Updated August 17, 2021

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Travel by Faculty, Staff, and Students

Travel has been identified as a significant risk for exposure to COVID-19 and the university continues to discourage non-essential travel for faculty, staff and students for the duration of this public health crisis. The university modifies its policy on travel from time to time to align with evolving public health guidance. This policy applies to travel outside Connecticut for more than 24 hours and does not apply to faculty, staff or students commuting from their residence in another state to campus.

Connecticut and the university have adopted the CDC guidance related to travel for fully vaccinated individuals who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Subject to local requirements of a traveler’s destination, the CDC advises that such travelers do not need to be tested before or after domestic travel and do not need to quarantine upon arrival from domestic and international travel.

The CDC advises delaying travel until fully vaccinated, and the university does not support travel for unvaccinated faculty, staff or students. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Fully vaccinated travelers should follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely including mask-wearing, social distancing, and washing hands or using hand sanitizer.

Whether engaging in personal or university-sponsored travel, the following are the university’s current travel requirements for faculty, staff, and students. University requirements and Connecticut guidance may change further as public health and safety circumstances continue to evolve.

University-Sponsored Travel

The university will allow university-sponsored travel for fully vaccinated faculty, staff and students subject to obtaining approvals required under existing university policies and processes. Faculty, staff and students who are not fully vaccinated may not participate in university sponsored travel.

Faculty, students, and staff must complete the travel self-assessment when making plans to travel. All travelers must be prepared to follow all government regulations and guidelines for their destination(s). 

Requirements for Being on Campus After Travel

Fully Vaccinated Travelers

Domestic Travel. Fully vaccinated faculty, staff, students, and approved visitors are not required to test or quarantine upon arrival in Connecticut from domestic travel unless they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals experiencing symptoms, whether or not fully vaccinated, must obtain a COVID-19 test and isolate until the test result is received. If the test is positive, the individual should continue to isolate and speak to their health care provider.

International Travel. Fully vaccinated faculty, staff, students, and approved visitors coming from outside the United States, must test 3-5 days after travel and isolate for 10 days if that test is positive.

Travelers Who Are Not Fully Vaccinated

Undergraduate students who are not fully vaccinated must seek permission from the Yale College Health and Safety Leader or their designee to travel outside Connecticut. To request permission to travel, undergraduate students must use the following travel form:

Faculty, staff and students who are not fully vaccinated and have traveled outside of Connecticut and who intend or are required to be on campus within 14 days of their return to Connecticut must either:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND quarantine at home for a full 7 days after travel.
    • If the test is negative, continue to quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If the test is positive, isolate and contact their health care provider.


  • Quarantine for a full 10 days after travel.

Faculty, staff and students who have traveled outside of Connecticut should also:

  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate, test and contact their health care provider if symptoms develop.

Healthcare workers, including health professional students, who travel outside of Connecticut and are not fully vaccinated should consult their practice locations regarding travel related testing and quarantine requirements which may differ from those of the university.

United States Travel Restrictions and Quarantine Requirements for International Travelers

Effective January 26, 2021, all air passengers arriving to the US from another country are required to get tested for COVID-19 no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.

This rule applies regardless of vaccination status. For more information on this requirement, see the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Faculty, staff, and students who are foreign nationals traveling from Brazil, China, the European Schengen area, India, Iran, Ireland, and the United Kingdom are prohibited from traveling to the United States, subject to certain exceptions. This includes travelers transiting through one of these countries. Please consult the Centers for Disease Control, the State Department, and Yale Office of International Students and Scholars for additional information and exceptions.

Undergraduate students planning international travel must comply with the Travel Policy for Yale College students.

All international faculty, staff, and students coming or returning to the Yale campus from another country must comply with the Yale travel policy as described on this page.

Travel Planning Resources

It is important to plan carefully for any travel.  International travel is still restricted by many countries and those allowing entry by foreign citizens often impose mandatory quarantine requirements that sometimes include paying a substantial bond.  Frequently shifting lockdown rules, limited or canceled flights, and overburdened health systems pose added risks. This effectively means that there are very few countries that are both low risk and possible to enter. Helpful resources may be found at the links below. 

International travelers should register travel plans using Yale’s registry ISOS Travel Tracker to speed contact in the event of an emergency.


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