Travel Guidelines

Revised Policy on Jefferson Related or Sponsored Travel for Students, Faculty and Staff

The enterprise travel policy has been updated as of Aug. 6, 2021 to reflect new guidance in accordance with CDC guidelines and improvements in pandemic conditions across the United States and in many parts of the world. As a result of these changes, the University is no longer prohibiting Jefferson related or sponsored travel for students, faculty or staff, effective immediately.

Students, faculty and staff who will be travelling must observe the following guidelines:

  1. They must follow the instructions for domestic and international travel as detailed in the Aug. 9 Broadcast@jefferson.edu email. As a reminder, the CDC continues to recommend delaying any travel until you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You are considered fully vaccinated once it has been 2 weeks after your second dose in a 2-dose series or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
  2. Any individuals who are travelling on University business to areas where COVID-19 case rates are at high levels should consult with their supervisors (faculty and staff) or program directors (students) before travelling, and should also consult with Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of State advisories for the latest information about travel risk to specific destinations.  The supervisors and program directors can determine if the risks involved in that travel outweigh the benefits, and reserve the right to deny approval for that travel.

The CDC has recently updated their recommendations for domestic and international travel. Jefferson has updated its travel policy to align with the current CDC guidance. The following applies to all Jefferson employees and students..

The CDC continues to recommend delaying any travel until you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You are considered fully vaccinated once it has been 2 weeks after your second dose in a 2 dose series or 2 weeks after a single dose vaccine.

If you must travel prior to being considered fully vaccinated, you should follow all CDC recommendations from the websites below:

Domestic Travel:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

International Travel:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid-19.html

Domestic Travel

If you are traveling within the United States and have been fully vaccinated:

  • Continue to take precautions such as wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, maintaining social distancing and practicing hand hygiene.
  • After you return from travel, you will not be required to quarantine.
  • You should monitor for symptoms for 14 days after return. If you develop symptoms, you should not come to work/school and should contact the JOHN COVID-19 hotline (contact information for employees and students is below).

If you are traveling within the United States and have not been fully vaccinated:

  • The CDC recommends against traveling if you are not fully vaccinated. If you must travel, you should follow all precautions such as wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, maintaining social distancing and practicing hand hygiene.
  • After you return from travel, you will not be required to quarantine. However, you must call the JOHN COVID-19 hotline to report your travel as soon as you return. You will have a COVID-19 test ordered for day 5 after return. You do not need to quarantine while awaiting the results of the test.
  • You should monitor for symptoms for 14 days after return. If you develop symptoms, you should not come to work/school and should call the JOHN COVID-19 hotline (contact information for employees and students is below).

International Travel

If you are traveling outside of the United States and have been fully vaccinated:

  • Continue to take precautions such as wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, maintaining social distancing, and practicing hand hygiene.
  • After you return from travel, you will not be required to quarantine. However, you must call the JOHN COVID-19 hotline to report your travel as soon as you return. You will have a COVID-19 test ordered for day 5 after return. You do not need to quarantine while awaiting the results of the test.
  • You should monitor for symptoms for 14 days after return. If you develop symptoms, you should not come to work/school and should contact JOHN COVID-19 hotline (contact information for employees and students is below).

If you are traveling outside of the United States and have not been fully vaccinated:

  • Continue to take precautions such as wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, maintaining social distancing, and practicing hand hygiene.
  • After you return from travel, you will be required to quarantine for 7 days and should not report to work/school. You must call the JOHN COVID-19 hotline to report your travel as soon as you return. You will have a COVID-19 test ordered for day 5 after you return. A negative test at day 5 will not shorten your quarantine. Clearance to return to work/school will come from the JOHN COVID-19 hotline.
  • You should monitor for symptoms for 14 days after return. If you develop symptoms, you should not come to work/school and should contact the JOHN COVID-19 hotline (contact information for employees and students is below).

JOHN COVID-19 Hotline Contact Information:

Employees:

Students:

  • Phone: 215-951-0168 or 215-955-6835 (follow voice prompts for student COVID concerns)

The JOHN COVID-19 hotline will not offer guidance or testing prior to travel. As guidance can change frequently during the pandemic, it is recommended that you closely follow any travel restrictions at your destination.