Policy on Visitors to UCSF Facilities

Updated April 22, 2021 

UCSF's top priority is to ensure the health and safety of the UCSF community, including patients and visitors. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, this requires implementing special precautions and policies affecting non-patient visitors to UCSF Health and UCSF Dental Center facilities, as well as campus facilities.  

The following guidance is effective until further notice, and will be updated as conditions change.  

While enacting this policy, members of the UCSF community are reminded to be courteous and respectful of all people so as not to stigmatize or discriminate against any groups. 

UCSF Health and UCSF Dental Center Facilities

UCSF Health and UCSF Dental Center facilities have enacted policies to restrict the number of non-patient visitors allowed at all UCSF hospital and clinic facilities, in accordance with public health guidance. 

Please visit the UCSF Health visitor restrictions website for a full list of visitation hours and guidelines. 

Study participants who have been approved by their research study to enter clinical facilities are exempted from the quarantine and testing requirements (see below for details). 

UCSF Campus Facilities

All non-essential visits to UCSF campus facilities are prohibited until further notice. To be considered essential, visits must not be able to be postponed and must be necessary to:

  • Preserve the safety of a patient or research subject; or
  • Preserve the results of a research activity; or
  • Meet a graduation requirement for students/trainees.

All guests approved to be on campus (see approval information below) must comply with UCSF's physical distancing and face covering protocols. Additionally, all guests must complete the UCSF Vendor & Campus Guest Daily Health Screening and present an Entry Pass when requested to do so. Those who do not pass the health screen are prohibited from accessing any UCSF buildings, vehicles, grounds, or other facilities, and are advised to call their health care provider. All guests must monitor for COVID symptoms for 14 days if arriving from outside California.  

If a quarantine is required after travel for approved guests, these individuals should remain in their hotel or residence for 7 days, mask and stay 6 feet away from people with whom they did not travel, wash hands frequently, and only go out for essential activities like obtaining food, medical care or individual outdoor exercise. They should also self-monitor for COVID symptoms for 14 days.  

Study participants who have been approved by their research study to enter clinical facilities are exempted from the quarantine and testing requirements (see below for details).  

Guests who are sick or showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who test positive may not enter campus facilities and will be turned away upon arrival.  

Requirements for Essential Campus Guests


Fully vaccinated: more than 2 weeks after receipt of second dose of 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or more than 2 weeks after receipt of single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen). Vaccine was received in the US and not as part of a clinical trial. Exception: proof of COVID-19 infection in the last 90 days.  

COVID-19 testing: UCSF accepts only PCR/LAMP/NAAT, not the rapid antigen test.  

Approved guests, fully vaccinated  with a US COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to entry  ​

  • Within California: no quarantine or testing is required to enter the UCSF campus. 
  • From another state: no quarantine or testing is required to enter the UCSF campus.   
  • From another country in the past 10 days: 
    • Mandatory test within 3 days before boarding flight to US (exception: proof of COVID-19 infection in last 90 days) 
    • No quarantine required
    • COVID-19 test required 3-5 days after travel 

Approved guests,  NOT  fully vaccinated with a US COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to entry   ​

  • Within California: no quarantine or testing is required to enter the UCSF campus. 
  • From another state in the past 10 days:  
    • COVID-19 test within 3 days prior to or on the first day on campus and again on day 5-7 
    • Home quarantine for 7 days when not on UCSF campus  
  • From another country in the past 10 days: 
    • Mandatory test required within 3 days before boarding flight to US (exception: proof of COVID-19 infection in last 90 days)  
    • COVID-19 test on day 1 after travel and again on day 5-7  
    • Home quarantine for 7 days when not on UCSF campus  

Approval Process for Essential Guests

All persons and groups who wish to have their visit to UCSF designated "essential” must obtain advance written approval as follows:  


Visit our Vendor Protocols page if you are a vendor in one of the following categories:  

  • Already approved by a department head or principal investigator 
  • Long-term vendors with UCSF IDs  
  • Construction workers hired under UCSF contracts  

Other vendors must be approved to enter UCSF campus facilities by the UCSF Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Director, or UCSF Health facilities by the Hospital Command Center (HCC) Director. Send a request to [email protected].

Research Participants  

Individuals participating as part of a research trial are approved by the principal investigator of the study. Please contact the research staff or principal investigator for any questions about approvals.  

Research participants must complete and receive clearance from the Vendor and Campus Guest Daily Screener each day before entering any UCSF campus facility.  

Other Campus Guests

For other types of guests wishing to enter the UCSF campus facilities, either the guest or the UCSF host can apply for approval by sending a request to [email protected]. This request must include the names and emails of all guests, their UCSF host, and their host’s affiliation, as well as information as to whether the guest is visiting UCSF from outside California or from an international location. Guests will be required to have specific COVID-19 testing (see above Requirements for Essential Guests), and should follow all other quarantine requirements when off campus.   

Approval should be obtained before travel arrangements are made, since testing and quarantine requirements may lengthen or curtail a visit. After-the-fact approval for reimbursement purposes is not guaranteed.  

Travis Pentz will facilitate submission of a request form that the UCSF host fills out for their guest(s). This request will be reviewed by the appropriate dean or leader, depending on the host’s UCSF association:  

  • Approvers For Faculty and Research-Related Staff Requests: the Dean of the School of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, or Graduate Division, or the Executive Director of the Institute of Global Health Sciences.     
  • Approvers For Administrative Staff Requests: the Chancellor (for staff in the University Development and Alumni Relations, Office of Communications, Office of Community & Government Relations, Diversity and Outreach, Legal Affairs, Science Policy & Strategy, and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer offices); Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost; Deans; UCSF Health CEO; or Senior Vice Chancellor Finance & Administration.