Updated January 26, 2021
In light of the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and in accordance with the guidance of local and state authorities regarding travel, USF is extending existing travel restrictions on university-sponsored travel, international and domestic, effective January 15, 2021. The University continues to assess travel guidance frequently as travel conditions evolve. Updated guidelines will be provided to the community on or before May 15, 2021.
The following guidance applies through May 15, 2021
- USF travelers must defer all university-sponsored domestic and international travel through May 15, 2021. This does not include USF students traveling home or back to campus for essential reasons. We recognize that the need for essential travel may arise for members of the USF community. Requests for essential travel must be made in writing to the dean or supervisor and must be approved by the provost or the relevant cabinet member. Non-essential future travel should not be approved until further notice. Questions about travel to specific locations and geographic regions can be addressed to Anastasia Vrachnos, associate vice provost of international initiatives.
- Individuals with plans for travel after May 15 are advised to defer if the travel is non-essential and to stay flexible regarding travel commitments. Those with essential travel requests are advised to discuss with their supervisor or dean who will consult with the provost or relevant cabinet member if a decision is needed before January 15. Please contact Anastasia Vrachnos with questions.
- USF continues to urge all university community members to consider personal travel, domestic and international, in light of the rapid spread of COVID-19. Those who need to travel should take into account health considerations for themselves or their families that make exposure to COVID-19 a higher risk and should be aware that the situation is changing rapidly. Travelers should be prepared for cancellations, interruptions, unanticipated delays, and the requirement to quarantine, and should follow the advice and directives of local authorities in the states and countries to which they are traveling. Questions about personal travel can be directed to Anastasia Vrachnos.
- Returning to the Bay Area: Travelers who travel outside the Bay Area must follow the San Francisco mandate from public health officials to self-quarantine for 10 days after their return. Employees and students returning to campus or to the Bay Area are required to self-quarantine for 10 days after their return. Students in on-campus housing will receive notification of their designated move-in dates and quarantine requirements from SHaRE in advance of their return to campus.
- International Travelers Entering the USA: Effective January 26, 2021 the CDC has announced that all travelers bound for the USA, including US citizens returning from abroad, will need to show a negative coronavirus test result before boarding their flight to the U.S. The test must be taken within 3 days of their flight departure.
- All USF travelers are advised to regularly check the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travelers’ health resources and U.S. State Department travel advisories for advice regarding their destination.