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Yale University International Travel Policy for Yale College Students​

International travel is best undertaken by well-informed travelers. All Yale College students are responsible for their own safety when traveling internationally, whether or not their activities abroad are funded by Yale awards or accorded credit by Yale. The University strongly encourages all members of the University community who are contemplating travel abroad for educational or other purposes to review thoroughly and to familiarize themselves with the political, health, crime, and other safety-related conditions prevailing in any country and specific locations within it. In addition to web-based information that is provided by various governments and the by the US State Department, the University encourages Yale students to consult the comprehensive website offered by International SOS, a private travel emergency assistance provider engaged by Yale to support students, faculty, and staff who are traveling internationally.

The Yale University International Travel Policy for Yale College Students determines to which countries travel is restricted. It is every student's responsibility to be aware of this policy and to stay informed of any changes in the status of their planned destination.

The following provisions apply to all Yale College students who wish to undertake international travel that is:

  • funded by Yale, or
  • awarded credit by Yale, or
  • in connection with a trip abroad by a recognized student organization, as individuals or in groups.

Refer to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or Embassy website for detailed entry requirements. In some cases, even if this Travel Policy allows for travel to a particular location, the country itself may limit entry based on the traveler’s citizenship and where the traveler has been, including transit countries.

I.   Yale will not fund, award credit for, or otherwise sponsor or support any international undergraduate academic or extracurricular project outside of the United States when one or more of the following conditions exists:

  1. The U.S. State Department has issued a Travel Advisory Level 4 "Do Not Travel" for the country, except when the “Do Not Travel” advisory applies only to COVID-19. Travel is not permitted to locations with advisories such as (but not limited to):


    “Do not travel to [country name] due to COVID-19 and the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention.”

    The State Department uses the following rating scale:
    1: Exercise Normal Precautions
    2: Exercise Increased Caution
    3: Reconsider Travel
    4: Do Not Travel

    If other conditions of this Policy are met, travel may be permitted to locations with advisories such as:

    “Do not travel to [country name] due to COVID-19 and related restrictions.”

    “Do not travel to [country name] due to COVID-19. Reconsider travel to [country name] due to crime. Exercise increased caution in [country name] due to civil unrest, terrorism, and kidnapping.”

    Any student who is permitted to travel abroad should utilize International SOS (ISOS), including the ISOS COVID Trip Planner, to prepare for any heightened risks. For more ISOS information, see Item B below.

    NOTE: Students are responsible for carefully following all State Department Travel Advisories regardless of whether or not these advisories fall short of restricting student travel to the country (see: Item 1A above). For example, an advisory might issue a “do not travel” advisory to specific parts of the country or highlight the dangers of undertaking particular activities in the country. Students are expected to monitor such advisories and to take appropriate precautions, avoiding any specified areas or activities.
     
  2. International SOS has issued a Travel Global Risk Rating of “Extreme” or “High” for the country.
     
    NOTE: Students are responsible for carefully following all International SOS Risk Ratings regardless of whether or not these ratings fall short of restricting student travel to the country (see: Item 1B above). For example, a rating may be “Extreme” or “High” in specific parts of the country. Students are expected to monitor such advisories and to take appropriate precautions, avoiding any specified areas or activities. For more detailed, country-specific information, please utilize the Know My Risks section of the International SOS online member center.
     
  3. The student is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including updated booster shots as relevant. All undergraduate students must have demonstrated proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to engage in sponsored travel outside of the United States. No exemptions are permitted for travel.

II.  Yale reserves the right to decline to fund, award credit for, or otherwise sponsor or support any international undergraduate academic or extracurricular project in particular regions if it so decides. No exceptions to such restrictions will be made.

Travel restrictions will apply through the date of departure, and sponsoring offices or departments may enforce a travel restriction decision made in advance of the departure date. If such a restriction comes into effect after the student's departure, the University reserves the right to end its sponsorship at that time, and to require the student to end the trip and leave the country. Such determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

III.  Before departure, students must provide the University a statement in a form provided by the University, acknowledging their understanding of the risks of such travel, affirming that they have reviewed and understand relevant safety-related materials, and assuming the risks related to their international travel.

If you were not provided with such a form by your sponsoring office or department, you can access the Waiver/Assumption of Risk and Travel Preparation Worksheet here.

Note: Conducting Academic Work in Cuba

Students wishing to travel to Cuba should visit the Yale University Office of the Vice President and General Counsel website to review the requirements.

Updated March 8, 2022