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Travel Guidelines

All personal and business travel must be registered through the travel registration form.

Domestic Travel

Recommendations for FULLY VACCINATED People

If you are fully vaccinated, take the following steps to protect others when you are travelling domestically:

While you are traveling:

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).
  • Follow all state and local recommendations and requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.

After you travel:

  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements. You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.

Recommendations for UNVACCINATED People

If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Before you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.

While you are traveling:

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).
  • CDC recommends that travelers who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance when traveling.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

After you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Recommendations for FULLY VACCINATED People

Prior to traveling:

  • Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, mask wearing, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
  • Check the current COVID-19 situation in your destination.

While you are traveling:

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).
  • Follow all recommendations and requirements at your destination, including mask wearing and social distancing.

Before you arrive in the United States:

  • 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.

After you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

Recommendations for UNVACCINATED People

If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Before you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
  • Check the COVID-19 situation in your destination.

While you are traveling:

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus). CDC recommends that travelers who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance when traveling.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

Before you arrive in the United States:

  • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 viral 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 you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

Protocol for Exceptions to the RFU Travel Policy

Approved April 30, 2021

The RFU Travel Policy remains in effect and travel regulations for all individuals in the RFU community exist.

While university-sponsored travel is prohibited across the university, RFU recognizes there may be limited and significant business needs that warrant consideration of exceptions to the current travel policy. Each travel experience must be independently submitted and reviewed. Therefore, the following Protocols for Exceptions to the RFU Travel Policy will take effect beginning June 1st.

Protocol for Exceptions to the RFU Travel Policy:

  1. Requests for exceptions to the existing Travel Policy regarding university-sponsored travel will be considered on a limited, individual basis.
  2. All university sponsored travel must be registered using the existing Faculty and Staff Travel Registration Form or Student Travel Registration Form.
  3. Individuals must demonstrate a significant business or learning need for the requested travel.
  4. Individuals requesting an exception must be fully vaccinated with appropriate documentation on record in accordance with the Proof of Vaccination protocols. If a medical or religious exemption is requested, faculty and staff should contact hr@rosalindfranklin.edu and students should contact student.affairs@rosalindfranklin.edu.
  5. Requests for an exception in accordance with this policy will be reviewed and approved at the Dean or Vice President level or higher. In cases where the traveler is a Dean or VP, approval will be granted by the direct supervisor.
  6. Student requests for exception will be reviewed and approved by the relevant academic program, Dean, and the Division of Student Affairs.
  7. Non-registered and/or unapproved travel will not be considered university-sponsored travel and will not be reimbursed.