Travel

Travel Health Clearances for UCEAP Travel, UCSC Global Seminars, UCSC Global Internships and UCSC Partner Programs

Congratulations on your upcoming journey! Traveling can be an incredible benefit to your education. To stay healthy while traveling, you may need immunizations or medical advice. It is important to be prepared for regional health concerns while traveling.

Know Before You Start

You need to get a health clearance certificate in order to travel through UCEAP, UCSC Partner Programs, UCSC Global Internships and UCSC Global Seminars. 

  • UCEAP: Use the UCSC Student Health Center or your private physician. Some countries require health clearance certificates to come from the Student Health Center. Check with your travel advisor for specifics about your destination country.
  • UCSC Partner Programs, UCSC Global Seminars, and UCSC Global Internships: Use the UCSC Student Health Center only.

Follow the next steps to get this certificate.

Step One: Complete and Submit the Travel Health History Clearance Form

Be open and candid about your health issues. If you don’t provide complete and accurate information, you may not be allowed to travel. 

Log into your Health e-Messenger account

  • First-time users must read and acknowledge the Student Health Center Notice of Privacy Practices.
  • Select Messages, then New Messages, then:
    • UCEAP: Select EAP-Travel Health History Clearance Form
    • UCSC Global Seminars, UCSC Partner Programs, and UCSC Global Internships: Select UCSC Global Seminars & UCSC Global Partner Programs Travel Health History Clearance Form
  • Complete the online form and click Send.

The Student Health Center staff will review your Confidential Health History within 14 days. You will receive a message with further instructions or if there is additional information needed from you.

Seeing a private provider? If you see an outside specialist or primary care provider,  fill out your Confidential Health History Form and take the appropriate clearance form to your provider. Note regarding specialists: If you are seeing a specialist for any new or ongoing medical or psychological conditions, each specialist must approve and sign the health clearance certificate and provide legible contact information.

Here are PDFs of the health clearance forms if you plan on getting cleared by your own doctor.

Step Two: Get Your Health Clearance Certificate paperwork

UCSC Health Information Management will send an electronic copy of your clearance certificate through Health e-Messenger. 

Step Three: Submit your Health Clearance Certificate

Once you receive your completed clearance form, you must do the following no later than 60 days before your departure:

  • UCEAP: Open your UCEAP Portal and view instructions for submitting your Health Clearance Form in the Pre-Departure Requirements section.
  • UCSC Global Seminars, UCSC Partner Programs, and UCSC Global Internships: Once you receive your electronic Health Clearance Certificate from the Student Health Center, please download the document and upload it to the Student Health Clearance Pre-departure module on the Global Learning Portal.

Travel Through Other UCs (Davis Quarter Abroad, Davis Summer Abroad, etc.)

Travel through other UCs also requires health clearance certificates and preparations.

Students traveling through other UC sponsored programs (e.g. UC Davis Summer Abroad) can receive their travel clearances at UCSC Student Health Center. To get started, bring the paperwork required by your program to Health Information Management at the Student Health Center in person. This process can take up to two weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Schedule a Travel Consultation

If you're traveling on your own with or without a UC or UCSC sponsored group, you can book a travel consultation with the Student Health Center. These appointments inform you of the required and recommended immunizations for your trip, and give prevention tips for common illnesses experienced by travelers.

If you would like a travel visit, please call (831) 459-2500 to schedule an appointment with a nurse as soon as possible. Immunization series may take several weeks to complete, please plan accordingly.

You may use your private insurance to receive recommended travel vaccines if you do not have UC SHIP.

Make an appointment for a travel consult as soon as you know you are going abroad/away. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: Is there a fee for the health clearance certificate process? 

A: You will be charged a $25 health fee to your university account (not covered by UC SHIP).

Q: Where do I find the online travel course required for my program?

A: Visit UCEAP Health and Safety course.

 More information on Country specific guidelines