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Travel Policies

With COVID-19 outbreaks reaching across the world, Brown has implemented its policy on High-Risk and Restricted Travel, aligned with guidance from government and health agencies.

To help mitigate risk for our global travelers, Brown University regularly monitors world health, safety and security events using a variety of assessment sources, including taking input from the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), International SOS, Brown faculty and staff regional experts, among other reputable oversight agencies.

Any individual arriving from out of state or out of the country must follow the current Rhode Island law regarding quarantine. This may require the completion of a 14-day quarantine before conducting any activities outside your residence. The University has planned for a “quiet period” at the beginning of each term, which will serve as a quarantine time for students and others traveling to Providence from domestic and international locations, and Brown will be conducting mandatory COVID-19 testing during this period.

Current Travel Restrictions

The most recent campus communication on travel restrictions was sent on Monday, April 27.

University-sponsored Travel

Brown suspended all international travel organized, sponsored by or supported by the University, effective Friday, March 6. Brown suspended all domestic travel organized, supported or sponsored by the University, effective Friday, March 13. These travel restrictions apply also to externally supported travel arising from or associated with employment at Brown. As of those effective dates, respectively, this means that for both international and domestic destinations:

  • All students are prohibited from travel as part of any University-sponsored program. This includes travel for all academic programs, student organizations and travel for Brown research.
  • Faculty and staff are prohibited from participating in any travel arising from or associated with their appointment or employment at Brown. This includes travel for conferences, speaking engagements, and research, unless advance permission is granted by the Office of the Provost.
  • Faculty and staff with questions about travel restrictions, or who may wish to request an exemption, may write to [email protected].

Brown community members worldwide (including those in suspended study abroad programs) have been advised to return to their homes in the United States or their country of residence, or in some cases, to shelter in place at their international sites. This is in line with travel advice from the U.S. Centers for CDC and the U.S. Department of State.

Brown’s Summer 2020 study abroad program in Bologna, Italy, as well as all undergraduate travel and programming for other Brown-related international programs for Summer 2020 have been formally suspended. This includes any non-Brown programs where students may intend to transfer credit back to Brown.

All University-sponsored undergraduate study abroad for Fall 2020 is suspended as well. This includes all Brown and Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) programs, as well as all approved partner programs and others for which students had successfully petitioned. This decision was made early to ensure that all students who had applied to participate in a study abroad program have ample time to adjust their plans to continue studies at Brown for the fall semester.

A full set of FAQs about the cancellation of study abroad programs is available on the Office of International Programs website.

Personal Travel

Unlike for those on Brown-sponsored travel, the University is unable to support the health, safety, travel and academic needs of community members on personal travel.

On May 22, 2020, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, provided an update to executive orders pertaining to travel restrictions. Any person who comes to Rhode Island after international travel for a non-work related purpose must continue to immediately self quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the state. For domestic travel for non-work related purposes, any person coming to Rhode Island for a non-work-related purpose from another city, town, county or state that has imposed a stay-at-home restriction, a shelter-in-place restriction or similar restriction, declaration, or announcement due to a COVID-19 outbreak, must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the state.

International Travel

The University strongly urges Brown community members to avoid personal travel to any country with a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 risk designation. On March 27, the CDC raised the Global COVID Outbreak Notice to a Level 3: Avoid Non Essential Travel. Brown advises all travelers to follow CDC directives. 

As noted above, per executive order from Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, all travelers returning to the state must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Rhode Island.

In addition, travelers should prepare for the possibility of local quarantines in some locations; numerous commercial flights have been canceled; and return to the U.S. from some international destinations may be delayed or even impossible. For these reasons and others, Brown community members are urged to avoid all non-essential international travel. Travelers to any international destination should recognize the potential for challenges in returning to the U.S.

Travel in the United States

With COVID-19 cases continuing to emerge across the nation, travel within the United States has become more challenging. Anyone with domestic travel plans should carefully consider whether they should be adjusted or cancelled and be sure to follow all federal and state travel directives that may apply.

As noted above, a series of executive orders from Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has ordered that any person who comes to Rhode Island after (1) international travel, (2) domestic air travel or (3) by any means of transportation for a non-work related purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the state.

Travel Preparation and Resources

  • Now and in the future, Brown encourages all members of the Brown community — and requires all students — to register University-related travel overseas in Brown’s global travel registry, TravelSafe, via their Brown login. This will enable all registered travelers to receive timely updates and advisories from International SOS sent directly to your email. It can also assist the University in locating you and offering support in the event of an emergency.
  • International students considering personal travel should contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) for general travel and re-entry information.
  • All members of the community should actively monitor the U.S. State Department website for updates, as travel restrictions continue to evolve daily and are prone to sudden change.
  • International students who remain on campus are encouraged to contact the Global Brown Center at [email protected]. The center will have various programs and support.

Travel Restrictions FAQ

Specific guidance has been issued by federal and health agencies that may affect non-U.S. citizens and permanent residents from entering the U.S. Foreign nationals arriving from certain designated countries will be denied entry until further notice. U.S. citizens and permanent residents traveling from a destination outside of the U.S.  should allow for additional time at the airport for enhanced health screenings and heed the CDC’s advice for returning from international travel.

Nearly everyone arriving in Rhode Island from any destination outside of the state will need to self-quarantine. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, through a series of executive orders, has ordered that any person who comes to Rhode Island after (1) international travel, (2) domestic air travel or (3) by any means of transportation for a non-work related purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the state.

In line with the decision to suspend on-campus programming through July 1, no new requests or applications for visitors — coming from within or outside of the United States — will be processed until July 1.

International postdocs considering personal travel should contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) for general travel and re-entry information. Please see the OISSS website for recent communications, including a COVID-19 FAQ for international students.

Brown will continue to monitor travel guidance from national and international agencies and to support all international students, including those who are newly enrolled and seeking to travel to campus for the academic year. The Office of College Admission and Office of International Student and Scholar Services partner to offer guidance on matters related to student visas. Together, they will work with international students as they apply for visas and offer support in the context of all policies and guidance from the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last updated July 7, 2020. Information on this page may be updated as the University’s planning evolves and/or public health guidance prompts a shift in Brown’s operations and protocols.