COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Presidential ProclamationS To Prevent Transmission of Coronavirus          

ISSO Travel Guidance COncerning Presidential ProclamationS                        

ISSO Advisory Discouraging International Travel                                            

UCSF Campus Guidance Related to International and Domestic Travel            


Presidential Proclamations Barring U.S. Entry for Certain Foreign Nationals

Presidential Proclamations have been signed in an effort to reduce the transmission of novel coronavirus. As part of the Proclamations, the federal government will deny U.S. entry to foreign nationals who have been in - or transited through- Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the European Union's Schengen Area, Iran or China within the 14 days preceding U.S. arrival. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, immediate family members of U.S. citizens or permanent residents are exempt. See country specific information below for details.


ISSO Travel Guidance Concerning Presidential Proclamations

Please anticipate the following if you attempt U.S. entry while the Proclamation is in effect:

ISSO is working closely with the UC Office of the President, our sister UC campuses and our professional organizations (NAFSA, AILA) to monitor the continuing impact to our community. ISSO will remain in close contact with affected communities as additional information becomes available.


ISSO Advisory Discouraging International Travel

On March 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4 Health Advisory against all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. ISSO strongly recommends avoiding all international travel, regardless of the risk level issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In other words, if the CDC has a Level 1 (low risk) travel health notice posted for the country you intend to visit, ISSO still strongly discourages traveling abroad. The situation is rapidly evolving. If the governments of destination countries or the United States take steps to limit travel or impose quarantines, you may be unable to return to the U.S. Unfortunately, ISSO will not be in a position to assist in these situations.

  • If you are currently abroad and unable to return to the U.S. due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, please complete ISSO’s survey. Your ISSO adviser will respond within 48 hours, Monday-Friday. 
  • If you are currently in transit to the U.S., follow the UCSF emergency operations center’s guidance “What to do when you return to UCSF” before returning to campus. Notify your ISSO adviser when you have arrived in the U.S. 
  • If you must travel outside of the United States due to an emergency during this time, or have traveled abroad and do not anticipate returning to complete your program, email your ISSO Adviser right away.

Timely updates restricting international travel: 

  1. Presidential Proclamations Restricting U.S. Entry for certain foreign nationals
  2. Suspension of Routine Visa Serves Worldwide: Individuals would need to independently check their local U.S. consulate or embassy abroad to confirm operating status, and/or to determine whether emergency appointments are being accepted for urgent needs. Complete the aforementioned survey if you are currently abroad. Your adviser will respond within 48 hours, Monday-Friday.
  3. Limited Global Travel: Global entries to most countries are being restricted. Review guidance that foreign ministries have posted for respective countries. The Department of State has posted country specific information, but guidance posted by respective foreign ministries take precedence.

UCSF Campus Wide Guidance Related to Domestic and International Travel

Please review UCSF's COVID-19 microsite for guidance related to international and domestic travel. The information posted on the COVID-19 microsite is created and managed by UCSF's Emergency Operations Center, which is independent of ISSO.