Travel guidance gets important updates

May 21, 2021

UC Berkeley updated its travel policies on May 18, 2021. Please review the updated guidance before you travel.

CDC travel guidance and vaccination status

  • UC Berkeley is following the guidance of UCOP and the CDC when outlining travel policies. The CDC guidance refers to vaccination status, but UC Berkeley managers/approvers are not permitted to ask employees, students, or affiliates whether or not they are vaccinated. If an employee, student, or affiliate has not volunteered vaccination status, uncoerced, then the approver should interpret the CDC guidance as if the individual is unvaccinated when determining whether or not to authorize travel.
  • The campus unit that is authorizing the employee or other affiliated person to travel at campus expense and/or as part of employment duties is responsible for determining whether the travel is permitted. The unit can seek advice from Legal Affairs or Risk Services.

Domestic travel

It is up to the campus unit to determine if university-related domestic travel is permitted for the employee (faculty/staff), student, or other affiliated person, taking into account the CDC guidelines.

International travel

All UC Berkeley community members (faculty, students, staff) engaging in university-related international travel to countries rated CDC Level 3 COVID-19 High (avoid all nonessential travel), CDC Level 4 COVID-19 Very High (avoid all travel), or State Department Level 4 (do not travel) must seek approval through the two-step International Travel Protocol, which includes approval first at the decanal level and then from the vice provost for academic planning. Only essential university-related travel is permitted to these destinations.

Off-campus research

For off-campus research (domestic/international), you must also review the VC Research COVID-19 Off-Campus/Field Research Guidelines for travel considerations and to determine any necessary approvals.