College-Sponsored Travel Announcement

May 6, 2021

College-sponsored travel by vaccinated individuals may begin June 1 in a limited fashion for essential trips when the work cannot be done remotely. All travel is subject to the following stipulations.

  • In order to keep members of our community and the communities to which they travel safe, we will adhere to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations that individuals delay all travel until they are fully vaccinated, defined as two weeks after the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or the only dose of Johnson & Johnson. Members of our community who are fully vaccinated may begin arranging travel now, to domestic locations only, for trips beginning no sooner than June 1.
  • To protect others and to adhere to CDC recommendations, our travel policy will require you to adhere to safety protocols throughout the duration of your travel, such as the wearing of face masks while en route and when around others at your destination, and maintaining proper distancing.
  • While there are no Amherst-specific testing or quarantine requirements related to your travel, you are expected to abide by any requirements at your destination. Anyone already in our testing program by virtue of their presence on campus should continue to get tested at their normal frequency in order to maintain their approval to be on campus before and after any travel. Upon return, all travelers should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate themselves should they develop any symptoms.
  • At this time, international travel is strongly discouraged. Faculty wishing to engage in international travel should submit their request to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty; staff should submit their request to their supervisor and the Interim Director of Human Resources. We expect approvals will be limited, with considerations made on a case-by-case basis. Factors will include the CDC travel advisory for the destination, the then-current conditions at that location, and the nature and duration of the travel.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we evaluate ways to reincorporate College-sponsored travel while prioritizing health and safety above all else. 

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