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Global Affairs Q&A Related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Originally posted on March 6, 2020, last updated on August 18, 2021

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For Global Teaching and Learning Resources

How can I still engage globally given all the changes related to COVID-19?

As we address the impact of COVID-19 we acknowledge that though we may be temporarily restricted in our location, it is still critically important that our teaching and learning includes global and intercultural experiences—and that we continue to expand avenues such as online course content or virtual international collaborations. As faculty and students look to strengthen global and international collaborations, Global Affairs has gathered a set of resources to help faculty connect with others around the world and support students in becoming global thinkers and learners.

Global Teaching and Learning Resources for Students, Faculty, and Staff

For UC Davis Faculty and Staff Travelers

Where can I find information on testing and international travel requirements?

For international travelers it is important to understand which test is required for entry to the country you are traveling. Specific guidance for travelers on entry requirements can be found on the U.S. State Departments website.

Currently UC Davis is performing COVID-19 testing on campus and your results are then available via the Student Health e-Messaging portal. At this time the UC Davis and Healthy Davis Together’s saliva test are RT-PCR, but are not FDA approved. Because of this, they will not work for travel and entry requirements.

There are several options for travelers to get the testing they need before travel. For UC Davis employees traveling on business we recommend making an appointment with the Travel Medicine Clinic before you travel. Student travelers are advised to contact Student Health and Counseling before you travel. All other travelers and travelers making personal trips should consult their primary care doctor to help set up a COVID test before travel.

Travelers can use this resource to find testing sites near them. Travelers should confirm with their chosen testing facility to make an appointment in time for them to travel and to ensure results meet entry and travel requirements. Additionally some international airports such as SFO offer testing on site before you travel (see SFO COVID-19 Testing). Specific guidance for travelers on entry requirements can be found on the U.S. State Departments website.

Can I receive a vaccine when I arrive in California?

Several U.S. airports are now offering COVID-19 Vaccines (primarily Johnson & Johnson) at the airport upon arrival. At this time these are walk-in clinics and do not require an appointment. Insurance is also not required and the vaccination is free of cost. Here is information on some airport in California:

What should I consider before purchasing travel insurance for international travel?

There are three types of insurance for international travel: your personal health insurance, trip insurance, and travel insurance.

With COVID-19 still impacting a large number of countries and health concerns being the most common incident, travelers should consider what their personal health insurance covers when traveling. First, you can call your insurance benefits services and confirm if your insurance provides international coverage as not all plans will cover medical incidents out of the country. Secondly, you should research the destinations to which you’re traveling to insure they accept your insurance or require upfront payments for medical care.

Trip insurance is purchased for flights or long hotel stays. This insurance covers the traveler if there is an illness or natural disaster that delays their trip. This allows the traveler to get a refund or move their travel dates without penalties. With travel restrictions and new requirements changing rapidly due to COVID-19, UC Davis recommends that all trips, both personal and on university business, have some sort of trip insurance or refund policy, with the company the trip is booked with, that allows the travel to adapt to changes in the travel environment.

Travel insurance is a more robust insurance policy than both the trip insurance and personal health insurance. This insurance often covers emergency evacuations, accident or medical care, passport and other document replacement, trip delay reimbursement, personal property loss, and other benefits. For travelers who are traveling on university business, you are automatically enrolled in this insurance policy when you register your trip. Travelers on personal trips can purchase travel insurance through multiple groups and insurance companies. UC Davis offers UC Davis personnel the opportunity to purchase insurance coverage for their personal travel at nominal rates which includes many of the same benefits and services as the business travel insurance policy.

Should I cancel or reschedule my domestic and/or international travel plans?

Global Affairs is monitoring the situation in countries and assisting travelers based on the assessments of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the U.S. Department of State.

Domestic Travel
  • UC Davis travelers are advised against all non-essential university-sponsored domestic travel, particularly by air. We encourage finding alternate means of conducting business such as video or web conferencing.
International Travel

If you are traveling on university business, you must register your trip, which provides real-time updates and additional protections. UC Davis travelers may also choose to register personal trips.

The UC Davis Travel Security team uses this information to identify impacted travelers and communicate updates before and during trips. This information allows travelers to make educated decisions about travel and the possible risks involved. In addition, per UC Davis policy, failure to register international travel may result in: delays or forfeiture of reimbursement of travel expenses; and delays in the ability of the university to provide support in the event of an emergency.

There is a myriad of contingencies that might affect your ability to travel, so please contact Travel Security Manager A.J. Leeds at or (530) 752-4129 if you have specific concerns or questions. 

UC Davis international students and scholars with questions about visa and immigration issues should contact Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) in Global Affairs at with questions. Students or faculty with questions specific to study abroad of other global learning programs should contact the Global Learning Hub in Global Affairs at

We strongly recommend travelers review the Global Affairs web announcement, which has regular updates and travel advisories. Contact information:, +1 (530) 752-4129.

What are the current university quarantine requirements?

For travel anywhere outside California (both domestic and international)
  • Travelers who are not fully vaccinated should get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before travel, and get tested 3-5 days upon arrival to their destination. They should stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative.
  • Travelers who are not fully vaccinated and don't get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Asymptomatic health care workers and veterinary services workers returning from outside the U.S. are no longer required to quarantine.

What does self-quarantine mean for employees?

If you regularly work on campus and choose to travel out of state, you are encouraged to prepare in advance to self-quarantine upon your return. Do you have work responsibilities or tasks that can be completed from home? Discuss with your supervisor in advance how to complete your job functions from home for the quarantine period. Find more information about remote work resources and COVID-19 leaves on the HR website.

Read more guidance on Quarantine and Isolation on the UC Davis Campus Ready website

Do I need a negative COVID-19 test to enter the United States?

On January 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that they are expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. If the passenger has not gotten their results or refuses to take a test the airlines are required to deny them passage on the aircraft.

Travel Advisory Related to Coronavirus 


For UC Davis Faculty Researchers

Will my Global Affairs Seed Grant, Grant for Advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals and/or Grants for Regional Faculty Groups be extended?

All grants have been given a one-year extension, given the current circumstances. Extensions beyond that will depend on individual circumstances. Please reach out to Elizabeth Langridge-Noti, director of faculty engagements in Global Affairs, at, if this appears to be necessary.

Can we adjust our budgets, given the current circumstances?

Global Affairs recognizes that changing circumstances may mean reorganizing your budget. If you are contemplating moving activities to a virtual space, there may be costs associated with internet, equipment, or phone costs even if in-person meetings are cancelled. When making adjustments, keep in mind university restrictions (e.g. salaries for full-time UC Davis employees cannot be paid with grant monies). Please inform us if you intend to make significant adjustments to your budget.

Should we try to wait out the restrictions on international mobility rather than reconfigure our project?

This depends on the status of your project and on the planned outcomes. It is also important to take into consideration the very fluid situation for travel that is likely to be the “new normal” for a number of months to come.

What if I need to get equipment and/or other items back to Davis from another country?

As a first step, refer back to the paperwork that you submitted to send the equipment to the overseas location. The office listed on that paperwork should be able to help you with initial steps to recover equipment. Contracting units that you may have utilized for permissions for equipment are listed here with a brief description of what each unit does. If you have further questions, please reach out to Elizabeth Langridge-Noti, director of faculty engagements in Global Affairs, at, to see if we can help facilitate further connections.

What should I do about samples coming from another country and the permits that would be associated with them?

Movement of goods continues to be impacted by COVID-19. Especially for samples that need special care or rapid transit, it may be worth waiting or exploring alternative ways to handle the processing. As with equipment, make sure you go back to your original paperwork to identify which unit was helping you with the samples (material transfer), and contact them for assistance. Contracting units that you may have utilized for permissions for material transfer are listed here with a brief description of what each unit does. If you have further questions, please reach out to Elizabeth Langridge-Noti, director of faculty engagements in Global Affairs, at, to see if we can help facilitate further connections.

Are there specific research guidelines that need to be considered in ramping up my international project?

The Office of Research has published guidelines related to campus directives related to research; planning/actions for PIs and researchers; operations supporting research; guidance from agencies and institutions; and new research and technology development targeting COVID-19. For planning and ramping up your UC Davis research projects during COVID-19 visit: Guidelines for Ramping Up On-Campus Research and Research Continuity and Planning for COVID-19.

Who should I contact in the Office of Research if I have additional questions?

You should contact either Whitney Cheung, Executive Analyst for Associate Vice Chancellor Paul Dodd, at wkcheung@ucdavis.eduor Ana Lucia Cordova, Strategic Initiatives Manager, at

For International Students and Scholars

Will I be able to secure a visa and travel to the U.S. to attend classes this fall quarter?

Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) within Global Affairs works with international students and scholars to provide necessary documents for international travel. For the latest information about securing a visa and attending classes this fall, and for other topics related to fall quarter, please visit Fall 2021 Planning for International Students and Scholars.

SISS is also available for UC Davis international students and scholars with questions or concerns about traveling to and from UC Davis, visas, immigration status, and specific programs such as the Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP).

All SISS advising has moved to phone or online appointments only at this time. Please reach out to your advisor directly to schedule an appointment or ask a question. You will find email addresses for all advisors in our SISS Staff Directory or email

For questions about graduate education, please email

Fall 2021 Planning for International Students and Scholars

Coronavirus Information and Resources for UC Davis International Students and Scholars

For Study Abroad and Global Learning Students and Faculty

Will Study Abroad or other global learning programs be cancelled in 2021?

UC Davis Study Abroad will not be running the following programs in 2021: UC Davis Quarter Abroad (Spring), UC Davis Summer Abroad, and UC Davis Summer Abroad Internships.

2021 UC Davis Virtual Summer Internships and Quarter Abroad Fall programs will proceed as usual. The Global Learning Hub is working with campus Travel Security to conduct a program review and receive clearance to operate Quarter Abroad Fall programs.

Will Study Abroad or other global learning programs be offered in 2022?

Yes, UC Davis is planning to run programs in 2022 including Quarter Abroad Spring, Summer Abroad, Summer Abroad Internships, Virtual Summer Internships and Quarter Abroad Fall. Information on 2022 programs will be available on the Global Learning Hub website by the end of summer 2021.

UC Davis will continue to monitor circumstances related to COVID-19 that could impact 2022 programs and make decisions based on travel directives and guidance from UC Davis Travel Security, the University of California system, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization (WHO), and assessments from campus leadership, workgroups, and subject matter experts.

More FAQs, information and resources for students

The Global Learning Hub is currently remotely advising students. Please email with any questions or to set up a remote advising appointment.

The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) is posting updates to UCEAP programs on their website.

Ongoing Travel Updates Related to Coronavirus 

More Information

What happens to international delegation visits to UC Davis?

UC Davis will welcome international delegations to campus starting at the beginning of Fall Quarter 2021 (as of October 4, 2021). Visitors must follow all current campus, local, state, and national public health guidelines at the time of their visit. Both prior to October 4, and after that date, virtual delegation meetings will be welcome. If your delegation would like to schedule future virtual or in-person meetings, kindly fill out our Visitor Request Form. Please contact Michael Lazzara, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Partnerships in Global Affairs, with any questions ( 

Is the UC Davis International Center Open?

The UC Davis International Center is currently closed and Global Affairs staff are working remotely. Please email with general questions, with questions specific to international students and scholars, and with questions specific to global learning programs.

What other steps is UC Davis taking?

For more information related to campus updates and health and preventative tips, please see the following UC Davis resources.

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