Revised summer travel guidelines

April 26, 2021

On Monday, April 26, Associate Provost for International Affairs and Operations Aly Kassam-Remtulla sent the below memo to the Princeton University community about the University's revised travel guidelines for the summer:

As many of you are aware, in early April the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new travel guidance for those who are fully vaccinated. In light of this development, and in keeping with our commitment to review travel restrictions whenever substantial new information emerges, I am happy to share with you a revised set of guidelines on summer travel.

Please note that the attached guidelines still come into effect only for travel on or after May 24, 2021. Until May 24, the guidelines released in December 2020 remain in force, including all provisions of the Social Contract related to undergraduate travel.

The CDC is now clear that full vaccination significantly lowers the risks associated with travel in the United States. This is obviously yet another compelling reason to be vaccinated when the opportunity presents itself, particularly for those who wish to travel.

For our community, we have determined this guidance also means that those who meet the CDC’s definitions for low-risk travel within the United Stateswill no longer require additional permission for University-sponsored, U.S.-only trips. In general, this includes those for whom two or more weeks have passed since their final dose of an FDA-approved vaccine, although there are other conditions that may apply based on an individual’s medical history. Undergraduates will need to provide documentation from a healthcare provider that they meet the CDC criteria as part of the required travel registration process. All others will be asked to self-certify this fact.

For those who do not meet the CDC’s criteria, and for all other University-sponsored travel not in the United States, there is no change in requirements from those released in March.

We are also stepping back restrictions on personal travel by undergraduates who will be participating in the summer testing regime for access to campus. These students will now be permitted to take personal trips anywhere in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York state without specific permission. Approval from the appropriate DSL will still be required for personal trips to any other destinations.

Summary of Permissible University-Sponsored Travel for Summer 2021 as Revised

 

U.S. Domestic

Other Domestic

International

Undergraduates

With documentation of meeting CDC guidelines for low-risk travel

 

OR

 

If critical to academic progress or University-sponsored internship, with approval from faculty adviser or internship program director

 

If critical to academic progress or University-sponsored internship, with approval from faculty adviser or internship program director

Suspended

Graduate students

Self-certification of CDC low-risk status or of critical purpose

In support of academic progress, with approval from department chair/DGS

For those in dissertation stage requiring critical dissertation research only, with dual approval from department chair/DGS and GS&S

Faculty / researchers

 

For critical purpose, with approval from chair, program director or dean

For critical purpose, with approval from chair, program director or dean

Staff

For critical purpose, with approval from cabinet officer

For critical purpose, with approval from cabinet officer

Travel Registration Reminder

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that enrolling the details of University-sponsored travel remains a requirement for everyone (faculty, staff or student). Our new online travel registration system, “Enroll My Trip”, makes this process fast and easy.

As always, the Global Safety & Security team is happy to answer your questions related to the revised permissible travel guidelines, the travel registration process, and the prospects for travel in the year ahead. Please do not hesitate to contact them via email at globalsafety@princeton.edu.

My team and I wish all of you strength and good health as we come to the last weeks of this most unusual and demanding semester. We are here to support you, and I hope you will continue to reach out to us whenever we can be of help.