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 June 29, 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 must continue to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the state. For domestic travel, return from states with a high community spread rate as set forth on a list maintained by RIDOH at health.ri.gov/covid must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days or until they receive a negative COVID-19 test.
This quarantine requirement does not apply to a person who has a negative COVID-19 test from a specimen taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Rhode Island. This requirement also does not apply to public health, public safety or healthcare workers; anyone traveling for medical treatment; or anyone traveling to attend funeral or memorial services, to obtain necessities such as groceries, gas or medication, to drop off or pick up children from day care or summer camps; or to anyone who meets other exemptions referenced in the executive order.
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.