Travel Guidelines

Updated September 24, 2020

Travel into Connecticut

To reduce the risk of importing COVID-19, the State of Connecticut requires individuals traveling to Connecticut from high incidence states or from a country for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, to quarantine for 14 days following their arrival. This requirement applies to all arriving or returning students, faculty, staff and visitors including those returning from essential travel during the semester.

Although the Governor’s Executive Order 9C provides that a traveler to Connecticut returning from a state or country identified as high risk may test out of mandatory 14-day quarantine by obtaining a test within 72 hours of arrival or a test upon arrival and quarantining until the test result is received, Yale is requiring additional measures for members of the Yale community.

Effective Wednesday, September 23, 2020, the following is the policy for travel to Yale:

  • Anyone who arrives at or returns to Yale from an affected state or country and intends or is required to be on campus within two weeks of their arrival or return must either:
    • Quarantine for fourteen 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 until negative results are received for both tests.
      • If both tests are negative, the individual may return to campus and is strongly encouraged to participate in voluntary testing for at least one more week.
      • Go to https://covid19.yale.edu/screening to schedule tests.
  • Individuals with university testing requirements on arriving to campus may leave quarantine for their required tests but should return promptly to quarantine.
  • Any student returning from travel  must quarantine in their room or apartment.
  • Faculty and staff will quarantine at home.
  • If a staff member is required to work on campus and chooses to travel to an affected state or country for any reason, they must inform their supervisor of the date they will return and confirm receipt of the two negative tests prior to returning to work. Staff traveling to affected states or countries for personal reasons will use paid time off (or go unpaid) during this quarantine period.
  • Healthcare workers, including health professional students, and Yale Health and Yale Medicine patient-facing employees, must must also test twice, but will be allowed to return to work after the first negative test while following all appropriate self-monitoring and PPE requirements for their role. Please contact Employee Health with questions.

Quarantine Requirements for International Students and Scholars

All students and scholars arriving from a country for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice must quarantine in their rooms or apartments for fourteen days or obtain two negative tests as described above.

See additional information from the CDC about recommended precautions after travel, regardless of departure point.

International students from Brazil, China, and Iran are required by presidential proclamation to spend 14 days quarantine in another country that does not bar travel to the U.S. before entering the United States. Read more detail on the presidential proclamations. Please note that F-1 international students from Europe, including the United Kingdom and Ireland, are exempted from the relevant presidential proclamations.

Travel Outside of Connecticut

To do our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19, travel outside of Connecticut is strongly discouraged for faculty and staff for the duration of this public health crisis.

Students have made the commitment in the Community Compact to remain in Connecticut until November 21, 2020. During this period, undergraduates may travel outside Connecticut only with prior notice and approval from the Yale College HSL and such travel must be essential for educational or personal reasons. The university strongly urges graduate and professional students to limit their travel outside Connecticut and such students must notify their school’s HSL prior to such travel. In all cases, students returning to Yale after such travel must follow Connecticut and Yale protocols which involve a period of quarantine if travel is from a high incidence state or country as defined by Connecticut.

To notify or request permission from an HSL to travel, students must fill out a travel form and submit it to their HSL:

Everyone should wear masks or other face coverings and practice physical distancing to the greatest extent possible while traveling.

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