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. Event guidelines are posted on the Guidelines for Campus Gatherings page.

All Visitors

All visitors to campus are strongly recommended to 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 or the COVID-19 Screening for Minor Children 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 48 hours for a PCR test, or 24 hours for a rapid antigen home test.

Casual Visitors

Casual visitors, including vendors, contractors and others who do not have specific meetings or appointments on campus, have no requirements beyond the strong recommendation to wear 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 have 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 48 hours prior to their visit for a PCR test, or 24 hours prior for a rapid antigen home test. They also should know they will be asked to complete the On-Demand COVID-19 Screening Survey or the COVID-19 Screening for Minor Children prior to their arrival, 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 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.

Visitors returning from international travel should be reminded of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel guidance:

  • Self-quarantine for 5 days upon arrival if you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, or booster-eligible without a booster shot
  • 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 are strongly recommended to 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 48 hours for a PCR test, or 24 hours for a rapid antigen home test. 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 COVID-19 Screening Survey or the COVID-19 Screening for Minor Children 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, COVID-19 clearance badges generated through the Student Health Patient Portal 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 COVID-19 Screening Survey or the COVID-19 Screening for Minor Children, 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.