Travel Policy

Updated June 16, 2022

Travel by Faculty, Staff, and Students

Requirements for Being on Campus After Travel

U.S. Restrictions and Requirements for International Travel

Travel Planning Resources

Travel by Faculty, Staff, and Students

Travel and associated activities have been identified as a risk for exposure to COVID-19. The CDC recommends that all individuals should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines before travel. The university strongly encourages travelers to assess risks prior to travel and employ safe practices during travel. International travel may be associated with additional conditions and requirements.

The following paragraphs outline the university’s current university-sponsored travel requirements and the return to campus requirements for both personal and university-sponsored travel. In general, the university follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel guidance.

University-Sponsored Travel

Faculty, staff, and students may travel on university business if fully vaccinated (having received two doses of Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine) or if they have an approved exemption from vaccination and are compliant with the university’s testing requirements.

Faculty, students, and staff must complete the travel self-assessment when making plans to travel internationally. All travelers must be prepared to follow all government regulations and guidelines for their destination(s). Additional guidance regarding preparations for travel is available from the CDC.

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

Requirements for Being on Campus After Travel

Domestic Travel

It is recommended that all faculty, staff, students, and visitors returning from domestic travel:

  • get tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of return if travel involved situations with greater risk of exposure such as being in areas with high community levels of transmission or crowded places while not wearing a well-fitting mask; and
  • monitor for symptoms and isolate and test immediately if symptoms arise.

International Travel

It is recommended that all faculty, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, coming from outside the United States:

  • get tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of arrival in the United States; and
  • monitor for symptoms and isolate and test immediately if symptoms arise.

Additionally, it is recommended that travelers returning to the United States who are not up to date on vaccinations:

  • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel.

Note that non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa) must be fully vaccinated, i.e., by receiving a primary series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine, to travel to the United States by plane.

United States Travel Restrictions and Quarantine Requirements for International Travelers

Proof of Vaccination

Pursuant to a presidential proclamation issued October 25, 2021, all persons traveling to the United States by air who are not U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. lawful permanent residents are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The proclamation allows for limited exceptions one of which is for persons with valid visas [excluding B-1 (business) or B-2 (tourism) visas] who are citizens of a foreign country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability. If you travel by air to the United States under an exception, you will be required to meet additional conditions and restrictions including vaccination within 60 days of arrival, testing, and quarantine. Learn more about this new vaccination requirement.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. lawful permanent resident and are fully vaccinated, make sure your vaccine and proof of vaccination are acceptable to board a flight to the United States.

Travel Planning Resources

It is important to plan carefully for any travel.  International travel restrictions vary by country and some countries impose requirements for entry or departure. Check the International SOS COVID Trip Planner for current restrictions in any country. Frequently shifting lockdown rules, limited or canceled flights, and overburdened health systems pose added risks. 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.