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Travel FAQ

Updated March 22, 2022

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.

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).

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 three to five days after arrival.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are advised to get a viral test three to five days after traveling AND stay home in self quarantine for five days.  This is required for non-U.S. citizens who are admitted to the United States under an exception.

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, Novavax/Covovax and Medicago.

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