Travel policy changes
April 3, 2020
To the members of the Tufts community,
We are writing to share updates to the university’s guidance on travel. As you know, Tufts is actively monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and planning for a wide range of contingencies. We understand that this is a stressful time, and that many of you face great uncertainty as you try to make summer plans. We are committed to academic continuity, and to ensuring that students and faculty can participate in research, study, and internships that they have planned. We are, of course, at the same time, committed to the health, well-being, and safety of our community.
Considering uncertainty of the current situation—as well as guidance from international, national, and local agencies—Tufts is extending its previous guidance of March 10, 2020 on international and domestic travel by students, faculty, and staff as follows:
- University-sponsored travel. All university-sponsored, connected, or funded international or domestic travel by students, faculty, and staff is prohibited. These restrictions are in effect for students through August 20 and for faculty and staff through June 30. The situation will be reassessed at periodic intervals (May 1, June 1, July 1, August 1), based on international, national, state, and local guidance, to determine whether a revision or extension of the restrictions may be warranted. Given the uncertainty of the situation, faculty, staff, and students should be prepared to postpone (or cancel) any programs or work that require travel over the summer and/or to transition to an alternative, remote mode.
- Personal travel. All personal international or domestic travel is strongly discouraged. If you must travel for personal reasons, we strongly urge you to exercise extreme caution and to monitor domestic and international destinations where COVID-19 is present, as well as the CDC travel health advisories and the S. Department of State travel warnings.
- Arriving from international travel. If you arrive from any CDC Level 3 or 4 travel warning country (please consult the CDC website for the full list, as the situation is changing rapidly), you are prohibited from coming to campus and must self-quarantine for 14 days in accordance with the guidance issued by the CDC. If you are not a U.S. citizen and are arriving from China, Iran, the Schengen group of countries in Europe, the U.K., or Ireland, you will not be able to enter the country.
- Arriving from other states in the United States. If you arrive in Massachusetts from any other U.S. state, you are prohibited from coming to campus and must self-quarantine for 14 days in accordance with Governor Baker’s March 27 travel advisory to all travelers entering Massachusetts.
We understand this may be disruptive to many summer plans. We will continue to monitor the situation and guidance regarding travel by the CDC, the U.S. State Department, and other authorities, and may revise these restrictions. Thank you for your understanding.
Provost and Senior Vice President
Executive Vice President
Senior International Officer and Associate Provost
Director of Global Operations