Brown strongly urges all faculty, staff and students to avoid all non-essential personal travel to international and domestic destinations and to minimize movement off campus to the greatest extent possible. Students who plan to travel to their home residence, and will remain at their residence and not return to campus, are exempt from this guidance. The University is unable to support the health, safety, travel and academic needs of community members on personal travel.
The University strongly urges Brown community members to avoid personal travel to any country with a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 and/or a U.S. Department of State Level 3 or Level 4 risk designation. On Aug. 6, 2020, the CDC amended the previous Level 3: Avoid Non Essential Travel Global COVID Outbreak Notice to include an amended list of travel health notices taking into consideration the current COVID-19 risk by country. Similarly, the Department of State revised the Global Level 4: Do Not Travel Health Advisory, reverting to its country-by-country travel advisories to include enhanced recommendations pertaining to COVID-19-specific risk. Brown advises all travelers to follow CDC and State Department directives.
Per executive order from Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, all travelers returning to the state from abroad 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 remain cancelled, 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 who must engage in essential international travel are encouraged to review the International SOS pandemic website for up-to-date specific travel restrictions per country. (Travelers will need to log in with Brown’s membership number: 11BSGC000031.)
Travel in the United States
With COVID-19 cases continuing to emerge across the nation, travel within the United States remains 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.
Brown follows the guidelines for COVID-19 travel restrictions set forth by the Rhode Island Department of Health regarding return to Rhode Island from international and domestic travel. On June 29, 2020, Gov. Raimondo updated two executive orders pertaining to travel restrictions. For domestic travel, individuals returning from states with a community spread rate of higher than 5% as set forth on a list maintained by RIDOH must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days or until they receive a negative COVID-19 test. Please refer to this website for any applicable exceptions.