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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.

Employees arriving from travel of more than 150 miles from Santa Clara County or San Mateo County can return to the Stanford main campus or Stanford Redwood City campus after receiving a negative COVID-19 test 5 or more days after their arrival back (or after 10 days without a COVID-19 test). SLAC employees may have different policies. Students should continue participating in Stanford’s regular twice-weekly testing for students.

Stanford’s travel policy applies, regardless of vaccination status.

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 against non-essential 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 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 Apr. 16

  • University-sponsored travel is in a Restricted Travel phase (see travel matrix). (Note that the university travel restart is distinct from campus recovery phases).
  • University-sponsored travel remains restricted through at least the end of Summer Quarter 2021. No university funds or resources may be used, university sponsorship provided, or academic credit awarded in support of travel that is not permitted.

Undergraduate Student Travel

    • Stanford-sponsored international 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.
    • 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.

Graduate Student, Staff, Faculty and Postdoctoral Scholar Travel

    • Beginning June 1, 2021, Stanford-sponsored international travel for graduate students, staff, faculty and postdoctoral scholars may be permitted by limited exception as long as: (1) travel is for essential research or essential education as evaluated by the traveler’s school or department, and (2) the traveler has been fully vaccinated.
    • Beginning June 1, 2021, Stanford-sponsored domestic travel for graduate students, staff, faculty and postdoctoral scholars may be permitted by approval as long as travel is for essential research or essential education as evaluated by the traveler’s school or department.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health recommend that domestic travelers be fully vaccinated.
    • Essential education or 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 function that cannot be deferred or accomplished remotely. This is true regardless if the funds are coming from Stanford or an outside sponsor. 
  • Travel exception requests associated with essential medical care will continue to be considered.
  • University policy requires that faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and students book approved travel (flights, hotels and car rentals) through the Stanford Travel program.
  • In accordance with California Department of Health guidance, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars who travel more than 150 miles from Santa Clara County or San Mateo County may return to the Stanford main campus or Stanford Redwood City campus after receiving a negative COVID-19 test 5 or more days after their arrival back (or after 10 days without a COVID-19 test).

Students must follow campus protocols. Students who arrive on campus for the spring quarter, or who otherwise arrive from travel, should participate in Stanford’s regular COVID-19 testing regimens for students, which include required twice-weekly testing. This applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

Frequently asked questions

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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