COVID-19 Update: Yale Health Guidance for Travelers

February 26, 2020

Dear Members of the Yale Community,

In response to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Yale is asking all travelers arriving to campus from mainland China and from South Korea to complete this registration form and to self-monitor and self-isolate for 14 days using these guidelines. Once visitors have completed the form, Yale Health will contact them to provide assistance and further instructions. If a traveler has returned from mainland China or South Korea more than 14 days ago and is asymptomatic (i.e., no fever, cough, fatigue, and/or difficulty breathing), then no further action is needed. You can read more about symptoms of COVID-19.

We have created a table to summarize CDC travel notices and Yale Health guidance (see below). This table will be regularly updated at the Yale Health announcement webpage.

CDC Travel Notice Yale Health Guidance* Countries and Regions
Warning – Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel
  • All nonessential travel to any country in this category should be cancelled or deferred.
  • Upon return, complete this registration form as well as self-monitor and self-isolate for 14 days using these guidelines.
  • People’s Republic of China (this does not include Hong Kong, Macau, or the island of Taiwan)
  • South Korea

Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

  • Travel may continue to these countries, but you may wish to reconsider your plans because the situation is changing rapidly.
  • Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe disease and should consider postponing nonessential travel.
  • Upon return, please self-observe (remain alert for fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) and see guidelines* for contacting healthcare.
  • Follow precautions to avoid illness.
  • Register your travel and download the ISOS app
  • Japan
  • Italy
  • Iran
Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions
  • Hong Kong

*If you experience fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and you have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient and/or traveled from a location with a Level 3 or Level 2 travel notice within 14 days of the onset of illness, stay home and contact a healthcare provider for guidance—do not go to a healthcare facility prior to calling your doctor or a hospital emergency room for instructions. If you are a Yale student or Yale Health member, you should contact Internal Medicine (203-432-0038), Student Health (203-432-0312), or Pediatrics (203-432-0206) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For urgent attention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please call Yale Health Acute Care (203-432-0123). If you are an Aetna member, please contact your primary care provider.

The spread of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving global situation, and it is likely the CDC will issue additional travel advisories for other countries in the coming weeks. Yale will ask travelers returning from countries with Level 3 travel alerts to complete the registration form and to participate in infection prevention through self-monitoring and self-isolation for 14 days. Travelers from Level 2 Alert Countries should monitor their temperature and symptoms for 14 days and contact a healthcare provider according to the instructions in the table above if they become ill.

There are no cases of COVID-19 infection at Yale or in Connecticut. We are working closely with the Connecticut Department of Public Health to track the overall situation regarding COVID-19 and to protect the health and wellbeing of the Yale community. Please review the Yale Health announcement webpage for additional information, including previous messages and key links.


Dr. Paul Genecin
Director, Yale Health

Donald L. Filer
Associate Vice President for Global Strategy