Travel Guidelines

Updated November 8, 2021

USF recognizes our community’s need to stay connected to the broader world and our deep commitment to global and community-engaged scholarship and learning. During the pandemic, many USF community members found ways to engage in fruitful domestic and international exchanges, study, and research through the use of remote technologies. In the process, we were able to reduce USF’s carbon footprint meaningfully and, in many cases, broaden the universe of those who were able to participate. As we emerge from the pandemic and resume domestic and international travel, we are keen to apply these learnings to our ways of connecting with the world.

Updated Travel Guidance

On June 15, 2021, public health authorities in California rescinded existing state and local travel advisories and directed travelers to follow CDC guidelines. Accordingly, USF amended travel restrictions on university-sponsored travel in alignment with the CDC to allow for a resumption of domestic travel and certain international travel in support of the university’s operations and teaching and research mission.

The following guidance currently applies and will be in place until further notice:

  • USF travelers should delay travel until they are fully vaccinated. All travelers should be fully vaccinated prior to travel unless there is a documented medical or religious exemption or USF attestation regarding their vaccine status. Unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated, travelers should follow the CDC’s guidelines for unvaccinated travelers, including testing and quarantine protocols. 
  • USF travelers may engage in university-sponsored domestic travel with the approval of their supervisor or dean. 
  • USF travelers may engage in university-sponsored international travel to locations designated as Level 1, 2, or 3 by the U.S. Department of State with the approval of their supervisor or dean.
  • USF travelers must defer university-sponsored travel to locations designated a Level 4: “Do Not Travel” by the U.S. Department of State or Level 4: “Very high” COVID risk assessment level by the CDC. We recognize that the need for essential travel to these locations may arise for members of the USF community. Requests for essential travel to Level 4 locations must be made in writing to the dean or supervisor and must be approved by the provost or the relevant cabinet member.  
  • Travelers or supervisors with questions about specific locations and geographic regions can contact Anastasia Vrachnos, associate vice provost of international initiatives.
  • The above travel restrictions do not apply to USF students traveling home or back to campus. Students with questions about travel, may contact the Global Response Team for support at travel@usfca.edu. Any international student who is considering travel outside the U.S. and who is not vaccinated with a WHO approved vaccine, should contact ISSS at isss@usfca.edu.
  • All USF travelers should familiarize themselves with USF travel-related health protocols.
  • All university-sponsored travel should be aligned with the university’s travel and entertainment policies and relevant cost reduction measures at the unit level.  

ENTRY TO THE UNITED STATES/RETURNING TO THE BAY AREA

Travelers Entering the USA:

  • Effective November 8, 2021, non-immigrant/non-U.S. citizens entering the U.S. will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. Learn more about this requirement and view a list of accepted vaccines and acceptable proof of vaccination. Limited exceptions to this policy apply. In addition, a negative COVID-19 result must be submitted no more than three days prior to departure
  • U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents who are not fully vaccinated will be subject to stricter testing requirements and will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result within one day of their return flight or provide proof of recent recovery.
  • Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result no more than three days prior to their departure.
  • Please note that all air passengers entering the United States, ages 2 or older, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must show a negative result of a COVID-19 viral test before they board a flight to the U.S. or present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
  • For more information about these testing requirements, visit Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19.
  • USF travelers or visitors arriving in or returning to California from other countries should follow CDC travel guidance, including testing and quarantine for 7 days following travel if they are not fully vaccinated. 
  • USF travelers or visitors who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) are not required to quarantine after travel unless they have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • USF travelers or visitors who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations.
  • USF students in on-campus housing will continue to receive information directly from SHaRE updating them regarding move-in dates and quarantine requirements.

PLANNING FOR FUTURE TRAVEL

  • Individuals planning future travel are advised to continue planning and stay as flexible as possible regarding travel and financial commitments given the dynamic nature of travel conditions and the continued spread of COVID-19 in certain regions of the world. If you have questions about travel to a particular destination, please contact Anastasia Vrachnos.
  • USF travelers planning travel in the current uncertain environment may wish to consider purchasing university-sponsored international or domestic travel “cancellation/interruption insurance” through InsureMyTrip’s Academic Explorer (800-487-4722) travel protection program. The program provides travel insurance benefits including baggage, baggage delay, and travel delay due to unforeseen, covered perils. Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) coverage can be added in most states (including California). The coverage provides partial reimbursement to those who need to cancel university-sponsored travel due to a reason not otherwise covered by their plan, including cancellations due to fear of contracting COVID-19.

ADDITIONAL TRAVEL CONSIDERATIONS AND PERSONAL TRAVEL

  • All USF travelers should review health considerations for themselves, their families, and communities when planning travel and be aware that travel conditions can change rapidly. 
  • Travelers should be prepared for cancellations, interruptions, delays, and imposition of travel restrictions without advance notice, which may affect their ability to return to work or discharge their duties. Please ensure you are up to date on the evolving risk profile of your destination and the relevant testing and quarantine requirements ­­­­and follow the advice and directives of local authorities in the states and countries to which you are traveling. 
  • 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.

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