Travel Guidance and Regulations

University-Related Travel: Faculty, Students and Staff

  • All non-essential USC business travel remains suspended until further notice.
  • Keck Medicine of USC and the Keck School of Medicine of USC implemented a temporary ban on business travel for all international and domestic trips.

Personal Travel: Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff are strongly advised against non-essential personal travel at this time. All employees returning from international destinations are required to self-isolate for 14 days prior to coming to campus or other work environment. If the employee is non-exempt and planning to resume work-related responsibilities during self-isolation, supervisor approval is required prior to travel departure. If personal travel is unavoidable, faculty and staff are encouraged to register their personal itineraries in the USC Travel & Expense Portal (powered by SAP Concur) by clicking on the “Go to Duty of Care page for registration instructions.” This will enable emergency messages from the university to reach you in the event of an unanticipated travel disruption.

Personal Travel: Students

All students are strongly advised against non-essential personal travel for the duration of the academic semester. All students who return from international travel destinations are required to self-isolate for 14 days prior to coming to campus facilities, including congregate residential facilities (housing with shared kitchens and bathrooms) in USC Housing. Students who engage in personal travel during the academic semester are responsible for self-isolation accommodations for the 14-day period.

All who deem personal travel essential during this time should consider the coverages below due to COVID-19:

  • Travel/trip insurance coverage (flight cancellation, ticket exchanges and refunds)
  • Medical insurance coverage while traveling
  • Emergency evacuation and repatriation coverage, when medically necessary

If travel is unavoidable, consult the domestic travel safety guide for personal travel (developed by USC Environmental Health & Safety) as you make your preparations.

Current Travel Advisory Information 

The U.S. Department of State maintains a Level 4 travel advisory (“do not travel”) for all international travel and advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued several arrival restrictions on China, Iran and certain countries in Europe.

All travelers from international destinations are required by the L.A. County Department of Public Health to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the United States before arriving on campus or residing in campus housing.

We strongly recommend that members of the USC community postpone non-essential personal travel at this time.

International Students 

Students Currently in the United States

USC’s Office of International Services encourages international students with personal travel plans outside of the United States to review the travel guidance on its website for information about required travel documents.

International students in Los Angeles who are having trouble finding flight routes home can reach out to the university’s travel service for advice and guidance. Please contact:

Students Currently Outside the United States

International students who are currently in their home countries can contact their local USC office for support. 

Specific guidance for institutions of higher education is expected soon from the governor of California and the L.A. County Department of Public Health. Given the current public health situation, the university recommends that students not travel to campus and instead make progress toward their degree through fully online coursework this fall.

We understand that the decision to travel to the United States during the pandemic is a personal one and should be considered carefully. Although continuing students remain eligible to return to the United States to resume their studies, below are some additional considerations that may impact the decision to travel:

The U.S. government is currently enforcing an entry ban on foreign passport holders who have been in certain countries, including China, Iran, the United Kingdom, Brazil and many European countries, within 14 days of their arrival to the United States. See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for more information and a full list of countries.

With specific exceptions, students residing in any of these restricted countries will need to spend at least 14 days in a different, unrestricted country before traveling to the United States.

Effective July 16, 2020, F-1 student travelers from the Schengen Area, the UK and Ireland who are applying for or have valid visas may now travel to the United States, even though the current presidential proclamations regarding travel remain in effect. F-1 students traveling with valid F-1 visas do not need to seek a national interest exception to travel to the United States, but students traveling from these countries may experience delays at inspection from Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) upon entering the United States. Students from those areas who are traveling on a J-1 visa may contact the nearest embassy or consulate to initiate an exception request.

All travelers from international destinations are required by the L.A. County Department of Public Health to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the United States before arriving on campus or residing in campus housing.

Please consider these safety restrictions imposed by the U.S. government and plan your travel carefully. Also, please keep in mind that USC Housing will not be able to accommodate you until the university’s formal move-in dates (Aug. 10-16) and after you have completed your 14-day quarantine within the United States.