Yale University Travel Resources

Updated 8/10/2021

Members of the Yale community should consult the university’s COVID-19 travel guidelines before making plans for any travel. That page includes information on quarantine requirements, guidelines for university-related  travel, and State of Connecticut advisories. These may change as public health and safety circumstances demand, so be sure to consult it regularly.

Faculty, students, and staff must also complete the travel self-assessment when making plans for any international travel (this includes university-sponsored and personal travel). All travelers must also be prepared to follow all government regulations and guidelines for their destination(s). 

The table below summarizes some issues for consideration when planning travel to different destinations and provides links to a variety of resources.

Health Safety

Government Restrictions

Practical

International

Drive from US to Canada or Mexico

*Ensure compliance with standard precautions that apply on and off campus

*Follow CDC guidance on safety and transportation options

*Follow Yale EHS guidance on vehicle use

*Land border crossings between U.S. and Mexico are closed to non-essential travel.

*Limited services in some places. 

Fly to/from US

*Follow CDC guidance on air travel below. 

*Ensure compliance with standard precautions that apply on and off campus

*Assess daily COVID-19 situation at destination

*Detailed COVID-19 statistics are available here

*What is the nature of the local health system in the event you fall ill (with anything) or suffer an injury (travel restrictions may prevent your evacuation), consult International SOS at +1-215-942-8478

*Follow Yale EHS guidance on vehicle use

*Are you prepared to quarantine?

*As of January 26, all air travelers arriving from outside of the US must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from no more than 3 days before their flight departs or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 (regardless of vaccine status). See CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions for details.

*US government restrictions severely limit who may enter the US. 

*Consider deferring travel to any countries that are listed as CDC level 4 or level 3 advisories, do not have reported data (CDC level unknown), or are listed “Do Not Travel” by the U.S. Department of State.

*Travelers can check the U.S. State Department website for specific country entry restrictions.

*Do not travel until local restrictions on movement are lifted. ISOS provides comprehensive summary of restriction in all countries on the ISOS website (requires a NetID to access and Yale’s Membership Number is 11B824535).

*Be wary of airlines offering reservations on flights that are not being operated regularly. 

*Avoid travel to destinations with only occasional flights.

*An outbreak could occur at any time at the destination (or transit location) and could escalate rapidly – are you prepared to stay in that location for an extended period?

*Be prepared for local hostility (you may be seen as a threat given the relative seriousness of outbreak in US).

Researcher is in country

*Ensure compliance with standard precautions that apply on and off campus

*Follow Yale EHS guidance on vehicle use

*Local domestic movement restrictions.  ISOS summaries provide starting point.

*Other non-movement related internal conditions

*Local only

Local or regional travel (e.g. within EU)

*Ensure compliance with standard precautions that apply on and off campus

*Follow CDC guidance on safety and transportation options

*Follow Yale EHS guidance on vehicle use

*Local domestic movement restrictions.  ISOS summaries provide starting point.

*Other non-movement related internal conditions

*Local only

Domestic

Researcher is in location

*Ensure compliance with standard precautions that apply on and off campus

*Follow COVID-19 data by state and county at CovidActNow

*Follow Yale EHS guidance on vehicle use

*Consult state and local restrictions using CDC Travel Planner

*Local only

Drive, no overnight

*Ensure compliance with standard precautions that apply on and off campus

*Follow CDC guidance on safety and transportation options

*See COVID-19 data by state and county at CovidActNow

*Follow Yale EHS guidance on vehicle use

*Consult state and local restrictions using CDC Travel Planner

*None

Drive, overnight stays

*Ensure compliance with standard precautions that apply on and off campus

*Follow CDC guidance on safety and transportation options

*See COVID-19 data by state and county at CovidActNow

*Follow Yale EHS guidance on vehicle use

*Consult state and local restrictions using CDC Travel Planner

*Limited services in some places. 

Flight

*Ensure compliance with standard precautions that apply on and off campus

*Follow CDC guidance on air travel below. 

*Follow CDC guidance on safety and transportation options

*See COVID-19 data by state and county at CovidActNow

*Follow Yale EHS guidance on vehicle use

*Consult state and local restrictions using CDC Travel Planner

*Limited flights

*Limited services in some places.

CDC guidance on air travel

Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and you may have to sit near others (within 6 feet), sometimes for hours.

Yale resources

Numerous resources are available on the Yale and the World website to assist with travel planning, pre-departure preparations, orientation on arrival, and returning home.