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COVID-19 Travel Guidance for Students:  Winter Break 2020

UPDATE: 12/09/2020

Santa Barbara County is currently subject to Governor Newsom's stay-at-home order which means that you should not be traveling at all if you are currently in Santa Barbara County as you are subject to these restrictions which currently extend until December 28, 2020.  We are actively discouraging students from traveling over the winter break because of the serious risk of spreading COVID-19 to family and friends and also of bringing it back to our community.  However, anyone leaving and returning to the area should be tested both before departure and upon return to the area.

UC Santa Barbara is offering expanded no-cost testing for all its students regardless if you travel or not both before and after the winter break.  You can schedule a test through the Student Health Portal

Increased rates of positivity in Isla Vista will prevent all of Santa Barbara County from easing restrictions on businesses, activities, and gatherings, and will prevent the campus from resuming activities, including in-person instruction,  and opening facilities that serve students during the winter quarter. 



If you remain in the Santa Barbara/Isla Vista area, there will be limited campus services available. 

  • Student Health Service hours of operation
  • Asymptomatic testing clinics will be open until 12/23/2020
  • Housing services will be limited and on an emergency basis only

If you do leave the area and then later return, you should follow the guidelines listed on the UCSB Winter Break Travel Handout to ensure the safety of yourself and our Gaucho community. 

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