programs that normally welcome external guests, including Belk Library, Campus Recreation & Wellness, Turner Theater, dining facilities, residence halls, Moseley Center and other similar facilities are limiting access only to Phoenix Card holders. We regret that community members who normally access these facilities will not be permitted until further notice.

Performing Arts & Cultural Programs

Performing arts programs, cultural programs, lectures and lyceum events are open to the campus community (Phoenix Card holders) with adjusted attendance maximums to support physical distancing. More details are available on the cultural calendar website.

Other Large Events

Other large events that normally attract large numbers of guests to the Elon campus, including New Student Convocation, Family Weekend and Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, are being held virtually.