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Recently Tested Positive?

Individuals previously diagnosed with COVID-19 infection confirmed by molecular diagnostic testing (PCR) may continue to have detection of viral RNA for several weeks, and are removed from the testing program for 90 days. At the end of 90 days, you will receive an email inviting you back into the testing protocol.

If you receive positive test results from your primary care physician or another entity outside of Tufts, please provide official documentation of your positive test result for our health providers. We will ask to review your laboratory report and medical documentation supporting the fact that a healthcare professional cleared you from isolation. Please do not stop coming to your COVID-19 testing without first informing us at covidtesting@tufts.edu.

Not Feeling Well?

Regardless of school, if you develop symptoms before your scheduled arrival on campus, you should promptly be evaluated by a medical provider to arrange testing, and you must inform us immediately if your test is positive by reaching out to the health service on your campus. We will work with you on a plan to come to campus after you have been cleared by your medical provider.

Arrival Testing: School Specifics

Specific arrival testing instructions for international students are determined by whether you are fully vaccinated by your arrival date. You are fully vaccinated 14 days after your second dose of a two-shot vaccine (such as the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine) or your first dose of a one-shot vaccine (such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

For more information about Fall 2021 arrival, including vaccination information and orientation dates, please see the Fall 2021 Guidelines for International Students and Scholars page.

Fully Vaccinated International Students

Fully vaccinated international students are not required to undergo any additional steps for Tufts, but should follow CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated persons traveling internationally. All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

International Students NOT Fully Vaccinated

Any student arriving from an international location who is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon arrival to campus will be required by state and local health regulations to quarantine for 10 days or, if they receive a negative test 3-5 days after travel, they may leave quarantine after a full 7 days (leaving quarantine on the 8th day). While in the quarantine period, they will need to stay in their room and participate in all activities virtually. Once students clear the quarantine period and begin regular COVID-19 testing, they will be able to participate in campus activities.

Tufts will assist international students who need a COVID-19 vaccine upon arrival. Students will be registered for a Tufts vaccine clinic or supported in registering with a State of Massachusetts vaccination site.

Tufts vaccine clinics will be held for unvaccinated Fall 2021 student arrivals at 51 Winthrop Street, Medford, from 10am-1pm on Sept 12, 19, and 26. These clinics are for Tufts Students, Faculty and Staff who have not begun their vaccination sequence, who need their second shots, or who qualify for an additional vaccine per CDC guidance. For questions about a student's eligibility for a 3rd dose of a vaccine, please contact Health Service at 617-627-3350. All appointments will be walk-in only; no pre-registration is required. Please bring your Tufts ID with you. If this will be your second shot or booster shot, please bring your CDC vaccination card.

After receiving your second dose of the vaccine, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination to the university. This will not be done for you. Please see this COVID-19 vaccination page for guidance.

Testing requirements are still being determined and will be posted on the main COVID-19 Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine page. At a minimum, students are required to have a negative test (PCR or antibody) prior to starting on campus.

Students should plan to arrive at least 48 hours prior to their first scheduled on campus day in order to get tested. Students will need to have received a negative test result before accessing the Nutrition School building on their first day of class. For other specifics regarding fall arrival, please refer to the Fall 2021 page on the Nutrition Site.

The Boston testing center is at 116 Harrison Avenue. For up-to-date hours for all testing locations, please refer to the testing site calendar.

Boston-based September start students should plan to arrive and get tested no later than September 1 in order to attend in-person Orientation on September 2. Students will need to have received a negative test result through the Tufts Testing Center before attending orientation.

For other specifics regarding fall arrival, please refer to the GSBS COVID-19 Updates webpage.

The Boston testing center is at 116 Harrison Avenue. For up-to-date hours for all testing locations, please refer to the testing site calendar.

Both on-campus and off-campus students who are attending Tufts classes in person must complete arrival testing.

Specific arrival testing instructions for students are determined by whether you are fully vaccinated by your arrival date.

Students Not Fully Vaccinated

If you are not fully vaccinated by your arrival date, you will be required to arrive early and complete a brief quarantine combined with testing. This includes students who receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine accommodation for medical or religious reasons. Students who need vaccination will receive information about how to register for a Tufts vaccine clinic.

Unvaccinated arrivals should plan to get tested as soon as they arrive in the area, at least 7 days prior to the start of classes. You will then begin self-quarantine in-situ (e.g. in your room), only returning to campus to take another test 4 days later. If both of these tests are negative, you will be able to leave quarantine on day 8 (so you will be in quarantine for a minimum of a full 7 days, even if you receive a negative COVID-19 test sooner). While in the quarantine period, you will need to stay in your room and participate in all activities virtually. Once you’ve completed quarantine, you will begin your weekly COVID-19 routine testing program.

Tufts vaccine clinics will be held for unvaccinated Fall 2021 student arrivals at 51 Winthrop Street, Medford, from 10am-1pm on Sept 12, 19, and 26. These clinics are for Tufts Students, Faculty and Staff who have not begun their vaccination sequence, who need their second shots, or who qualify for an additional vaccine per CDC guidance. For questions about a student's eligibility for a 3rd dose of a vaccine, please contact Health Service at 617-627-3350. All appointments will be walk-in only; no pre-registration is required. Please bring your Tufts ID with you. If this will be your second shot or booster shot, please bring your CDC vaccination card.

After receiving your second dose of the vaccine, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination to the university. This will not be done for you. Please see this COVID-19 vaccination page for guidance.

Fully Vaccinated Students

You are fully vaccinated 14 days after your second dose of a two-shot vaccine (such as the Pfizer vaccine) or your first dose of a one-shot vaccine (such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

When you arrive, you will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test, the results of which will be known within 30 minutes. If you test negative, you can go about your on-campus activities, and begin your weekly COVID-19 routine testing program within 3 to 4 days. If you test positive, you will need to isolate for 10 days in your off-campus apartment or in the Mods. You will be put in touch with a clinician from Tufts Health Service, who will provide medical advice and monitoring.

Arrival Testing Site Location

When you arrive, please go to 62R Talbot to be tested (testing site hours are here) - no appointment is needed. Let the staff know that you are there for arrival testing. Please be sure to test upon your arrival to campus to have a negative result before attending any in-person activities.

Further Information

Arrival testing instructions have been emailed to all School of Dental Medicine students. Students will need to have received a negative test result before accessing the Nutrition School building on their first day of class.

The Boston testing center is at 116 Harrison Avenue. For up-to-date hours for all testing locations, please refer to the testing site calendar.

Students will need to have received a negative test result before accessing the Medical School buildings on their first day of class.

M‘25 first years should test no later than July 26 between 8am and noon in order to receive a negative test result before orientation on Tuesday, July 27.

M24 2nd years are expected to start on Monday, August 2. As the Boston testing site is closed on weekends and Fridays through July, students should arrive and test July 26 – July 29, or test over the weekend at 62R Talbot on the Medford campus. Students should plan to test no later than Saturday, July 31st, in order to receive their test results before school begins.

The Boston testing center is at 116 Harrison Avenue. For up-to-date hours for all testing locations, please refer to the testing site calendar.

International students will need to quarantine upon arrival and have been sent instructions. For more information, please see the international Student section above.Students will need to have received a negative test result before accessing the Medical School buildings on their first day of class.

  • Master of Biomedical Science (MBS) first years should test no later than August 10th between 8am and noon in order to receive a negative test result before orientation on Thursday, August 12th . Students will need to have received a negative test result through the Tufts Testing Center before attending orientation.
  • Newly Matriculated Public Health (PH) students should test no later than August 31st in order to attend in-person Orientation on September 2. Students will need to have received a negative test result through the Tufts Testing Center before attending orientation.
  • Returning Public Health students should test no later than September 2nd to attend the first day of class on September 7th. Students will need to have received a negative test result before accessing the Medical School buildings on their first day of class.
  • Returning Physician Assistant (PA) students are already included in surveillance testing and will continue testing based on schedule previously provided to you. International students will need to quarantine upon arrival and have been sent instructions. For more information, please see the international Student section above. Students will need to have received a negative test result before accessing the Medical School buildings on their first day of class.
  • International students who are unvaccinated need to quarantine for 7 days regardless of test results. After the 7-day quarantine period, students can participate fully in all campus activities, even as they are completing the vaccine series. A negative test is required prior to coming to campus.

The Boston testing center is at 116 Harrison Avenue. For up-to-date hours for all testing locations, please refer to the testing site calendar.

Visiting students participating in any in-person program, class, or workshop that is more than 5 days in duration must upload proof of vaccine, test weekly, and wear a mask on campus.  All details may be found on the University College COVID-19 Protocols page.