Travel Guidelines

Updated 3/25/21

Travel FormThe MBL is continuing the suspension of MBL-sponsored international and domestic travel until further notice due to COVID-19. In addition, non-essential personal travel is strongly discouraged. Any member of the MBL community who chooses to travel must follow local guidelines for quarantining and other COVID-19 measures at the destination and upon their return to Massachusetts and complete a MBL travel form with information about their trip. Completing this form will help the MBL work with public health authorities to limit exposure in the event of a positive test case. Guidance for managers is available here.

MBL employees may request an exception to the suspension of MBL-sponsored travel through petition to the Director of Research, Director of Education, COO, or Chief Advancement Officer. Exceptions will be granted only in limited, compelling circumstances.

Although the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has downgraded their travel guidance to a Travel Advisory, all MBL staff and visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption (e.g. proof of full vaccination), are required to quarantine for 10 days, or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. This is also an MBL requirement if an individual intends to enter a campus building or residential space after travel.

The MBL has designated quarantine housing that is reserved only for those who test positive or have close contact with COVID-19 positive case while on campus.

Effective January 26, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring all air passengers entering the United States to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. Passengers are required to get a viral test within 72 hours before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result to the airline. Passengers who have had lab-confirmed COVID-19 within the past three months can travel to the U.S. if they present the approved positive test result and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or public health official stating the customer has been cleared for travel. For more information, see the CDC’s order and related press release.

Travelers should take precautions following international travel and should consult with the U.S. Department of State website for COVID-19 information regarding international travel. All International travelers arriving in Massachusetts must quarantine for 10 days unless they can provide proof of a negative test result that meets the criteria stated above or they are covered by one of the other, limited exceptions.