End-of-Semester Testing

KU is offering free COVID-19 testing for eligible students, faculty or staff who are traveling home or to other destinations at the end of the semester.

Traveling increases your chance of getting and spreading the virus, and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. While optional travel is still discouraged, some members of our community must travel at the end of the semester — particularly students who will head home for winter break.

KU is offering testing for the following members of our campus community:

  1. Students, faculty, and staff whose travel plans require a negative test, either mandated by an airline or by their final destination.  
  2. Students, faculty, and staff who are returning to a household with a person who is at high risk for severe complications of COVID-19, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Members of the KU community who meet one of these two criteria will have the opportunity to obtain a saliva test at no cost.

Important Notes:
  • These tests are intended for people who are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19. If you are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call KU’s COVID-19 call center to set up an appointment to be tested at 785-864-9000.
  • You should not get tested through this process if you have previously tested positive for the virus within the last 90 days. If this applies to you, you should seek documentation from the provider who administered your test if it is needed for travel.
  • We will continue to offer testing opportunities for members of our KU community who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 throughout most of the break between semesters. Those seeking tests should call 785-864-9000 for additional information.
  • These testing opportunities do not remove the risks of transmission. A negative test result does not mean that you do not currently have COVID-19 or that you won’t contract it as you travel to your eventual destination.
  • A negative test result is only reflective of a single point in time. Students or others who are returning to homes with family members who are at high risk for COVID-19 are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days before traveling, even with a negative test result.


Additional Travel Guidance

Students and employees who are traveling should also review KU’s current travel restrictions initially announced in August and further detailed under Travel FAQs. Additional guidelines are available on this website and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.