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Required COVID-19 Testing

As part of our institutional efforts to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our campus community, UC San Diego is moving to a weekly testing requirement for all academics and staff who work on-site at any physical UC San Diego location. Required testing is offered through UC San Diego Health at no cost to employees. 

  • If you currently visit campus at least once per week, you will be required to get tested every seven days. You will use the self-administered testing process. Visit the Return to Learn Employee Testing page to learn more about how to complete the weekly testing requirement by taking a self-administered test. 
  • If you visit campus less frequently than once per week, make an appointment to get tested no more than seven days before your visit to campus. If you are unable to schedule a test in advance of your visit, please schedule within 7 days following your visit to campus. The testing appointment can happen on the same day as your visit, but testing availability varies and same-day appointments are not guaranteed, so please plan ahead.
  • If you are working remotely, you are not required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing, but are strongly encouraged to also test weekly and take advantage of the voluntary, no cost asymptomatic COVID-19 testing available through UC San Diego Health.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing for employees »

Required testing for employees is an important component of our work to identify COVID-19 cases with mild or no symptoms in our community and prevent the transmission of the virus. Learn more about testing and screening as part of UC San Diego’s Return to Learn program »

More information about required COVID-19 testing for UC San Diego employees can be found in the FAQs below. If you have additional questions about required employee testing after reviewing the FAQs, please contact your department Human Resources representative or email

Please note: the information on this page related to testing pertains to UC San Diego campus employees. Health Sciences and Health System employees should contact Health Human Resources for guidance and information.