On this page, you will find information and answers to frequently asked questions, related to COVID-19, for Stanford visitors. Stanford visitors include temporary community members, such as visiting scholars and researchers, as well as members of the public.
- All visitors arriving from international destinations must adhere to current Stanford travel policies, please visit the travelers page here for more information on these requirements.
- Stanford strongly recommends masking indoors and in crowded outdoor settings. Masking is required in classrooms, except while speaking; in healthcare facilities, including Vaden Health Center and Stanford hospitals and clinics; indoors at SLAC; and on Marguerite buses.
- Visiting scholars, researchers, and other temporary community members with a regular presence on a Stanford campus are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
- If a visitor tests positive for COVID-19, within 10 days of being onsite, they must complete the General COVID-19 Case Reporting Form.
Temporary Community Members: Including Visiting Scholars, Researchers, and Others
As announced in June 2021, the Provost’s COVID Academic Policy Group relaxed restrictions on new appointments of Visiting Student Researchers, Visiting Postdoctoral Scholars, Visiting Scholars, and other non-matriculated students. As of September 1, 2021, new appointments are allowed, subject to approval by the cognizant dean of the school for Visiting Student Researchers, Visiting Postdoctoral Scholars, Visiting Scholars, and other non-matriculated students who will be physically present on campus.
All temporary community members with a regular presence on campus starting June 21, 2021 will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This requirement will apply to those at Stanford locations in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, including the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, as well as SAL3 in Livermore and Hopkins Marine Station.
For the purposes of this policy, temporary community members include:
- visitors with extended academic or research appointments administered by a Stanford school, department, or unit (e.g. visiting scholars, researchers, adjunct faculty, teaching staff) on campus at least once a week, for three weeks or more;
- non-degree or non-matriculated students on campus at least once a week, for three weeks or more;
- external participants of summer programs living in campus residences.
All temporary community members described above must meet and follow University policies, including:
Face Covering Use
- Abide by the university’s indoor and outdoor face covering requirements.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
- Get vaccinated against COVID-19.
- New arrivals to campus who are unvaccinated or arriving from international destinations must restrict their activity, and follow protocols for newly arriving unvaccinated students.
- Temporary Community Members who pay the Campus Health Service Fee (such as Visiting Student Researchers) should follow the student vaccination verification process and upload their documentation into Vaden Health Center’s portal
- Temporary Community Members who DO NOT pay the Campus Health Service Fee should follow the staff, faculty and postdocs vaccination verification process and upload their documentation to Health Check.
- Vaccination is also recommended for spouses, partners, and children aged 12 years and older.
Members of the Public
Members of the public are welcome to visit Stanford museums and outdoor areas, across both campuses. At this time, other University buildings are not open to the general public. Visitor parking is available in all parts of the main campus.
Visiting the university museums
The Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University are both open to the public. Reservations are required. Face coverings and social distancing are recommended regardless of vaccination status.
Changes to Stanford art museums programming will be provided here.