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For Stanford Travelers

Important

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Santa Clara County 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.

Stanford personnel who are not fully vaccinated will still be required to test and/or quarantine prior to returning to campus following personal travel. 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.

Faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and students booking air fare, hotels, or rental cars  for university-sponsored travel must utilize a Stanford Travel booking channel in order to ensure reimbursement.

Pre-travel and post-arrival testing and quarantine requirements are continually changing at the local, national and international level. 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 July 28

FACULTY, STAFF, POSTDOCS and GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Per CDC, state and county guidance, travel is allowed for fully vaccinated individuals.
  • To ensure travel reimbursement for domestic and international trips, Stanford travelers must be fully vaccinated and have uploaded proof of COVID vaccination prior to departure.
    • Faculty, staff and postdocs should upload vaccination status to Health Check.
    • Graduate students should upload vaccination documentation to the VadenPatient portal and submit their vaccination status into Health Check.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need prior approval for domestic or international travel, subject to these restrictions:
    • Travelers at schools or programs with more restrictive policies will be required to follow the more restrictive policies. 
    • Field research that involves clinical or non-clinical human subjects requires prior approval until further notice.
  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers should follow CDC, state, county, airline and country-specific guidance on testing prior to and following travel.
    • Currently, the CDC recommends that vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers test 3-5 days after completing international travel. We recommend the same for those returning from international travel. 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

For Academic Year 2021-22, proof of vaccination will be required for all undergraduate travel, with no exceptions. The final decision to proceed with the international learning opportunities is dependent upon factors such as a continued decline in case numbers and increase in vaccinations in specific locations. 

  • International and domestic undergraduate travel is expected to continue to be restricted to pre-approved programs (such as BOSP) through Fall 2021. 
  • Advice on winter travel for undergraduate students will be forthcoming. 
  • At this time, the University is advising academic departments and programs that offer study abroad and international educational learning opportunities to plan their full course of activities for Spring and Summer of 2022. The University already is working closely with campus partners to plan for Spring and Summer 2022, and to develop contingency plans should COVID conditions deteriorate.

Note: Many schools and programs have policies for student travel that are currently more restrictive than university policy. The more restrictive policies take precedence.

As with all policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, this guidance is subject to changing global health conditions.

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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.

ONGOING 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

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…

Read full answer about Archived: I need to self-isolate upon my return to the United States, but I live with other people. What should I do?