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I am a student and plan to travel for research, study or work related to or supported by Tufts. Can I travel?

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All domestic and personal international travel is allowed without restrictions. All Tufts-related international travel must follow the current review process, including approval by the dean or division VP’s office and review by the ITRC for students and by the Integrative Safety Committee (ISC) for research-related travel. All international travelers (personal and Tufts-related) must follow the return quarantine protocols according to their vaccination status. All travelers should be familiar with and follow local guidance at their destination. Even if fully vaccinated, travelers should follow safe travel guidelines to protect themselves and others. For more guidance on travel, visit Testing at Tufts.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:45am

I am a Tufts employee (faculty, staff). Can I travel for university-related or funded business?

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All domestic and personal international travel is allowed without restrictions. All Tufts-related international travel must follow the current review process, including approval by the dean or division VP’s office and review by the ITRC for students and by the Integrative Safety Committee (ISC) for research-related travel. All international travelers (personal and Tufts-related) must follow the return quarantine protocols according to their vaccination status. All travelers should be familiar with and follow local guidance at their destination. Even if fully vaccinated, travelers should follow safe travel guidelines to protect themselves and others. For more guidance on travel, visit Testing at Tufts.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:47am

I am planning to travel for personal reasons. Is it OK to travel?

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All domestic and personal international travel is allowed without restrictions. All travelers should be familiar with and follow local guidance at their destination. Even if fully vaccinated, travelers should follow safe travel guidelines to protect themselves and others.

All travelers must follow the return to campus testing protocols according to their vaccination status. For more information
visit Testing at Tufts.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:49am

I have been vaccinated. Do I still need to self-quarantine when I return?

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According to the Massachusetts Travel Advisory, you no longer need to self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated. However, you must still abide by Tufts’ policies, regardless of your vaccination status. This means you will need to test for COVID (and get a negative result) prior to coming to campus, and receive a second negative COVID-19 test 3-4 days after the first.

Last update: Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 - 4:18pm

I have been vaccinated. Do I still need to get approval from my Dean (or their designee) to travel internationally?

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Yes, if you are traveling on university-related business. Although the CDC now does not direct people who have been vaccinated to avoid travel, they still warn that international travel poses extra risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers are at greater risk of getting and spreading new COVID-19 variants. In addition, the other risks of international travel (e.g., risk of getting stuck indefinitely due to changes in host country restrictions or transportation options) remain.

Last update: Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 - 4:16pm

Do I need to self-quarantine when I return from travel?

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All travelers (personal and Tufts-related) must follow arrival testing and quarantine protocols regardless of vaccination status. 

For information on arrival testing and quarantine for domestic and international travelers, see Testing at Tufts.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:51am

What precautions should I take if I travel?

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You should be aware that traveling—along with other factors—can significantly increase your risk of exposure—e.g., destination, mode of travel, ability to social distance, mask use, use of good hygiene resources and procedures, and avoiding large groups of people in close proximity for extended periods of time. If you do choose to travel, we urge you to exercise extreme caution.

We urge you strongly to:

  • Monitor both domestic and international destinations where COVID-19 is present, as well as information, travel warnings, health advisories, travel and movement restrictions (e.g., use of public transportation, border closings, screening procedures at airports/stations, etc.) and quarantine requirements and conditions at your destination. These do change frequently.

The CDC website, as well as the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)U.S. Department of State, and International SOS provide useful updated information. Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering also has an excellent site with daily updates of cases worldwide. 

  • Take basic precautions recommended by the CDC while you travel.  Your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 depends on your own behavior as well as your travel pattern, destination or means of transportation. Therefore, you should be sure to:        
    • Avoid close contact with sick people
    • Distance yourself from others—stay at least 6 feet away to prevent exposure through coughing
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a face mask
    • Cover your cough with your upper sleeve or elbow
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60 percent to 95 percent alcohol
    • Wipe down frequently touched objects (e.g., phones) and surfaces
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Do not share drinks/food/cigarettes, utensils, vaping products, etc.
  • Speak with your manager/supervisor (including prior to traveling, if possible) on how quarantine guidelines issued by the State of Massachusetts and by the CDC for travelers returning either from domestic or international travel may affect your ability to return to work.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if you get symptoms, which include coughing, fever, and difficulty breathing.
Last update: Monday, Nov 9, 2020 - 3:03pm

Who can help me if I get stuck while I am traveling?

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If you are on university-related travel, please call International SOS at +1 (215) 942-8478. They can help you assess your situation and find suitable accommodation and medical advice or treatment, if needed.  You will need to follow local guidance on procedures and next steps.

For personal travel, it is highly recommended that you obtain a travel assistance provider. You can buy the International SOS coverage at 20% discount.

Last update: Monday, Nov 9, 2020 - 2:41pm

These FAQs are subject to change. Please check back here for the latest guidance. If you do not  find the information you are looking for, please send an email to COVID19@tufts.edu.