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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, maybe 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:

The University of Hawaii Community Colleges are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students. We are following the guidance of President Lassner and Governor Ige by moving classes to remote delivery as much as possible.

In an effort to provide students the opportunity to complete their classes to allow for graduation, progress toward their degrees, and/or certification, some of the community college courses will continue to meet in person, for part of or all of a class, due to program accreditation requirements and specialized equipment needs. These decisions were made after much consideration and appropriate steps will be taken to keep our faculty, staff, and students safe. This will allow some students to earn their degrees and be qualified to serve as essential workers, such as in health care.

Social distancing protocols and enhanced disinfecting procedures will be implemented. If a student does not want to continue to attend in person classes, they should notify their instructor and arrange for accommodations and/or request an ”incomplete” for the class.  

We are continuously evaluating these decisions, and students should communicate with their instructors regarding any changes.

If you think you may have been infected with novel coronavirus, please call the Department of Health reporting line at 808-586-4586