University Travel Guidelines from Global Safety and Security

Monday, Jul 6, 2020

The University’s April 16 guidelines on the conduct of University-sponsored domestic and international travel remain in place, including the broad suspension of all international travel and the restriction of domestic travel to essential purposes. Further guidance on University-sponsored and personal travel for the fall semester will be forthcoming later in July and will be available online once released.

To summarize the currently applicable guidelines:

  • All University-sponsored international travel continues to be suspended, and no international travel should be planned or scheduled.
  • University-sponsored travel within the United States should continue to be limited to essential trips. We remind travelers and travel sponsors (i.e., the department or other unit funding or otherwise supporting a trip) that they should review each proposed domestic trip to decide if it is essential. In doing so, you must use your best judgment in balancing the benefits of travel with health and safety considerations.

To aid in making the determination, we recommend considering:

  • Is the travel required to fulfill a critical research, teaching, legal, or compliance obligation?
  • Is the travel necessary to meet a graduation requirement?
  • Can the travel be postponed?
  • Is there a substitute to in-person travel such as virtual engagement?
  • Can someone in the destination location perform the activity in lieu of you?
  • Can the travel be accomplished safely and in compliance with local public health requirements, given health, community, and social conditions in the destination? The Global Safety & Security unit can assist you in evaluating these issues; please feel free to contact the team for a consultation.

 In addition, undergraduate students participating in essential domestic travel should review and comply with the guidance in the Undergraduate Domestic Travel Checklist.

We appreciate your cooperation with these guidelines and welcome your questions and concerns to globalsafety@princeton.edu.