Travel Guidelines

The following travel guidelines (updated March 20) are intended to lower the risk of exposure:

The MBL strongly cautions against any non-essential personal travel—international or domestic—during this time and requests that all staff who will be traveling on personal business please complete this simple 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.

Outbound Travel Guidelines

  • The MBL has suspended all non-essential work-related international and domestic air travel effective through April 15. Essential travel is defined as supporting activities that are absolutely necessary, cannot be rescheduled, and must be done in person. Individuals may petition the Director of Research, Director Education, COO, or Chief Advancement Officer regarding travel.
  • The MBL strongly discourages travel to any country or region. On March 19, the U.S. State Department announced a Global Level 4 travel advisory, directing Americans to cease international travel and, in countries where commercial departure options remain available, to arrange for immediate return to the United States or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

Return Travel Guidelines

  • Any traveler who has returned from a country with a CDC Level 3 travel health notice should not attend school or work for 14 days after their return date, following CDC guidanceThis self-isolation period also applies to visitors to the MBL. Individuals should work directly with their departments to facilitate academic, research, or work continuity. Please note, if you have returned from Europe within the last 14 days, this applies to you retroactively.
  • Anyone who has returned from a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 country in the past 14 days and going forward is strongly advised to fill out this simple form with information about their trip. This will help the MBL work with public health authorities to limit exposure in the event of a positive test case. If the CDC puts in place an additional designation for travel to domestic locations, we will communicate and follow those guidelines as well.
  • 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.