Travel

As with many other policies relating to COVID-19, travel guidance may change from time to time in alignment with federal, state and university policies. 

UPDATE: Beginning August 23, all domestic travel for faculty, staff and students may resume with no restrictions, subject to local public health rules. Undergraduate international travel remains suspended. Faculty, researchers, staff and graduate students may travel to international destinations, with varying requirements depending on U.S. State Department advisories. Graduate students will not be allowed to travel to countries with a U.S. State Department Level 4 ("Do Not Travel") warning.

For questions about the on-campus testing program and testing for travel purposes, review the information for Testing for the Purposes of Travel section.

​Permissible Travel Guidelines

Domestic travel may resume with no restrictions, but travelers must always be certain that their trips are feasible under any locally applicable public health restrictions.

International travel continues to be subject to certain constraints:

  • Undergraduate international travel remains suspended, whether individually or in a group, and personal international travel during the fall semester for enrolled undergraduates is permitted only with DSL approval and Global Safety & Security’s concurrence.
  • Faculty, researchers, staff, and graduate students may travel to international destinations, with varying requirements depending on the applicable U.S. State Department travel-warning level.
  • Graduate students may not travel to countries subject to a U.S. State Department Level 4 (“Do not travel”) warning.

We will review these guidelines once more at the end of September, to determine if any changes are possible and warranted for Wintersession. We will also release fully revised guidelines for the spring semester in mid-November.

All University affiliates must register the details of University-sponsored trips to any destination, as well as their contact information, with GS&S prior to departure.

All University affiliates are strongly encouraged to consult and follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State regarding their personal travel.

You can find the full set of currently applicable domestic and international travel guidelines for the Princeton University community (including registering personal travel) on the International Princeton Travel Toolkit page.The Global Safety & Security unit, reachable via email at globalsafety@princeton.edu, is happy to answer questions related to the permissible travel guidelines.

Travel Outside New Jersey and Potential Quarantine for Faculty, Staff and Students

Post-Domestic Travel Restrictions Lifted May 17, 2021

As of May 17, 2021, New Jersey's travel advisory was no longer in effect. The COVID Risk Assessment Form should now only be completed within the 3-7 days prior to return to Princeton by individuals (faculty, staff or students) returning from international travel who are not fully vaccinated.

You do not need to complete a COVID Risk Assessment Form and are clear to return to campus without quarantine after travel if:

You should still follow travel guidance from the NJ Department of Health and all University public health guidelines.

See the NJ self-quarantine for travelers FAQ for more information.

Travel-related Quarantine

Our travel-related quarantine guidelines default to a full 10 day quarantine when quarantine is mandated due either to travel or exposure to an individual that may potentially be infected with COVID. Fully-vaccinated people no longer need to quarantine after domestic travel (see update in section below).

For employees: if you travel to a restricted country and then have to self-quarantine and cannot work from home, you are required to use COVID-19 days, followed by other paid leave including sick, vacation, personal, and/or bundled time.  

Testing for the Purposes of Travel

Employees

Some airlines require documentation of a negative test for COVID-19. If you are already taking part in the asymptomatic testing protocol, you can use the results you receive for travel. However, the University is not offering pre-travel testing to all employees and you should not rely solely upon the asymptomatic testing program for this purpose, as we cannot guarantee turnaround times. 

If you are using results from the on-campus asymptomatic testing program for travel, please note that any samples dropped on a Friday to a drop box after 10am or after 12pm to the testing clinic will not be processed until the following Monday. Please plan ahead. 

For testing sites, please see these lists for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate and graduate students who are part of the asymptomatic testing protocol can use their results for the purposes of travel. If an unpooled sample is required, students must go to the testing clinic in-person to request it. Please note: we cannot guarantee turnaround time for results, and are not able to prioritize individuals’ requests for results.

If you are using results from the on-campus asymptomatic testing program for travel, please note that any samples dropped on a Friday to a drop box after 10am or after 12pm to the testing clinic will not be processed until the following Monday. Please plan ahead. 

Students who are not part of the asymptomatic protocol should look to local testing sites for testing required for travel.