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Travel and Covid-19

Updated 4/29/2021

The following areas of consideration are informing Stanford Travel/Study’s decisions to operate trips as well as guiding our travel protocols. As a condition of travel, all adult travelers (16+ years of age) must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Travelers may request an exception for medical or religious reasons; if approved, they will be required to undergo Covid-19 testing. With destination conditions and travel requirements changing weekly, we will provide additional trip-specific protocols with confirmed travelers closer to departure.

Stanford University Policy
Stanford University has a detailed phased approach to restarting university-sponsored travel. Proposed phases are dependent on various factors, and travel restrictions may change at any time. Factors include transmission risk, governmental advisories, public health considerations and global conditions, among others.

Risk Assessment
We work closely with Stanford’s Risk Management department and consult with various other on-campus resources as well as a private international security service and in-country experts. In addition, we regularly review U.S. State Department guidelines and CDC and WHO recommendations. Every Travel/Study trip goes through a rigorous vetting and evaluation process in which we track regional conditions, requirements for entry to international destinations as well as for returning to the U.S., and local laws and guidelines. Our risk assessment extends not only to our travelers, faculty and staff, but also to the communities we visit.

Traveler Health and Safety
We have developed our own set of standards and protocols, addressing everything from face coverings and social distancing to sanitation and hygiene and everything in between. These protocols, informed by the evolving global situation, outline our expectations and requirements for staff and local partners (e.g., guides, bus drivers, accommodations, venues, etc.) in addition to participants. In addition to the vaccine requirement, we require all participants to sign a Traveler Agreement prior to departure. Furthermore, we are tracking numerous regulations and requirements to ensure that travelers are prepared with up-to-date information and receive the necessary support. We will share comprehensive destination-specific information prior to departure, and our seasoned tour managers will be on hand to provide assistance throughout the program. Lastly, we have updated our included insurance to address the risks and uncertainty of the pandemic, with increased coverage (trip cancellation, accident and emergency evacuation) and a new quarantine benefit for all travelers.

Questions? Email or call (650) 725-1093.