Visitors Policy

Updated September 24, 2020

Short-Term Visitors

To reduce the risk of bringing cases of COVID-19 to campus, short-term visitors (anyone staying on campus for less than a full semester) are not allowed in the fall term. The Yale Visitor Center will remain closed.

Visitors are not allowed in Yale libraries, in academic, administrative or residential buildings, or in outdoor spaces until further notice. For COVID-19 safety purposes, a “visitor” is an individual who is not a Yale student, faculty member, or employee authorized to be present on campus this term. Specifically, “visitors” include the general public, local community members, alumni, donors, and spouses, partners, unrelated housemates, children, family members or guests of Yale-affiliated individuals. Visitors are also not allowed at university sponsored events on or off campus due to Yale COVID health and safety guidelines. 

Students living on campus are not permitted to host visitors in their residences at all. Meeting up with visitors in New Haven, even parents or other family members, should be carefully considered.

All visitors are required to follow State of CT travel requirements, including a 14-day quarantine for individuals traveling from affected states or from a country for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice. All visitors, even family members, should practice social distancing and wear masks.

Exceptions where visitors are allowed on campus:

  • Yale Health Center: Open to all members and their enrolled family members.
  • On-campus housing locations: Open to building residents, including those who would otherwise be classified as visitors.
  • Yale University Art Gallery and Yale Center for British Art: Open to visitors. For rules governing museum use, visit the Art Gallery and Yale Center for British Art websites.

Requesting an exception for short-term academic and research visitors:
For academic and research visitors, special exceptions may be requested by contacting the relevant school Health and Safety Leader


Scholars and Students Visiting for the Full Semester

Scholars and students who are visiting campus for the full semester are allowed and will be required to follow all university policies and public health guidelines. Those coming from a state with high COVID-19 prevalence or from a country for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Learn more about Yale’s travel guidelines and restrictions.