May 10, 2021

Dear Heller Students,

As vaccines are more widely administered throughout the general population and the Brandeis community, we recognize that safer travel may be possible, as fully-vaccinated travelers are less likely to acquire and spread COVID-19. The policy outlined below applies to students who wish to engage in university-sponsored travel. The complete policy is available on the COVID-19 Response website.

Beginning June 1, university-sponsored travel may resume under the following guidelines. (Please note - existing policies related to travel remain in place through May 31.)

For domestic travel, all travelers must:
  • Follow essential COVID-19 safety precautions while en route and at their destinations (wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, and wash or sanitize hands often).
  • Be fully-vaccinated prior to engaging in university-sponsored travel.  “Fully vaccinated” means that travelers must have received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single dose at least two weeks prior to travel. Proof of vaccination must also be uploaded to the Campus Passport.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are no longer required to quarantine upon return from domestic travel under Massachusetts’ Travel Advisory; however, all members of the Brandeis Community must meet the requirements of the Campus Passport by resuming their University COVID-testing schedule (and continue to fill out the Daily Health Assessment) upon their return.

For international travel, all travelers must, in addition to the domestic travel requirements noted above:
  • All international travel related to academic requirements should be submitted to the program in the form of a practicum/internship/research proposal, and will require approval/permission from the Office of the Dean prior to engaging in university-sponsored travel.  
  • Understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements; 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.
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and wishing to engage in university sponsored travel — domestic or international — must follow the same process and must quarantine away from campus until they receive a negative result from a COVID-19 test after their return. Since all members of our community are now eligible for vaccines and we are offering two vaccination clinics next month, we strongly encourage anyone planning to travel to get vaccinated before their departure.
After travel:
  • Get tested within 3-5 days of return.
  • Individuals (including those who are fully vaccinated) 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 if you will return to Massachusetts. If you are returning to another location we strongly encourage you to follow all recommendations/requirements of that state/location.

We trust this revised policy will help you make plans for your summer travel activities, while continuing to maintain your good health. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Ravi Lakshmikanthan
Assistant Dean, Academic and Student Services