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Travel FAQ

Updated December 21, 2021

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's travel guidance, fully vaccinated employees and students who have documented their status with the Institute are now allowed to participate in Institute-sponsored domestic and international travel.

Students and postdoctoral scholars in Caltech Housing may be required to quarantine prior to moving into their Caltech residence (subject to the local health department requirements below). While the Institute does not have a policy that requires members of the Caltech community going to the Pasadena campus to quarantine after travel, individuals are required to adhere to local public health orders (see below). Caltech strongly discourages all members of the community from participating in nonessential personal travel.

Individuals traveling to or from Institute-managed, off-site locations should consult with the respective site leadership for directions or requirements that pertain specifically to that location.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in accordance with CDC recommendations, advises all travelers arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries to get tested 3-5 days after arrival.

Individuals who are unvaccinated are advised to get a viral test three to five days after traveling AND stay home in self quarantine for seven days. Individuals who do not get tested at home should self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. Also, avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

All nonimmigrants traveling to the United States by air are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19; there are limited exceptions. For more information, see the Current Travel Guidance on the International Offices' website.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a current list of accepted COVID-19 vaccines, including Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm, and Sinovac.

Please consult with the Human Resources Disability and Leave Administration Unit at leaveunit@caltech.edu for guidance on timekeeping related to COVID-19 policies, activities, or requirements.

Caltech recommends that individuals who choose to engage in personal travel consider their options for testing at an outside facility both before and after their trip.

Community members are welcome to consult with Student Wellness Services via email at covid19@caltech.edu on their travel plans and self-quarantine.