Each month the Chief Compliance Office will highlight a policy for its Policy Spotlight Series. This month focuses on the rescission of the interim policy on Travel Risk Reduction:
The interim policy on Travel Risk Reduction (900-25) has been rescinded. This was an interim policy that outlined the requirements for travel to ensure the health, safety, and security of the UCR community, including while traveling. In line with the Chancellor’s June 23, 2021 communication and UC Office of the President’s March 12, 2021 updated travel guidelines, exceptional approval for travel is no longer required. All university travelers must still follow CDC Guidance before, during, and upon return from travel. The CDC guidance states that travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Travel should be delayed until you are fully vaccinated. In addition, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States. For additional details from the CDC, please review their Frequently Asked Questions.
As a reminder, University-Related Travel must be registered with UC Away. There are also additional details regarding travel for UCR personnel on the EH&S Travel Guidance website, which are summarized below:
Domestic Travel Plans
Per CDC guidelines, people who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the United States. People who are not vaccinated, should get tested before and after their travel and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
Outgoing International Travel
Per CDC guidelines, make sure you understand and follow airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine which may differ from U.S. requirements. There is guidance from the CDC on travel recommendations by destination. In addition, be sure to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
Incoming International Travel
Per CDC guidelines, 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 three months before they board a flight to the U.S. After you travel, get tested with a viral test within 3-5 days of your return. For people who are not vaccinated, they must also get tested upon return and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, regardless of test results. UCR travelers will not be allowed to return until after quarantine ends.