Vaccination, Testing and Safety Protocols
Jan. 13, 2022
Find below the latest protocols and guidelines from the UCLA COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force to ensure a safe return to campus for the current Winter Quarter of 2022.
2022 Winter Quarter Remote Start Extended
Jan. 7, 2022
UCLA has extended remote instruction through Friday, Jan. 28 for the current quarter due to COVID-19 trends and for necessary vaccine boosters and testing. In-person instruction should resume on Monday, Jan. 31 (subject to change). Please read the full update for more details.
Lifting of the Proclamation 10315 Southern Africa Entry Ban
Jan. 3, 2022
Proclamation 10329 of December 28, 2021, A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10315, revoked the southern Africa entry ban effective 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on December 31, 2021.
- Proclamation 10329 of December 28, 2021, A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10315, published in the Federal Register at 87 FR 149.
- DOS's page, Rescission of Travel Restrictions on Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Winter Quarter 2022 Start Update
Dec. 21, 2021
As of December 21, 2022, Taking into consideration the nuances of COVID-19 variant (Omicron), and the health & safety of our campus, the UCLA COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force has announced that the first two weeks of the 2022 winter quarter will be on remote.
- Classes will begin as scheduled, on January 3 but remotely, for the first two weeks. In-person instruction is intended to resume on January 18 (subject to change). For more information, please read the full message from UCLA regarding winter quarter plans. Read the FAQ for further clarification and details.
- International students arriving from overseas are highly encouraged to arrive as planned, avoiding any delays. This will allow adequate time for students to comply with new testing requirements and to receive vaccinations by the listed deadlines.
- All students should plan to be back on campus no later than January 9 in order to participate on COVID-19 testing, as well as to receive all required vaccinations/boosters to comply with UC’s vaccine Policy.
Find more UCLA campus resources and visa information below:
- COVID-19 campus resources and guidelines, please see the UCLA COVID protocols.
- UCLA health center for support & resources, visit The Ashe Center.
- On-campus housing for winter 2022, please visit the Housing information page.
- U.S. Department of State Visa News
- Visa Appointment Wait Times
Travel Advisory and Guidance from the State of California and The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Dec. 15, 2021
As of December 13, The California Department of Public Health released a travel advisory stating that all travelers arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries should test 3-5 days upon arrival. Further information on this update can be found on the LACDPH. The state of California is issuing the following recommendations:
- All travelers arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries should follow CDC travel guidance.
- All travelers arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries should test 3-5 days upon arrival.
- All travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations.
U.S. Entry COVID-19 Test Requirements
Dec. 7, 2021
Please see an important update from the CDC for all International Air Travelers Destined for the United States.
As of December 6, all air passengers eligible for entry into the United States, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States with limited exceptions or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. More details on this requirement for all non-immigrant travelers is available online.
Presidential Proclamation Restricting and Suspending Entry of Nonimmigrants from Certain Southern African Countries to the U.S.
Dec. 7, 2021
Effective November 29, The Proclamation 10315 November 26 Presidential Proclamation suspends the entry of immigrants and non-immigrant visitors who were physically present within the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the US. Please find more details online.
We encourage all international students and scholars to make informed decisions before making international travel plans.
U.S. Entry Vaccination Requirements
Nov. 3, 2021
The White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced details of the new vaccination policy that will soon go into effect for international travelers arriving in the United States. Beginning November 8, 2021, non-immigrant travelers (age 18 or older at the time of travel) will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to arrival in the United States, subject to limited exceptions. This global vaccine requirement coincides with the end of the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. This is explained in further detail on the U.S. Department of State website.
Please visit the CDC website for more information about the global vaccination requirement. Links to relevant topics are provided below:
Visa Appointment Expedite Letters for students now available
Degree-seeking students who require a support letter to expedite the scheduling of their visa appointment can now print one from the International Student Dashboard in MyUCLA.
The International Student Portal is optimized using the latest version of the following browsers:
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
The latest version of the following software must be installed on your browser to access all features:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Adobe Flash
- JAVA Script
If you are experiencing problems with this portal, please use a different browser and install the software listed above.
If you are an Apple Macintosh user and experiencing issues, please try accessing the site using a Microsoft Windows operating system.
Please Note: The Portal is not supported by tablets or mobile devices running a mobile operating system.
COVID vaccinations now available at participating airports in California
The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) single-dose vaccine is now available to all individuals 18 years of age and older, including arriving and departing passengers of any nationality or country of residence at the following airports:
UC President Michael Drake and the Chancellors of all 10 UC campuses sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security on behalf of international students and scholars
The letter explains that international students' and scholars' contribution to U.S. education, research, culture, and innovation is essential. It asks the government to expand the travel restrictions exemption for students beyond the recently expanded lists, and consider a similar exemption for international scholars, allow online interviews for new F student and J exchange visitors to address potential processing backlogs, and resume normal visa services in locations where they have been suspended or limited.
National Interest Exception Extended to Certain Travelers from India
On April 30, 2021, the U.S. Department of State decided to apply the same set of National Interest Exceptions to India that applies to all other regional travel restrictions currently in effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see this announcement for more information.
Presidential Proclamation Restricting and Suspending Entry of Nonimmigrants from India to the U.S.
On April 30, 2021 President Biden signed a proclamation suspending the entry into the United States of aliens who were physically present in the Republic of India within the 14 days preceding entry or attempted entry into the United States. U.S. See the White House's proclamation for more information.
Reduction of Consular Services at U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia
Effective May 12, 2021, U.S. Embassy Moscow will reduce consular services offered to include only emergency U.S. citizen services and a very limited number of age-out and life or death emergency immigrant visas. See this update for more information.
National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland
On April 26, 2021, the Secretary of State made a national interest determination regarding categories of travelers eligible for exceptions under Presidential Proclamations (PPs) related to the spread of COVID-19. Students and academics subject to these proclamations due to their presence in China, Iran, Brazil, the Schengen Area, Ireland, the United Kingdom, or South Africa, may qualify for an NIE only if their academic program begins August 1, 2021 or later. The automatic NIE appears to apply to continuing and new international students who are subject to restricted entry per COVID-19 related proclamations if they enter the U.S. on or after the August 1 date. Students who wish to enter the U.S. before August 1, must contact the visa post for further instructions. See this update for more information.
Remote Learning Resources
We understand there are unique challenges for our international community during remote learning. Check out our support guide here: Best Practices for Remote Learning for International Students.
New Requirements for All Air Travelers to the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their travel guidance with information for travelers who are fully vaccinated and travelers who are unvaccinated. 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 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
Continued SEVP/DOS Guidance for fall 2021
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Department of State (DOS) have not yet released updated guidance on F-1 and J-1 status requirements for fall 2021. In the absence of updated federal guidance for fall 2021, the Dashew Center will continue to advise students based on the latest guidelines for F-1 and J-1 visa restrictions and exemptions.
Safety Reminders and Travel Advisories
According to the California Department of Public Health's updated Travel Advisory, all travelers arriving in California from other states or countries should self-quarantine for 7 or 10 days, depending on whether or not the traveler is fully vaccinated. In addition, the City of Los Angeles is now requiring all travelers over the age of 16 entering Los Angeles from another state or country to complete a Traveler Form. Travelers will be required to complete the form prior to or upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys Airport, or Union Station.