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Updated: 04/8/2021 

Travel Guidance For UCR Personnel

The Office of the President has rescinded the prior travel directives and directs that all University travelers follow the CDC Guidance before, during and upon return from travel. 

Follow all CDC Guidance on “Travel During COVID-19 Page”.  

From the CDC: What you need to know:
Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated or stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. 

Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

UCR strongly advise UCR personnel to refrain from personal, non-essential travel (both domestic and international) during breaks. UCR recommends all domestic personal travel be registered with UC Away.

For the following guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated after 2 weeks have passed since their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or after 2 weeks have passed since their single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine. 

Outbound Travel Plans
  • Essential University-related travel must be registered with UC AwayIf you are traveling for university-related business, please consider whether you can participate remotely (e.g., via online platforms or teleconference) or delay travel to a later date.
  • All essential university-related international travel must request and receive advance written approval from the immediate supervisor, cognizant Vice Chancellor or Dean, and the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. Please complete and follow the instructions on the University-Related Travel Pre-Approval Form to expedite the approval process.
Domestic Travel For Vaccinated People
  • People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States.
Domestic/International Travel For Unvaccinated People
  • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
International Travel For All Travelers
  • Before you travel, make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination's requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States. Click here to learn check the current COVID-19 situation in your destination.

If you decide to travel outside of the United States, please be aware that the CDC may issue new international travel warnings without notice, potentially resulting in limited or delayed flights and possible quarantine upon re-entry. Please ensure that your family and friends are aware of your travel plans and how to reach you.

Inbound/Return Travel Plans

From the CDC: International Travel Requirements
All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States. See the CDC Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Domestic Travel For Vaccinated People
  • After your travel, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Isolate and get tested if symptoms develop. You do not need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. 
International Travel for Vaccinated People
  • After your travel, get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
Domestic/International Travel For Unvaccinated People
  • After your travel, get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after your trip AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, regardless of test results. If you test positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not. 
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

    CR travelers will not be allowed to return to campus until after the quarantine ends.  Accordingly, faculty and staff should be in touch with their supervisors to determine measures for remote work. Similarly, students should be in contact with their instructors and academic advisors to identify appropriate measures to complete required assignments or tests.

    UC Travel Insurance - COVID-19 FAQ's

    The UC has arranged for employees and students traveling on official university business to be covered for a wide variety of accidents and incidents while away from the campus or primary workplace. Review the UC Travel Insurance Coverage for more information.

    Who is Covered under the UC Travel Policy?
    University travelers include employees, medical residents, students, fellows, and guests with travel paid by the University.  Personal travel such as vacation travel, is not covered by the UC Travel program.

    How can I find out what is covered by the UC Travel policy?

    The UC Travel generally covers emergency services, so routine health services would not be covered.  The most frequently used coverage is the accident medical and security extraction coverage.

    With the COVID 19 crisis, the most common benefit used is the trip cancellation/interruption coverage. A summary of the benefits is located here: 

    Student Travel Insurance Benefits
    Staff/Faulty Travel Insurance Benefits

    The benefits summary has an exclusion for “bacterial or viral infection.”  Is there coverage if I get sick due to Coronavirus and have to be hospitalized? 

    Coverage decisions are made by the insurance carrier Chubb and we have been informed that Coronavirus is a medical condition, thus if the disease is contracted while traveling overseas under this policy the medical benefit coverage would respond. However, please note that Chubb would have to comply with the local quarantine protocols in such cases.  

    How can I cancel my travel my registered trip?                                           

    If your registered trip should be canceled and fees are incurred, complete the form below:

    What if I am stranded while traveling abroad?

    United HealthCare Group (UHCG) can assist stranded travelers wanting to return home. Travelers should first work with travel agent/ airline directly to book a flight. If they are not able to obtain a flight back, UHCG will work directly with travelers: https://www.ucop.edu/risk-services-travel/_files/uc-travel-insurance/travel-assistance-services.pdf . Note, even if travelers did not previously register their UC Trip, they can still obtain assistance from UHCG.