Travel-related Guidance for Students

Travel-Related Guidance for Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate student travelers are encouraged to carefully review these guidelines and to email  Christine Sprovieri, Director, International Travel Risk Management at with specific questions that are not addressed below.

University-Sponsored Domestic Individual Travel

Brown has lifted undergraduate travel restrictions for individual students and student organizations undertaking University-sponsored domestic travel. Undergraduate students may travel domestically within the United States; pre-approval from Student Support Services is no longer required.

University-Sponsored International Individual Travel

A summary of what is required and what travel is permitted is provided below, and more information about Brown’s international travel policy is available on the International Travel Risk Management website.

All students may travel to countries rated as U.S. DOS Level 1 or 2, and/or CDC Level 1, and/or CDC COVID-19 Level 1 or Level 2 as part of University-sponsored travel. . Any undergraduate, graduate or medical student wishing to engage in University-sponsored travel to a High-Risk Travel destination (U.S. DOS Level 3 or Level 4, or CDC Level 2 or Level 3, or CDC COVID-19 Level 3 or COVID-19 Level 4) and not traveling with a Brown-administered group program  — e.g. through the Office of International Programs (OIP), Swearer Center, Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), GELT/Wintersession, etc. — must complete a Safety Plan via TravelSafe and obtain permission from the Global Travel Risk Assessment Committee (GTRAC) prior to making travel arrangements. All students are required to register their travel plans in TravelSafe.

In the event that worldwide travel risk levels and/or public health conditions change, Brown reserves the right to amend its travel policy or revise the conditions for travel approval, as applicable. As with any University-sponsored activity, Brown expects all community members, including  students, to comply with national, state and local laws, as well as requirements of the community and/or organization to which they are traveling

Exempt Unvaccinated Student Travel Guidance

All students should observe safety guidelines from the CDC and Rhode Island Department of Health regarding travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Traveling internationally is discouraged by the CDC unless you are fully vaccinated. The CDC requires travelers to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States from a foreign country and to provide a negative COVID-19 test result from 3 days or less before travel, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 within the 3 months prior to flying to the U.S. If traveling to Rhode Island from a location outside the U.S. or U.S. territories, travelers are not required to quarantine or get tested after arrival, regardless of vaccination status. Further travel guidance is available on the CDC and RIDOH websites.

Personal Travel Guidance

As with University-sponsored travel, Brown continues to encourage all travelers on domestic and international personal travel to exercise caution and abide by relevant local and country health guidance. Travelers should continue to prepare for the possibility of local quarantines and fluctuating travel and domestic operations restrictions and/or testing requirements in some locations. The University is unable to support the health, safety, travel and academic needs of community members on personal travel.

Many countries continue to impose border entry restrictions, including mandatory quarantine and testing or COVID-19 vaccination requirements, so it is essential for all international travelers to continually review their destination travel requirements and remain apprised of U.S. re-entry guidelines. All members of the community should actively monitor the U.S. Department of State website, the CDC website and the International SOS pandemic website for updates (via login through Brown’s membership number: 11BSGC000031), as travel and entry restrictions continue to evolve and could change with little advance warning. Travelers should also review the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) guidance for returning to Rhode Island after travel outside the state.

Last updated March 3, 2022. 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.