COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Interim Visitors Protocol

The University’s interim visitors protocol applies to all campus visitors, although the specific requirements may vary depending on the purpose of the visit and the length of time visitors are on campus.

Some areas and programs have additional requirements. These include (but are not limited to) UCSB Arts and Lectures and UC Santa Barbara Athletics. Prior to coming to campus, visitors should check with departments and program organizers for the most up-to-date protocols.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to share this page with individuals invited to campus for conferences, meetings, appointments, performances and other events.

All Visitors

All visitors to campus must wear face masks in any indoor space, and any individual who has symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should avoid campus altogether. Some visitors may be asked to complete an On-Demand Daily COVID-19 Screening Survey before coming to campus and to self-attest that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received a negative COVID-19 test result within the prior 3 days.

Casual Visitors

Casual visitors, including vendors, contractors and others who do not have specific meetings or appointments on campus, have no requirements beyond wearing face masks in all shared indoor spaces as directed by local and state public health guidelines. This includes families coming for campus tours or using the UCen. Note: Visitors to Housing, Dining & Auxiliary Enterprises has additional recommendations below.

Department and Invited Visitors

Individuals invited to campus should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 3 days prior to their visit. They also should know they will be asked to complete the On-Demand Daily COVID-19 Screening Survey prior to their arrival, and every day thereafter while they are on campus so they can self-attest to their vaccination and/or negative COVID-19 status and report any symptoms they may have.

Once completed, the screening survey will produce a COVID-19 Daily Clearance Certificate that will display a green color if the visitor is cleared to be on campus, and departments can ask to see that certification. If a COVID-19 test is required, that also will be noted. Hosting departments are allowed to ask to see the negative test result, or they may rely on self-attestation.

Visitors will receive a PDF of the clearance certificate via email, and departments are allowed to ask to see the certificate.

Unvaccinated visitors from outside California should be reminded of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel guidance for unvaccinated individuals:

  • Obtain a negative COVID-19 test 1-3 days prior to travel
  • Self-quarantine for 7 days upon arrival
  • Obtain a negative COVID-19 test result 3-5 days after arrival
  • If a COVID-19 test is positive, the visit should be cancelled or postponed before the visitor arrives on campus, or as soon as the result is received

Rapid tests are available at local pharmacies as well as from many medical providers.

Visitors must wear face masks in all indoor spaces except when they are eating or drinking, and it is encouraged that all food and drink consumption takes place outdoors.

Theater, Dance and Music Performances

Before audience members are admitted to performance venues such as Hatlen Theater, the Performing Arts Center or Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, event organizers may choose to ask them to verify that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received a negative COVID-19 test result within the prior 3 days. Organizers also should consider whether they will accept results of COVID-19 home tests, and they should make clear in advance what will be accepted.

Non-campus audience members may use the On-Demand Daily COVID-19 Screening Survey or show source documents for review. Guides to approved documents include Verifying Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test and Los Angeles County Visual Guidance Verifying Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination. For students, faculty and staff, clearance badges generated through the Daily COVID-19 Screening Survey are sufficient.

UCSB Arts & Lectures has developed its own set of COVID-19 mitigation protocols for audience members attending in-person events on campus and in community venues.

Visitors to Campus Housing and Dining Services

Visitors to residence halls, university-owned apartments and dining facilities are strongly encouraged to complete the On-Demand Daily COVID-19 Screening Survey, and this will be required for any visitor purchasing a meal in any of the dining commons, where a clearance certificate will be necessary for entry. Individuals who have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should avoid campus altogether.

COVID-19 mitigation protocols for casual visitors should be posted in residence halls and in dining commons lobbies.

Children’s Field Trips to Campus

Organized field trips to campus should be limited to children who have been fully vaccinated. Visits for children who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should not be allowed at this time.

Teachers, children and parents and other chaperones should be asked to complete the On-Demand Daily COVID-19 Screening Survey. Parents should complete the survey for any minor children. Individuals who have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should avoid coming to campus.