Travel Guidelines

The following travel guidelines (updated December 3, 2020) are intended to lower the risk of exposure. This applies to faculty, staff, and visitors to the MBL.

Outbound Travel Guidelines

  • The MBL is continuing the suspension of all MBL-sponsored international and domestic travel until further notice. Individuals may petition the Director of Research, Director Education, COO, or Chief Advancement Officer regarding travel.
  • The U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continuing to advise avoiding all nonessential international travel due to widespread ongoing transmission. Travelers returning from international travel should remain off-campus for 14 days.
  • The MBL strongly cautions against any non-essential personal travel outside of Massachusetts and requests that all staff who are planning to travel out of state, regardless of length or destination to complete this travel form with information about their trip. This will help the MBL work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to limit exposure in the event of a positive test case.

Return Travel Guidelines

  • The MBL has been and will continue to follow the instruction of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as it relates to out of state travel.
  • Effective August 1, 2020, a Commonwealth of Massachusetts travel order requires visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts to complete a travel form and acknowledge that they will quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative test result from an FDA EUA-approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test, on a sample obtained 72 hours or less prior to arrival in Massachusetts.
  • The new rules exempt travelers from states where both the average number of new cases and the percentage of positive tests are low as determined by the MA Department of Public Health. View state exemption list here.
  • Individuals should work directly with their managers and departments to facilitate research or work continuity. See Manager’s Guide for Travel.
  • Anyone who has traveled to an area with reported community spread and has developed respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing should stay home except to get medical care.