COVID-19 Travel Testing Available Now

To the Case Western Reserve Community:

With Thanksgiving break just nine days away, we want to update you regarding campus options for COVID-19 testing before you leave—and after you return.

As a first step, we encourage anyone traveling by air or other commercial carrier to check its COVID-19-related requirements well before the departure date. If traveling outside the U.S., also check the specific COVID-19 protocols for that area.

In addition, please note that the U.S. government requires all people entering this country from abroad to provide proof of a negative test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19. The timing of such tests depends on the individual’s vaccination status and age.

Because of the federal requirements for acceptable COVID-19 tests, we are offering Vault tests for those traveling outside the U.S. If using our campus site, please specifically request a Vault test; the results arrive in your email in a format acceptable for travel. (Please note, however, that the university cannot provide turnaround times for results, which can vary by the volume of tests at a particular time.)

If you do not require documentation for testing, but simply want to check for your own well-being and those who will be around you, Case Western Reserve’s own tests apply the same scientific approach as Vault’s. 

Please remember that you cannot eat, drink (even water), chew, smoke or vape at least 30 minutes before either of these tests. In addition, you should not come for testing if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Travel testing prior to Thanksgiving is available in the Robbins Building, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. of this week (Nov. 16-19), and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday of next week (Nov. 22-23).

Vault tests also will be offered for those traveling abroad in December.

Meanwhile, students living on campus must take one COVID-19 test in each of the two weeks following the break (Nov. 29–Dec. 3 and Dec. 6–10). Testing is available at Wade and Fribley Commons Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at Robbins Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thank you for continuing to help keep the Case Western Reserve community safe.

Sara Lee, MD
Executive Director, University Health & Counseling Services

Megan Koeth
Executive Director, Office of Resiliency