Yale University Travel Restrictions

Updated 11/23/2020

Members of the community are eager to resume work, including travel, and make plans related to research projects, fellowships, study abroad, and attendance at conferences and workshops.

Travel outside of the New Haven region is discouraged for all members of our community until further notice. Anyone who must travel is encouraged to get tested and receive a negative result prior to departure. Members of the campus community may schedule tests through the Yale COVID-19 Screening Program.

With limited exceptions, only university-sponsored travel approved by the Off-Campus Research and Fieldwork Committee is permitted. The committee has deemed certain limited forms of research travel as exempt, but most off-campus researchers will need to submit their proposals for research to the committee via the EHS Integrator (VPN required). 
 

All other Yale-sponsored travel is prohibited until further notice. This includes both domestic and international travel. In limited cases, staff may seek exceptions for domestic and international travel that is essential to their work. Such exceptions require endorsement from the staff member’s direct supervisor, a risk review by the Office of International Affairs, and approval by the relevant vice president. Students must fill out a form and submit it to their Health and Safety Leader (HSL) prior to travel:

The table below summarizes the considerations for different destinations, provides links to resources, and shows current Yale policy related to research travel. This policy applies to all members of the Yale community – faculty, staff, fellows, undergraduates, and graduate and professional students. Individuals should be able to indicate to the committee that they can adhere to local health safety practices and Yale guidance (PIs are responsible for making sure their researchers are safe). Health and safety plans should address risk to travelers while en route and at destination, risk to others in the destination community, and risk to the Yale community upon return. Note that undergraduate travel will only be approved in very rare circumstances.

Members of the Yale community are urged to consider whether any trip needs to be taken at that time to that destination, including personal travel. Any traveler who is ill or higher risk should not travel at this time. Evidence is inconclusive on whether individuals who have had COVID-19 may be reinfected, therefore, no exceptions are made for these individuals.

Upon return to New Haven, everyone should be prepared to adhere to public health directives and guidance. In addition, Yale requires all members of the community to adhere to additional quarantine measures described here.

Health Safety

Government Restrictions

Practical

Yale Policy

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

*US-Canada border closed except to essential transit by US and Canadian citizens

*Land border crossings between U.S. and Mexico are closed to non-essential travel until at least October 21.

*Limited services in some places. 

*Permitted with approval of Off-Campus Research and Fieldwork Committee.

*To reduce the risk of importing COVID-19, the State of Connecticut requires individuals traveling to Connecticut to quarantine for 14 days following their arrival. Yale requires additional measures described here.

*All other Yale-sponsored travel is prohibited until further notice. For exceptions, see the instructions above.

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 for 14 days upon return home? This is required.

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

*The European Union restricts travel to Europe from the U.S. and other countries. 

*Defer travel until US Department of State advisory lowered below 4.

*Do not travel until CDC advisory lowered below 3.

*Do not travel until local restrictions on movement are lifted.  ISOS provides comprehensive summary of restriction in all countries on the ISOS website.

*Many flights cancelled. 

*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).

*Restricted. Researchers whose research travel plans are feasible based on health, safety, and government restrictions, as well as practical considerations are permitted to travel by international flight with approval of the Off-Campus Research and Fieldwork Committee. All other university-sponsored international travel, including short trips to a conference or to give a talk, is prohibited.  Personal travel should be deferred whenever possible.

*To reduce the risk of importing COVID-19, the State of Connecticut requires individuals traveling to Connecticut to quarantine for 14 days following their arrival. Yale requires additional measures described here.

*All other Yale-sponsored travel is prohibited until further notice. For exceptions, see the instructions above.

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

*Permitted with approval of Off-Campus Research and Fieldwork Committee.

*To reduce the risk of importing COVID-19, the State of Connecticut requires individuals traveling to Connecticut to quarantine for 14 days following their arrival. Yale requires additional measures described here.

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

*Permitted with approval of Off-Campus Research and Fieldwork Committee.

*To reduce the risk of importing COVID-19, the State of Connecticut requires individuals traveling to Connecticut to quarantine for 14 days following their arrival. Yale requires additional measures described here.

*All other Yale-sponsored travel is prohibited until further notice. For exceptions, see the instructions above.

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

*Local restrictions as specified by state public health authorities

*Local only

*Permitted with approval of Off-Campus Research and Fieldwork Committee.

*To reduce the risk of importing COVID-19, the State of Connecticut requires individuals traveling to Connecticut to quarantine for 14 days following their arrival. Yale requires additional measures described here.

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

*Local restrictions in other states as specified by state public health authorities

*None

*Permitted with approval of Off-Campus Research and Fieldwork Committee.

*To reduce the risk of importing COVID-19, the State of Connecticut requires individuals traveling to Connecticut to quarantine for 14 days following their arrival. Yale requires additional measures described here.

*All other Yale-sponsored travel is prohibited until further notice. For exceptions, see the instructions above.

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

*Local restrictions in other states as specified by state public health authorities

*Limited services in some places. 

*Permitted with approval of Off-Campus Research and Fieldwork Committee.

*To reduce the risk of importing COVID-19, the State of Connecticut requires individuals traveling to Connecticut to quarantine for 14 days following their arrival. Yale requires additional measures described here.

*All other Yale-sponsored travel is prohibited until further notice. For exceptions, see the instructions above.

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

*Local restrictions in other states as specified by state public health authorities

*Limited flights

*Limited services in some places.

*Permitted with approval of Off-Campus Research and Fieldwork Committee.

*To reduce the risk of importing COVID-19, the State of Connecticut requires individuals traveling to Connecticut to quarantine for 14 days following their arrival. Yale requires additional measures described here.

*All other Yale-sponsored travel is prohibited until further notice. For exceptions, see the instructions above.

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. This may increase your risk for exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

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.