Travel Guidance

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Boosters

For all students, faculty, and staff traveling on USC-sponsored programs, it is strongly recommended that you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, especially if traveling internationally.


For all non-personal student travel, students should follow the guidelines on the USC Global site “For Students”.

Study Abroad Programs

Students should consult with their USC home school or department study abroad advisor to learn about program availability –


Travel to DOS/CDC Level-4 Countries

  • Travelers are recommended to be up to date on vaccination
  • Traveler prepares a plan that indicates itinerary, justification for travel, compliance with all relevant COVID-19 guidelines, and emergency response plan 
  • If travel is to a Level-4 pre-approved country, the travel plan is reviewed and approved by the respective School Dean or designated divisional approver
  • If travel is to a Level-4 country not in the pre-approved list, the respective School Dean or designated divisional approver submits it to the Travel Review Panel for final review and approval
  • Travelers must sign the Travel Acknowledgment/Waiver Form

All other international travel


  • The list of pre-approved Level 4 countries can change at any time
  • Phase 5 plans contain a step-back contingency. In the event that restrictions be reinstated, travel guidelines will have to adjust accordingly