Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Important Update: COVID-19 Travel Policy Over the Holidays

Dear UCSF Community,

As the COVID-19 infection rate accelerates in California and across the country, Governor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Department of Public Health have issued public health advisories regarding holiday travel. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the UCSF community, frontline care workers, and patients, UCSF is issuing updated travel guidance aligned with our state and local public health officials.

If you are considering travel outside of the 9 Bay Area counties (and Fresno) over the holidays, including domestic and international, it is important that you understand UCSF’s updated travel policy, as it may impact your plans or ability to return to on-site work and activities.

UCSF continues to strongly recommend against all non-essential personal travel. We recognize that making a decision not to travel during the holiday season may be difficult for many. However, avoiding travel in the midst of an expanding pandemic will help slow the transmission of COVID-19 and protect you, your family, and friends.

If travel is unavoidable, please visit the updated UCSF travel policy for important guidance and steps you should take before returning to on-site work and activities after traveling. 

The updated travel policy addresses:

  1. Guidance for on-site workers
  2. Guidance for researchers; and remote workers who are periodically on site
  3. Guidance for students

If you must travel for personal reasons, practice COVID-19 preventative measures and carefully review the steps you should take upon your return. In addition, please consider the pandemic’s rapidly evolving circumstances and prepare to adapt to changing public health orders.

As members of the UCSF community, we bear a special responsibility as public health leaders and role models during this pandemic. Our patients, students, and the communities we serve depend on us to take all appropriate steps to stay healthy ourselves and to slow the spread of the virus so that we can continue serving the public at this critical time.  Please avoid non-essential travel and risky behavior whenever possible.

We are grateful for your ongoing and tireless dedication, and ask that you consider the health and well-being of your colleagues, patients, and the communities we serve as you make your holiday plans.


Josh Adler, MD
Chief Clinical Officer, UCSF Health
Vice Dean, Clinical Affairs, UCSF School of Medicine