COVID-19 Travel Restrictions - Updated Jan 2021

Presidential ProclamationS Preventing US Entry                                                

ISSO Travel Guidance COncerning Presidential ProclamationS                        

UCSF + ISSO Actively advising against Domestic and international 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. On January 30, 2021, South Africa will be added to the list of countries barred from US entry if a foreign national has been in- or transited through- South Africa within the preceding 14 days. 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:

If you are in Brazil, China, Iran, the United Kingdom, Ireland, or in a country in the European Union's Schengen Area, or - as of Jan 30, 2021 - are attempting US entry from South Africa, you will be denied entry due to Presidential Proclamations, unless you meet the very narrow definition of exempt statuses listed in section two of respective Proclamations, or request a National Interest Exemption. Please complete ISSO’s survey right away to notify your adviser that you are unable to enter the US as anticipated. 

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.


UCSF and ISSO Strongly Advising Against Domestic and International Travel

As a campus, UCSF is restricting all non-essential university-sponsored travel – both domestic and international – and strongly recommends against all non-essential personal travel. Frequent changes to air travel or government restrictions like mandatory quarantines or border closures are beyond UCSF’s control and may not allow you to return. Please closely review campus wide COVID-19 policies on travel. The information posted on the campus wide COVID-19 website is created and managed by UCSF's Emergency Operations Center, which is independent of ISSO.

ISSO follows UCSF's travel guidelines and strongly advises against all domestic and international. 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.