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Travel FAQ

Updated February 22, 2021

Caltech's travel guidance strongly discourages all members of the community from participating in nonessential personal travel. Institute-sponsored travel is only permissible when deemed essential and approved, in advance, by the reporting division chair, vice president, provost, or president.

The Institute's preventative measures emphasize that all members of the community who are reporting to campus or an off-site location should be mindful of their behavior, including travel, and limit participation in high-risk activities, regardless of where they are located. Anyone participating in activities that take place indoors, do not support physical distancing between individuals from different households, or involve groups of individuals gathering from multiple households, or who are interacting with individuals without face coverings are at increased risk of exposure to the virus and thus are also more likely to spread the virus to members of the Caltech community.

No, the Institute does not have a policy that requires individuals to quarantine. Individuals however, 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.

The Los Angeles County Health Department, the Pasadena Public Health Department, and the State of California currently advise that county residents avoid all non-essential travel and stay within 120 miles of their place of residence. Individuals arriving in or returning to the County of Los Angeles or the state of California from other states or countries must self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival, unless to meet urgent critical healthcare staffing needs or to otherwise engage in emergency response.

Individuals reporting to campus must attest that they do not have any symptoms of illness and have not had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 prior to coming to campus. They must also participate in the surveillance testing program.

Students and postdoctoral scholars in Caltech Housing are required to quarantine prior to moving into their Caltech residence.

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.

Anyone reporting to campus must participate in the surveillance testing program. Swabseq results include a report that may be used for confirmation of negative test; however, the Institute does not guarantee that this will be accepted for travel, clearance for medical appointments, etc.

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