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.

Updated August 17, 2022

UC Berkeley International Travel Directives

Trip registration is required for all foreign travel

  • Trip registration is required for all university-related foreign travel, regardless of State Department Travel Advisory Level or travel purpose. Travel booked via Connexxus is automatically registered, or register manually via UCAway

Campus pre-approval is required for the following types of foreign travel:

  • Study abroad and group student travel for credit: Regardless of CDC or State Department Advisory Level, 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, at least 90 days in advance of departure. This involves approval first at the decanal level and then from Berkeley Study Abroad. Contact with questions. For further details on Study Abroad or International Group Student Travel, see guidelines on
  • 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) for any reasons other than solely COVID-19 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. Contact with questions.

Important updates

  • Effective May 3, 2022, UC Berkeley has ended the requirement for pre-approval to CDC Level 3 & 4 locations that had been in effect since 2020. However, travel to State Department Level 4 locations and all study abroad/group student travel continues to require pre-approval from central campus. Refer to for current campus guidelines.
  • 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.
  • On December 21, 2021, the UC system announced that the current UC COVID-19 vaccination policy requires faculty, staff and students to obtain a booster shot as soon as they are eligible.