Spring Break Travel Policy

-February 28, 2020-

Students and Employees Traveling During Spring Break:

All students, faculty, and staff traveling during spring break should continue to monitor the changes to the MGH Institute and Partners HealthCare travel policies as well as the travel warning issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of State websites. We strongly discourage travel to heavily affected areas.

The following information should be kept in mind:

  • The Institute’s updated travel ban policy for business- and academic-related trips now includes China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan.
  • CDC indicates there is a strong possibility of further changes to these alerts in the coming days and weeks.
  • During your trip, if the country you are in or where you may have a layover is added to the travel ban, you may have a difficult time returning to the United States.

All students, faculty, and staff who travel to these countries are required to participate in the PHS Occupational Health Traveler Screening Process to return to class, clinical education placements, and work. This includes a minimum mandatory leave of absence of 14 days. You must go through the screening process if you:

  • Travel to China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan.
  • Travel to or through any countries added to the travel ban during your trip.
  • Are exposed to anyone with the virus in any country.

Given the fluidity of the situation with cases identified in dozens of countries around the world, we additionally encourage all students and employees to avoid non-essential travel outside of the United States during this time. If you are traveling and want to continue to receive the MGH Institute coronavirus updates, please complete this form. We will add your contact information to the various distribution lists.

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable break as we continue to monitor this ever-changing global situation.

Denis Stratford
Associate Vice President for Information Technology, Campus Services, & Compliance

Paul Murphy
Chief Communications Officer


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