International Students – COVID testing and travel

Students are advised that beginning next week (12:01 am EST on December 6, 2021), the U.S. will be requiring valid negative COVID-19 testing within 24 hours prior to boarding a flight to the U.S.

Similarly, other international flights and entry regulations may be placed in effect for pre-boarding testing.

Here is information that may be helpful to you.

Student Health Testing

USC Student Health ongoing surveillance testing is available during regular Pop Testing hours; return of results is typically within 24 hours, however, this is not guaranteed as the timing depends on testing volume and laboratory capacity. Testing does not take place on Sundays or major holidays (Dec 24 & 25, Dec 31 & Jan 1). Documentation: Medical stamps, passport #, and CLIA lab certification may be added to your documentation if required. To contact the Health Information Management team in Student Health for this request, send an email to with the subject line “Testing Documentation for Travel,” and include your name and USC ID #.

Travel Testing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Pre-travel testing is available (fee-based) at LAX, with results that can return within hours. Information is at the following link:

All travelers are advised to check with airlines and destination countries for requirements on testing, documentation, quarantine, and return flight re-entry requirements, which may change as new information on COVID-19 variants become available.