COVID-19: Precautions and considerations for travel or fieldwork

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August 16, 2022

Institutional Review

General precautions and considerations:


  • Stay home if sick with a fever or cough or close contact with COVID cases within the last 14 days.

Travel Registration

  • Remind all participants to register travel via UC Away.


  • COVID-19 vaccination is required for all students, faculty and staff (including visiting scholars, postdocs and visiting students). Visit the UHS website to review the UC vaccine policy and upload your vaccine record.


  • COVID-19 testing is available on campus and may be required prior to travel depending on your destination (visit the UHS website learn more).

Face Covering

  • Learn and follow local requirements during travel and at your destination. Surgical masks and N95 respirators are available to UC Berkeley employees and may be picked up in advance of travel to carry with you; see EH&S distribution hours.

Physical Distancing, Accommodations, Hygiene, First Aid, and Communication

  • Physical distancing of 6 feet is no longer required, but is good practice when possible. 
  • For overnight trips, ensure extra lodging is available to accommodate any participants that become ill or test positive, i.e. single rooms, single tents.
  • Ensure adequate water and soap for handwashing. Promote hygiene: wash hands for 20 seconds and wipe down surfaces often, cough into sleeve, dispose of tissues.
  • Maintain a cleaning/disinfection protocol for any shared bathrooms, kitchen facilities, or shared equipment.
  • Bring extra hand soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes.
  • Carry a thermometer in your first aid kit.Carry surgical masks and N95s in case any travelers become ill or test positive; best practice is to prioritize tight-fitting N95s for any group members not infected with COVID-19 that may be exposed or need to assist ill or suspect cases (e.g. driving to get tested, delivering meals, etc.) In an outbreak situation, all group members should wear face covers when in close proximity.
  • Maintain robust communication to receive updates or get assistance; maintain a frequent check in schedule.
  • Carry a written emergency plan; consider distance to medical care and limited medical services/support for other injuries or illness.

Worksite Planning and Campus Updates

For additional questions or concerns, please contact EH&S Field Safety -