I am a Tufts employee (faculty, staff). Can I travel for university-related or funded business?
Tufts’ updated travel policy prohibits travel on Tufts-related business (whether domestic or international) unless it is essential. In circumstances in which travel is essential for research (e.g., the research cannot be done in person and cannot be postponed), exceptions may be granted by school deans (or HNRCA head). Nonetheless, we urge you to consider alternative ways to accomplish essential research, work or collaborations where these are possible.
If you need to travel, the following restrictions will apply to your travel:
- You must obtain the approval of your Dean (or their designee) if you wish to travel domestically or internationally for research and scholarship purposes.
- For university-related international travel, you will be required to register your travel in the Tufts Travel Registry. You should not register domestic travel or any personal travel. If you book your travel, try to find airlines, hotels or rentals that are offering flexible cancellation and refund policies. You are highly encouraged to book through the university’s preferred travel provider, Travel Collaborative.
- For any international or travel to states that are not “lower risk” under Massachusetts law, you should be aware that when you return, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days or until you obtain a negative COVID-19 test. If you work on campus, you may get a COVID-19 test through Tufts when you return, even if you are not in routine COVID surveillance testing. You should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a test in advance at 62R Talbot (Medford/Somerville), 116 Harrison Ave (Boston) or the Mayer Administrative Building (Grafton). If you are working remotely, you are not eligible for COVID-19 testing at Tufts but must still abide by Massachusetts rules.
- Other university, school or division restrictions will continue to apply and may affect your ability to travel. Tufts-related travel is subject to the no discretionary spending directive, which remains in effect for the entire academic year.