How to Have Yourself a Healthy Holiday
CELEBRATE SAFER THIS SEASON WITH THESE TIPS

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Things to do before leaving town for the Thanksgiving or the winter holidays:

Stay home before you go home!

To help protect your parents, grandparents and older relatives and friends, we encourage you to self-quarantine for 14 days before you go home for the holidays. Please minimize your exposure to others, and avoid large groups and risky locations. Have symptoms or awaiting test results? Stay home and celebrate virtually with your family to keep them safe.

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Get Tested Before You Go Home

Visit One.UF.edu to schedule a test for COVID-19 before you go home and when you come back. Results are back within 72 hours.

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Be Positive That You’re Negative!

Remember, a negative test does not mean you won’t become infectious. Wait out the 14-day incubation period to keep your family safe.

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Get your Flu Shot!

The flu and COVID-19 are in the air. Masks and a flu shot make a great pair. Get yours before you go!

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Stay Up-To-Date With Travel Restrictions

For International Travel

For Domestic Travel

Common Questions

What should I do before I go home for Thanksgiving or Winter Break?

To help protect your parents, grandparents and older relatives and friends, we encourage you to self-quarantine for 14 days before you go home for the holidays. Please minimize your exposure to others, and avoid large groups and risky locations.

Can I get a COVID-19 test before I go home for Thanksgiving or Winter Break?

Yes. Please go to One.UF.edu to schedule a COVID-19 test. UF Health Screen, Test & Protect will be expanding our testing schedule ahead of the holidays, including testing times on Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22.

How many days out should I schedule a test?

It takes  up to 72 hours to get test results. Please schedule your test according to your intended travel dates. Remember, a negative test does not mean you won’t become infectious in the future, as there is a 14-day incubation period with the coronavirus.

What if I test positive?

If your result is positive, you will be contacted by UF Health Screen, Test & Protect with instructions for isolation. You can call our hotline at 352-273-9790 with any questions.

Can I get a test if my airline/state requires one?

Yes. Please go to One.UF.edu to schedule a COVID-19 test.

We encourage you to check for any travel restrictions for the state or country you plan to enter. Additionally, please keep up-to-date on Florida’s travel restrictions before your return date, as restrictions and guidance can change quickly.

What are best practices I should keep in mind if I must fly?

  • If you plan to travel by plane, please check with your airline to determine if they require a negative lab result to board.
  • When possible, select a window seat to avoid crowding from the aisle during boarding and deboarding. Practice proper physical distancing to avoid contact with others in lines at the airport.
  • Wear a masks the entire time you are traveling. Try to skip onboard food and beverage service to keep the mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Lastly, turn the overhead air on to promote proper airflow on the plane.

What are best practices for Thanksgiving or holidays with family?

The holidays are typically a time for families to gather. Spending time inside talking, eating, singing and hugging relatives can be a recipe for a superspreading event.

We encourage you to continue to wear masks (especially when you are not with immediate family), bring food outside and have the fan on when you can.

Can I get a COVID-19 test if I return to campus after Thanksgiving?

Yes. Please go to One.UF.edu to schedule a COVID-19 test.