Being an Educated Traveler

Travel Planning during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please visit Yale University’s Travel Restrictions page for updated information about university travel policy during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

First, Register Your Travel…

Before you travel, be sure to register your travel plans using Yale’s new registry ISOS Travel Tracker so we can contact you to provide help in the event of a major emergency.  IMPORTANT:  You will need your NetID and must use a Yale networked computer or a Yale VPN connection.

…Then Do These Five Things

The University strongly encourages all members of the University community who are contemplating travel abroad for educational or other purposes to plan well in advance and to take precautions to ensure a safe trip.

In addition to registering your travel, here are five other things you can, and should, do as soon as you know you will be traveling:

Will it expire soon and need to be renewed? If you do not have a passport, apply now (there may be long waits for U.S. passports). Check the visa requirements for each country you are visiting to see if you need a visa to enter that country. Yale rates for passport and visa services are available through CIBT.

Individual students should make an appointment either with Travel Health Services for Students at Yale Health Student Health Services, 203-432-8148 or with Passport Health at 203-285-3485 or For a fee, these travel health clinics will provide pre-travel consultation, education, vaccination, travel medications, and, if necessary, referrals.

Student groups wishing to schedule group travel consultations should contact Passport Health at 203-285-3485 or to request a Group Travel Education Session either on campus or at a local Passport Health clinic.

Faculty and staff should contact Passport Health at 203-285-3485 or to schedule a pre-travel consultation and obtain any needed vaccines, medications, or other travel health supplies.

Yale College students should contact the Yale College Center for International and Professional Experience, 203-432-8761.  Yale College Student Organizations should refer to the Domestic and International Travel website for Yale College. Students in the Graduate and professional schools should contact their school representatives.

Contact Yale’s travel assistance program, International SOS (ISOS), to request a pre-departure briefing specific to your itinerary.  Complete the ISOS travel briefing form and email it to  ISOS will respond with your briefing within 72 business hours.

More about ISOS:

ISOS provides 24/7/365 service for Yale students, faculty, and staff (and accompanying family members) who are more than 100 miles from home.  All Yale community members are automatically enrolled in ISOS for both business and pleasure travel.

Services include help with locating medical providers, paying medical bills, facilitating emergency evacuations, replacing lost documents, and more.  Visit for more information.

Download, print and carry your ISOS membership card while you travel so you have ISOS emergency contact information if you need it:

Visit the ISOS online member center for destination-specific travel and security reports.

Yale’s International Travel Toolkits contain information, tools, and resources devoted to travel planning, health, safety, and conducting research abroad.  The module format, organized by topic, allows you to find answers to specific questions quickly or navigate through from beginning to end.  Access this resource by user group through the menu provided below.