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For Stanford Travelers

Important

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health recommend delaying travel until persons are fully vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated Stanford personnel may return to campus without testing or self-quarantine after travel, conditional upon submission of fully vaccinated status into Health Check.

Santa Clara County strongly recommends against unvaccinated individuals engaging in any work-related travel, especially travel greater than 150 miles from the county. Additionally, Stanford personnel who are not fully vaccinated will still be required to test and/or quarantine prior to returning to campus. Further details may be found below. SLAC employees may have different policies. Students should continue participating in Stanford’s regular testing procedures.

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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health recommend delaying travel until persons are fully vaccinated.

Pre-travel and post-arrival testing and quarantine requirements are continually changing at the local, national and international level, and travelers are strongly advised to verify travel requirements through the Centers for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health or by contacting Stanford’s Global Risk office.

Current status

As of June 22

  • University-sponsored travel is in a Limited Travel phase (see travel matrix). (Note that the university travel restart is distinct from campus recovery phases).
  • Faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars may engage in university-sponsored domestic travel for educational purposes or research that does not involve human subjects without prior approval. “Domestic travel” is defined as travel that is solely within the United States, its territories and protectorates (“United States”). Further details may be found below.
  • University-sponsored international travel for essential research or education by faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars requires prior approval. “International travel” is defined as travel that: (1) is outside of the United States; (2) departing from, or returning to, the United States; and/or (3) crosses any international border or boundary. “Essential research” and “essential education” are defined below.
  • University-sponsored undergraduate travel remains suspended.
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Undergraduate Student Travel

  • Stanford-sponsored travel for undergraduate students will not be permitted through at least the end of Summer Quarter 2021. The only limited exception will be for students traveling to attend BOSP’s program in Oxford. No university funds or resources may be used, university sponsorship provided, or academic credit awarded in support of travel that has not received prior approval.
  • Stanford undergraduate students residing in the U.S. or residing overseas may not engage in Stanford-sponsored travel, but may engage in virtual/remote Stanford-sponsored experiential learning opportunities which include education, research or service activities.

Faculty, Staff, Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Travel

  • Beginning June 14, 2021, university-sponsored international travel for faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars may be permitted by prior approval if: (1) travel is for essential research or essential education as evaluated by the traveler’s school or department, and (2) with proof that the traveler is fully vaccinated. No university funds or resources may be used, university sponsorship provided, or academic credit awarded in support of travel that has not received prior approval. Individual schools and departments may have other restrictions.
    • “International travel” is defined as travel that: (1) is outside of the United States; (2) departing from, or returning to, the United States; or (3) crosses any international border or boundary.
  • “Essential education” and “essential research” are defined as:
    • Directly related to research or other functions that support the global response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic,
    • Necessary to complete essential research, defined as either critical research that could not otherwise be repeated or replaced, even at great inconvenience, or research that cannot be performed remotely and is necessary for a subject’s health and/or well-being (see further information from the Research Continuity Team and the Institutional Review Board); and/or,
    • In support of a critical university research/scholarship/education function that cannot be deferred or accomplished remotely. This is true regardless if the funds are coming from Stanford or an outside sponsor.
  • University-sponsored domestic travel by faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars for educational purposes or research that does not involve human subjects no longer requires prior approval. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health recommend that domestic travelers be fully vaccinated.
    • “Domestic travel” is defined as travel that is solely within the United States.
    • Stanford affiliates traveling or conducting research within the United States are required to adhere to the university’s travel and field research best practices. For additional support related to field safety, researchers should visit fieldsafety.stanford.edu or contact ehs_field_safety_support@lists.stanford.edu.
    • Field research that involves clinical or non-clinical human subjects continues to require prior approval.
    • Field research at Hopkins Marine Station and Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve continue to require prior approval.

Post-Travel Testing and Quarantine Requirements

Domestic Travel

  • Stanford personnel who are not fully vaccinated and have traveled outside of California may return to the Stanford main campus or Stanford Redwood City campus after they have received a negative COVID-19 test 5 or more days after their return from travel (or after 10 days without a COVID-19 test).
  • Fully vaccinated Stanford personnel may return to campus without testing or self-quarantine after domestic travel conditional upon submission of fully vaccinated status into Health Check.

After domestic travel, it is recommended that postdoctoral scholars who neither live on campus nor come to campus frequently, but who are approved to come to campus, test if symptomatic or suspect exposure to COVID-19. Weekly testing is recommended until fully vaccinated.

International Travel

  • Stanford personnel returning from international travel who are not fully vaccinated are required to test 5 days after return from international travel and are restricted from campus for 7 days regardless of test result. If an international  traveler does not test, they are restricted from campus for 10 days after return from international travel.
  • Fully vaccinated Stanford personnel may return to campus without testing or self-quarantine after international travel, conditional upon submission of fully vaccinated status into Health Check. It is recommended that faculty and staff who are approved to come to campus test 3-5 days after international travel.
  • Students must follow campus protocols.

Frequently asked questions

Archived: I am a remote staff member. When will I be able to travel back to campus?

Given the current state of affairs, all university-sponsored travel will remain suspended until further notice. You should continue to conduct business over Zoom and other collaboration tools. Learn more about the university’s updated travel policy here.

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Archived: 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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