Summer 2021 Travel Policy
As vaccines are more widely administered throughout the general population and the Brandeis community, we recognize that safer travel is possible as fully-vaccinated travelers are less likely to acquire and spread COVID-19.
Beginning June 1, university-sponsored travel may recommence under the following guidelines.
All travelers must:
- Be fully vaccinated prior to engaging in university sponsored travel.
- Wear a tight-fitting mask over their nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with them.
- Wash their hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
Brandeis community members who are fully vaccinated may engage in university sponsored travel within the United States. In accordance with CDC guidance and the Massachusetts Travel Advisory, they are not required to test or to quarantine upon return to Massachusetts. However, all Brandeis Community members who wish to come to campus must adhere to the COVID-19 testing requirements of the Brandeis Campus Passport.
International travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for acquiring and possibly spreading COVID-19 variants. The COVID-19 situation, including the spread of new or concerning variants differs from country to country, and careful attention must be paid to the situation at the destination before traveling.
Because of these increased risks, fully vaccinated individuals wishing to travel internationally on university sponsored travel must seek written permission from their Dean or VP prior to their travel. This includes any travel associated with one’s scholarly activities as a Brandeis employee or student, even travel funded by a government grant, foundation, company or another university.
Additionally, individuals whose international travel has been approved must:
- Make sure they understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If the requirements of the destination are not followed, travelers may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
- Continuously track the current COVID-19 situation at their destination and be prepared to cancel travel plans should public health conditions deteriorate.
- Before returning to the US, all air passengers 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.
After international travel
• Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. Individuals returning from international travel may come to Brandeis to take a COVID-19 test, but must quarantine immediately after submission of their sample until a negative test result is received.
• Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if symptoms appear.
• Follow all Massachusetts Travel Advisory recommendations or requirements after travel.
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and wishing to engage in university sponsored travel must seek the permission of their Dean or VP and must quarantine away from campus until they receive a negative result from a COVID-19 test after their return.
Who is fully-vaccinated
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen) and show no symptoms of COVID-19. Only vaccines with FDA authorization are considered acceptable under the terms of this policy.