Travel


Students & Employees: Personal & University-Related Travel

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.

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.

University-Related Travel 

  • 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; all faculty and staff are strongly advised against personal travel to international destinations during 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.

The U.S. government is currently enforcing an entry ban on foreign passport holders who have been in certain countries, including China, the United Kingdom, Brazil and most 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.

What this means, practically, is that 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.

Furthermore, 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. If you arrive in the United States in advance of the start of classes, also 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.

Travel Restrictions

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