International Travel

The Global Engagement Office supports international travel by partnering with campus units to provide information about campus' international travel resources, advising on risk management, and reviewing exceptional international travel requests.

University-related travel to State Department Level 4 locations:

All UC Berkeley community members (faculty, students, staff) engaging in university-related international travel to countries rated 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. Refer to the international travel protocol and approval process.

University-related international travel to CDC Level 3 & 4 locations:

Until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and regardless of vaccination status, 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) or Level 4 COVID-19 Very High (avoid all 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. Refer to the international travel protocol and approval process.

Study Abroad:

Until further notice, regardless of CDC or State Department Advisory Level, and regardless of vaccination status, all study abroad and international group student travel for Berkeley coursework or credit involving Berkeley faculty, students, or staff (including advance travel for program planning and site evaluations, faculty-led programs, MBA exchanges, etc., both undergraduate and graduate) must complete a 2-step Study Abroad Travel Protocol. Refer to campus guidance for more information.

Important considerations for all international travelers

  • Effective August 4, 2021, all individuals requesting exceptional approval to travel for university-related purposes must attest that they are in compliance with the UCOP SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program as part of the approval process. The systemwide policy requires all students, staff, and faculty be vaccinated for COVID-19, with few exceptions. Please refer to University Health Services for more information.
  • With the exception of study abroad and group student travel, university-related travel to locations that are not designated CDC level 3 or 4, and/or State Department level 4 are not subject to the campus international travel protocol. However, travelers should still register their travel and are responsible for monitoring the travel advisories and adhering to CDC guidelines.