Overseas Travel

UCSF offers an emergency assistance program that will warn you of international travel issues such as disasters, civil unrest and public health emergencies.

Before traveling overseas on UCSF business, register your travel plans so that you may receive emergency extraction assistance in the event of a personal medical emergency, civil unrest that pose a risk to your safety or other disaster scenario.

For Information or to Register Before You Travel:

Public Health Advisories for Traveling Overseas:

Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, Country-Specific Information:

UCSF Coronavirus Travel Guidance:

  • Updated June 10, 2020

    To help limit the spread of COVID-19 from city to city and reduce the chances that UCSF travelers will be unable to return, UCSF has implemented the following policies and guidance related to travel:

    UCSF is restricting all non-essential university-sponsored travel – both domestic and international – and strongly recommends against all non-essential personal travel.
    Avoid all international travel, in accordance with the “Level 4: Do Not Travel” advisory issued March 19, 2020 by the U.S. Department of State.

    Members of the UCSF community who are currently abroad should arrange for their immediate return to the U.S. or prepare to remain abroad for an indefinite period.
    Anyone returning to the U.S. from abroad should stay home for 14 days and monitor their health upon returning, in accordance with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    For UC business travelers (students, faculty and staff) who require travel assistance, the United Health Care Global Assistance hotline is available to help:
    1-800-527-0218 (US and Canada)
    1-410-453-6330 (Call Collect from outside the USA)
    email: [email protected]

    All non-essential domestic travel is strongly discouraged, as travel increases your chances of contracting or spreading COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If domestic travel is necessary, in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Travel restrictions are in place that prohibit entry into the U.S. by certain foreign nationals. The restrictions do not apply to U.S. citizens and permanent residents and their families.
    Please review UCSF’s guidance on international and domestic travel below, before you travel or make travel plans.

    The following guidance is effective until further notice, and at least through August 31, 2020; policy will be reviewed every three months, or more often if conditions warrant:

    International and Domestic Travel Guidance
    Recommended Steps for all UCSF Travel
    Approval Process for Essential Travel
    What To Do When Returning to the U.S. from International Travel
    What to Do When You Return to UCSF
    What To Do If You Become Ill During or Following Travel