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 non-essential visitors and members of the public.
- To help minimize interactions between nonessential visitors and the Stanford community, visitors to academic and residential buildings of Stanford campuses are largely restricted to those approved to be onsite for education, research, and official business purposes.
- All approved visitors, for indoor or outdoor activities and events, need to complete the Stanford Visitor: Daily COVID-19 Health Attestation.
- 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.
- All visitors coming to Stanford must meet at least one of two criteria:
- be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
- receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival onsite at the visitor’s expense.
- All visitors are required to wear a face covering while indoors regardless of vaccination status.
- Visiting scholars, researchers, and other temporary community members with a regular presence on a Stanford campus are equired 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.
Stanford Visitor: Daily COVID-19 Health Attestation
To ensure the safety and public health of our Stanford University community, visitors who have been invited to campus must attest that they have screened themselves prior to arriving on Stanford campuses, do not have COVID-like symptoms, and that they are not in a restricted status requiring isolation or quarantine. Visitors may have an academic, business, research purpose for being on campus, or may be invited to a department, school, or university sponsored event.
Visitors who do not have access to Health Check must attest using the Stanford Visitor: Daily COVID-19 Health Attestation, prior to visiting our campuses. Any visitor unable to attest, is NOT approved for onsite access.
All visitors coming to a Stanford campus must attest that they meet at least one of two criteria:
1) fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (required for temporary community members)
2) received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival onsite
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the Stanford Visitor policy.
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. Starting 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.
- All temporary community members must be registered for Color testing and follow the COVID surveillance testing requirements outlined for staff, faculty and postdoctoral scholars.
- As of September 20, surveillance testing is required weekly
- New arrivals to campus must follow the “entry testing” protocols that students are required to do, submitting tests upon arrival on days 0 and 5.
- Any non-matriculated students or other temporary community members living in R&DE assigned housing on or off campus must follow the testing protocols for students.
Nonessential Visitors and Members of the Public
Nonessential visitors and the Stanford community are welcome to visit outdoor areas only across both campuses. 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, face coverings, and social distancing are still required.
Changes to Stanford art museums programming will be provided here.
The Dish area
Visitors to the Dish can now walk or jog in both directions along the path. Face coverings are still required when six feet of distance cannot be maintained between members of different households, and people should continue staying to the right of the path unless passing. The drinking fountain will remain turned off and visitors are encouraged to bring their own water. More information about visiting the Dish area is available here.