This message was shared with the faculty, staff and students of the 10-campus University of Hawaiʻi system on March 3, 2020.

Aloha University of Hawaiʻi ʻOhana,

In light of the novel coronavirus named COVID-19, this message clarifies the university’s policy on travel by UH students and employees.

It is important to remember that the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation. Out of an abundance of caution, we remind our entire UH community that any travel to and from Hawaiʻi, including within the United States, may be restricted on short notice. If you are on authorized or personal travel when this happens, you may be delayed in returning to Hawaiʻi.

Please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel advisory page for the latest updates.


CDC Level 3 Countries: Any UH-sponsored travel by students and employees to CDC Level 3 countries is not authorized. As of this message, Level 3 countries are China, South Korea, Italy and Iran.

CDC Level 2 Countries:

  • Employees: Any UH-sponsored travel to CDC Level 2 countries is not authorized, unless approval is received from your respective UH Officer. If travel was arranged prior to a country receiving a Level 2 designation, then your respective UH Officer must approve before departure.
  • Students:
    • Any UH-sponsored travel by individual students to CDC Level 2 countries is not authorized unless approval is received from your UH Officer.
    • Any UH-sponsored travel by student groups to CDC Level 2 countries is not authorized.
  • UH Officers are the UH Mānoa Provost, UH Hilo Chancellor, UH West O‘ahu Chancellor, Vice President for Community Colleges, all other Vice Presidents, and the President.

As of this message, Japan is the only Level 2 country.

TRAVEL INTO HAWAIʻI: Visitors, Students and Employees

Once an individualʻs entry into the State of Hawaiʻi is cleared by the government, visitors and returning students and employees are welcomed on all of our campuses. No additional restrictions are required beyond what is already mandated by government authorities. Any type of bias, discrimination and/or harassment directed at visitors and returning students and faculty during this situation will not be tolerated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email and check the UH COVID-19 resource pages:

Thank you for your time and attention,
University of Hawaiʻi