The UC system will move forward with a vaccine mandate policy, issued on July 15, that will go into effect on August 4, 2021.
Arrival Guidelines for Students
To help you plan for your arrival to campus in the fall, University Health Services has developed testing, vaccination, and self-sequester arrival guidelines for students. The guidelines pertain to all students, with specific details as well for those planning to live in on-campus housing or coming from abroad.
We recognize that, if you are outside the United States, you may not have access to vaccines. We have free campus vaccine clinics for students who still need to obtain a vaccine.
Ideally, all students will arrive in the Bay Area and obtain vaccinations by August 4, 2021, two weeks before the UC Berkeley fall term begins on Aug. 18. (Instructions begin on Aug. 25). All students will need to get tested through a campus testing site.
International students should get tested before they depart and 5 days after their arrival in the U.S. These guidelines are detailed in these arrival guidelines for students.
Once you take at least one COVID-19 test, your testing badge will be valid for 180 days from the date you were fully vaccinated. Once fully vaccinated, no regular surveillance testing is necessary
Exceptions to the vaccine policy for religious or medical conditions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and a process to submit these exceptions will be available by July 15, when the UC vaccine policy is finalized.
If you wish to waive our Student Health Insurance Plan, the deadline to do so is July 15 (or August 15 with a late fee assessed).
UC Berkeley will accept COVID vaccines from other countries that are approved by the World Health Organization. As of June 3, 2021, WHO has evaluated that the following vaccines against COVID-19 have met the necessary criteria for safety and efficacy:
As the World Health Organization approves new vaccines, we will accept them.
As of July 12, for fully vaccinated individuals, face coverings are optional both indoors and outdoors on the UC Berkeley campus. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption are still required to wear a face covering while indoors. Find the latest information on the campus Coronavirus Face Coverings page.