Travel Guidelines

Updated January 13, 2021

To do our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19, the university is strongly discouraging unnecessary travel for students, faculty and staff for the duration of this public health crisis. The following are the university’s current guidelines for travel from and to Connecticut. These guidelines may change as public health and safety circumstances demand.

Student Travel From Connecticut

Between November 22, 2020 and the Return for Spring Semester
Over the winter recess, undergraduates remaining on campus may take one non-emergency trip out of Connecticut for which they do not need permission but must notify the Yale College Health and Safety Leader (HSL) of their travel plans.

Graduate and professional schools students must follow their school’s travel requirements with respect to notifying their HSLs during this period.

To request permission to travel or to provide notification of travel to their HSL, students must fill out a travel form in advance:

In all cases, students returning to Connecticut must follow the university’s travel policy below.

Staff Travel from Connecticut

If a staff member is required to work on campus and chooses to travel outside of Connecticut for any reason, they must inform their supervisor of the date they will return and confirm receipt of two negative tests as provided below prior to returning to work. Staff traveling for personal reasons will use paid time off (or go unpaid) during this travel quarantine period.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Travel or Return to Connecticut

State Requirements
To reduce the risk of importing COVID-19, the Governor’s Executive Order 9S provides that a traveler to Connecticut from outside the United States or from a U.S. state or territory other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island must quarantine for 10 days following their arrival. Executive Order 9S further provides that such a traveler may test out of mandatory 10-day quarantine by obtaining a test with a negative result within 72 hours prior to arrival or a test upon arrival and quarantining until the test result is received and is negative. Travel forms and frequently asked questions about Connecticut rules for travel may be found here.

Yale Requirements
In order to provide enhanced protection for our community, Yale is requiring additional measures for all arriving or returning students, faculty, staff and visitors including those returning from essential travel.

Until further notice, the following is the policy for travel to Yale:

  • Anyone having spent more than 24 hours outside of Connecticut in any state or country, or any length of time if a close contact with any individual from outside of Connecticut was involved, who arrives at or returns to Connecticut and intends or is required to be on campus within two weeks of their arrival or return must either:
    • Quarantine for 10 days OR
    • Obtain a test on their first full day in Connecticut (day #1) and a second test no sooner than four days later (day #5) and quarantine in their residence until negative results are received for both tests. Individuals may leave travel quarantine for their required tests and then return promptly to quarantine. If both tests are negative, the individual may access campus; and, if the individual is not participating in the university’s mandatory testing program, they are strongly encouraged to participate in voluntary testing for at least one more week. Go to Yale’s Screening Program to schedule a test.
  • Healthcare workers, including health professional students, should consult their practice locations regarding travel related testing and quarantine requirements which may differ from those of the university.

Travel Restrictions and Quarantine Requirements for International Faculty, Staff and Students
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 the European Schengen area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, China and Iran 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 and the State Department for additional information and exceptions.  

All travelers entering the U.S. at one of the New York airports will need to complete the Traveler Health Form and present it at the port of entry. If you are traveling directly to Connecticut from the airport, you may do so; if you are planning to spend time in New York, please refer to the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory website. If you are entering the U.S. at other locations, please check the requirements of that state (New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island).

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

Visit the Yale University Travel Restrictions page for additional information about out-of-state travel related to research activities or other business purposes.