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For Stanford Travelers

Important

International travelers may resume masked activity on campus on day 0 after a negative rapid COVID test, and may resume unmasked activity after a negative rapid COVID test on day 5 after return. 

Students planning travel or returning to campus should review the Student Affairs Travel & Return Testing Guide.

Monkeypox Advisory: The CDC has issued a Level 2 Alert regarding monkeypox in multiple countries. Please see below for more details.

Please note: Reimbursement for any mandatory quarantine expenses associated with university-sponsored travel is the responsibility of the sending unit or department.

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

Travelers are strongly advised to verify travel entry requirements through the Centers for Disease Control and the country of destination.

Students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars booking air fare for university-sponsored travel must utilize a Stanford Travel booking channel in order to ensure reimbursement. 

Travelers now have the option of booking hotels outside of the Stanford Travel program and instead use the itinerary-forwarding service. Since booking a hotel through Stanford Travel affords some safety benefits and administrative efficiencies, Stanford Travel remains the preferred option. Regardless of the mode of booking hotels, travelers must continue to adhere to Stanford’s lodging policy.

Current status

As of September 21

FACULTY, STAFF, POSTDOCS and GRADUATE STUDENTS

Fully vaccinated faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students are permitted to travel both domestically and internationally without requesting an exception. Field research involving human subjects no longer requires prior approval.

All unvaccinated international travelers proposing to conduct human subjects research must be approved for a travel exception submitted no later than four weeks prior to the proposed departure date.

All undergraduate international travelers who have not been fully vaccinated and received a booster shot must be approved for a travel exception submitted at least four weeks prior to the proposed departure date.

Travel for undergraduate students is not permitted to countries, regions or cities where the International SOS risk rating is “High” or “Extreme,” or where the medical risk rating is Extreme.” Stanford may restrict travel  where there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks for the location. To determine a location’s International SOS medical and travel risk ratings, please visit this page.

Monkeypox- CDC Practice Enhanced Precautions

The CDC has issued a Level 2 Alert regarding monkeypox in multiple countries, and has published a Monkeypox Global Outbreak Map for the public. While Risk to the general public is low, you should seek medical care immediately if you develop new, unexplained skin rash (lesions on any part of the body), with or without fever and chills, and avoid contact with others.

The CDC recommends that if you are sick and could have monkeypox, delay travel by public transportation until you have been cleared by a healthcare professional or public health officials.

The quarantine period for patients who are ill with monkeypox may last from 2-4 weeks. Departments and/or travelers should be prepared to bear the costs for hotel quarantines for travelers who contract monkeypox.

ALL TRAVEL: As noted above, all campus units that fund or sponsor travel for business, research, study abroad and experiential learning opportunities must be prepared to fund and support any mandatory quarantines associated with university-sponsored travel. All undergraduate travel requires a plan for participants that become COVID positive and need to isolate in place.

Resources:

Travel Restrictions, Flight Operations, Screening, Testing 

https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening   (ISOS Membership # 11BCPA000272)

COVID-19 Conditions at Destination and Practical Factors

Stanford Vaccination Policies

Stanford Resources

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, guidance and resources may be found here. Additional information may be found here.
  • Faculty, staff, students, and postdocs: Stanford’s Global Risk office provides advice and assistance with travel preparation, risk assessment, and mitigation strategies so that faculty, students, and staff can travel with self-awareness and confidence. For travel-related questions, please contact globalrisk@stanford.edu.
  • Faculty and Staff: Stanford Environmental Health & Safety can provide pre-departure medical guidance and routine, itinerary-specific immunizations for faculty and staff. Please contact Stanford Occupational Health’s Travel Clinic to schedule an appointment. 
  • Students: Students are encouraged to contact Vaden Health Center’s Travel Clinic for a pre-departure medical consultation.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL ASSISTANCE

Travelers may benefit from global travel risk assessments and mitigation recommendations. This service is available through the Global Risk office (globalrisk@stanford.edu) and is particularly useful for:

(1) Travel to higher-risk destinations (based on information from the U.S. Department of State, Centers for Disease Control, International SOS or other reliable sources of information for health, safety or security risks),

(2) Group trips that include five or more travelers, and,

(3) Travelers with particular vulnerabilities.

Frequently asked questions

I’d like to travel internationally for a vacation. What are the rules for my return to campus?

Stanford recommends deferring international travel, even if you are vaccinated. If you plan to travel internationally, be alert to possible changes in countries’ travel restrictions (including testing on arrival and quarantine), as well as the new requirement to obtain a…

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Archived: My family lives overseas, and I would like to go home during the Thanksgiving break. What are the rules for my return?

Under current policy, regardless of vaccination status, Stanford affiliates who travel to any location outside of the United States on personal or university-sponsored business must follow some protocols before returning to campus. All international travelers are required to…

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Archived: I’m in a wedding outside California (but within the U.S.) in October. What are the rules for my return?

Under current policy, there are no testing requirements following domestic travel. However, according to CDC recommendations, unvaccinated travelers are encouraged to test “3-5 days following their return and stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days” following domestic…

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Do the university surveillance testing requirements apply during travel?

Faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students are exempt from the university surveillance testing during travel, if such testing is impractical or impossible.  Undergraduate students must follow the program testing requirements during travel. Travelers must adhere to campus access restrictions and…

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I’m conducting research away from campus, or was planning to do so. What precautions should I take?

You should carefully access your plans and discuss with your faculty advisor or PI to determine the best course of action. For example, you might consider postponing or restructuring your research plans to avoid travel and/or to reduce the number…

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What international travel restrictions, including testing and quarantine requirements, should I be aware of?

Please consider the following as you plan your international travel: Airline and international entry testing and quarantine requirements are continually changing at the local, national and international level, and require prior planning. Under current restrictions, for instance, U.S. citizens and non-citizens…

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