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For Stanford Travelers

Important

Important for the Stanford community is a change for those returning to Santa Clara County from travel outside the area. Beginning Monday, November 30, anyone who returns to Santa Clara County after traveling more than 150 miles away must quarantine for 14 days. There is no longer an option to test out of quarantine after five days. For more information, see this announcement.

On this page, you will find information on travel advisory and guidance, what to do when you return to Stanford from travel, and links to frequently asked questions about business travel, cancellations and reimbursements.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends against travel during the holidays. Travel exception requests submitted (as per the guidelines below) during the University winter closure will not be reviewed until after January 4, 2021.

Current status

As of Dec. 3

  • For university-sponsored travel, Stanford is currently in Travel Phase 2. All university-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice. Please note that the University’s travel restart procedures are separate from the campus reopening process. Find the university’s updated travel policy here and more information on the travel restart phases here. Information about winter break travel will be forthcoming.
  • To request an exception for university-sponsored travel, use the form found here. No exceptions will be made for undergraduate students.
  • Individuals who have traveled outside of Northern California are restricted from returning to Stanford campuses for 14-days — unless they receive testing at, or after, day 5 post-return and receive a negative result.
  • Students are following a modified protocol. Winter break COVID testing and travel guidance for students can be found here
  • Similarly, the restrictions on returning travelers do NOT apply in Stanford Health Care (SHC) buildings.

An overview of all current policies and status regarding COVID-19 is available here.

Returning to Stanford from travel (updated July 22)

Stanford is implementing new protocols for those returning to campus from travel outside of Northern California. Some members of our community may have traveled and are, or soon will be, returning to Stanford. Travel during this outbreak carries a greater risk of acquiring COVID-19 than staying home would, due to the probability of increased contact with individuals from other hot spot areas of the country.

Stanford University return from travel restrictions

Stanford is implementing on-campus access restrictions and/or testing requirements for individuals who have traveled outside of Northern California. This applies to anyone who plans to come to campus buildings or offices for any reason other than health care or approved packing of belongings from students residences.

Stanford has implemented on-campus access restrictions and/or testing requirements for individuals who have traveled outside of Northern California. This applies to anyone who plans to come to campus buildings or offices for any reason other than health care. Students are following a modified protocol that can be found here.

Map of Northern California counties (north of, and including, Monterey, Kings, Tulare and Inyo counties.
Individuals who travel outside of the counties included on this map are restricted from returning to Stanford campuses for 14 days unless they receive testing at, or after, day 5 post-return and receive a negative result.

For international travel, please be sure to monitor CDC and Department of State advisories and restrictions.

Stanford Health Care (SHC) and Stanford Children’s Health Policy

For all SHC buildings:

(Please Note: The July 22 policy update about returning to Stanford from travel does NOT apply in Stanford Health Care Buildings. SHC has their own policies listed below.)

  • Domestic travelers have no onsite restrictions but must adhere to all existing personal protective equipment protocols.
  • International travelers should self-quarantine for 5 days and then undergo COVID-19 viral testing. If the COVID-19 test is negative, they may return to work with appropriate masking.

Frequently asked questions