Visitors and Travel Policies

Campus Visitors

On August 16, 2021, the more restrictive visitor policy instituted last year was lifted. Moving forward, short-term visitors to campus, including those who are briefly on campus to attend a gathering or event, will simply be required to follow BU mask-wearing requirements, as well as municipal, state, and federal regulations. Hosts are responsible for ensuring that their visitors follow these rules. See the Revised Guidelines on Campus Visitors and University Sponsored Travel.

As outlined in the visiting student and visiting faculty and research scholar policies, host faculty and departments are responsible for ensuring that longer-term visitors adhere to all University policies and external requirements related to the performance of work at Boston University, including regular COVID-19 testing and the vaccination requirement.

Campus Visits, including Admitted & Prospective Students
Visitors and prospective and admitted undergraduate students and their families are welcome to tour the BU campus, as outlined in the Admissions Campus Visit webpage. Prospective and admitted  graduate and professional students should consult their school or college directly for specific information about campus visits and information sessions.

Guests and Visitors in On-Campus Student Residences
Please see the Revised Guidelines for Guests and Visitors in On-Campus Student Residences.

University-Sponsored Travel

Beginning August 16, 2021, previous restrictions on University-sponsored travel will be lifted for all members of the BU community who are in compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. The University advises against travel to high-risk destinations, including Level 4 high-risk COVID areas as defined by the CDC, but such travel may be approved by the appropriate dean or vice president if there is a compelling reason to do so. Students and employees traveling abroad should follow the registration requirements in the International Travel Risk Policy, and undergraduate students intending to travel to high-risk destinations must seek permission through the Global Travel Risk Assessment Committee ( All University students and employees taking part in University-sponsored travel should also follow the BU travel and business expense policy that was in place prior to last year.

Global Programs

Most BU in-person Study Abroad programs will resume in the fall 2021 semester, consistent with the University’s vaccination policy for students studying in Boston. We advise students to watch the Study Abroad website for updates and advisories. Global Programs will follow required site-specific COVID-19 safety guidelines that will vary according to location.