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For Stanford Travelers

Important

The County of Santa Clara Mandatory Directive on Travel requires that all persons traveling into Santa Clara County, whether by air, car, train, or any other means, directly or indirectly from a point of origin greater than 150 miles from the county’s borders must quarantine for at least 10 days after arrival. There is no testing option to shorten this period.

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. Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Pre-travel and post-arrival testing and quarantine requirements are continually changing, and travelers are strongly advised to verify travel requirements through the Centers for Disease Control or by contacting Stanford’s Global Risk office.

Current status

As of Feb. 26

  • University-sponsored travel is in Phase 1 of recovery.  Please note that the university’s travel restart procedures are separate from the campus reopening process.
  • University-sponsored travel remains suspended through at least the end of the Spring Quarter 2021. The Centers for Disease Control recommends against travel, and Stanford is closely monitoring and tracking relevant guidance.
  • University-sponsored travel is only permitted by limited exception for:
    • Essential research to destinations within 150 miles of Santa Clara County borders.
    • Essential education or research beyond 150 miles of Santa Clara County borders.
    • Travel exception requests associated with essential medical care will continue to be considered.
  • In accordance with the County of Santa Clara Mandatory Directive on Travel, individuals who have traveled 150 miles outside of Santa Clara County must quarantine for 10 days upon return. There is no testing option to shorten this period.
    • The County of Santa Clara Mandatory Directive on Travel is in effect until rescinded or modified by the county.
  • Students are following a modified protocol.

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

For all SHC buildings:

(Please Note: The December 7 policy update about returning to Stanford from travel does NOT apply in Stanford Health Care Buildings. SHC has their own policies listed below.)

  • Persons coming into Santa Clara County to work at, or obtain services from, a healthcare facility are exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement.

Frequently asked questions

I need to self-isolate upon my return to the United States, but I live with other people. What should I do?

Beginning Monday, November 30, anyone who returns to Santa Clara County after traveling more than 150 miles away must quarantine for 10 days. There is no longer an option to test out of quarantine after five days.  Stanford recommends following…

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