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For Stanford Travelers

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.

Current status

As of Sept. 25

  • Stanford is currently in Travel Phase 2. Non-essential travel is suspended through January 4, 2021. 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.
  • To request an exception for travel, use the form found here. No exceptions will be made for undergraduate students. (NOTE: H&S Faculty, staff, students and postdoctoral scholars should use this form.)
  • 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.
  • The restrictions on returning travelers outside of Northern California do NOT apply to new incoming students or current students who are returning to campus after being away for the summer. A testing protocol applies for arriving students that replaces the 14-day quarantine requirement. Similarly, the restrictions on returning travelers do NOT apply in Stanford Health Care (SHC) buildings.

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.

This restriction lasts for 14-days unless the individual is tested at, or after, day 5 post-return. Testing for clearance purposes may not happen sooner than 5 days. If the results of the COVID-19 viral testing are negative, the general 14-day restriction can be lifted.

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.

(Please note: The July 22 policy update about returning to Stanford from travel does NOT apply to new incoming students. A testing protocol is in the works for when they arrive on campus to replace the 14-day quarantine requirement.)

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

Graduate students living on campus who are returning from travel and have questions or need assistance complying with this protocol are encouraged to reach out to the Graduate Life Office via email at graduatelifeoffice@stanford.edu.

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