Travel Warnings and Updates

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Restrictions

We understand that the current environment can make travel challenging and unpredictable. Please continue to closely monitor travel guidelines for departing your country of residence and travel warnings and restrictions for entering the US.

 


Effective November 8, 2021, all nonimmigrant air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Guidance can be reviewed from three U.S. government agencies:

Requirement 1: COVID-19 Vaccination Status

The Center for Disease Control defines full vaccination. Vaccines must be either:

  1. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved or authorized:
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Janssen/J&J
  1. World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use listed (EUL) vaccines:
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • BIBP/Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

You are considered fully vaccinated if one of the following timing criteria is met:

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after an accepted single-dose COVID-19 vaccine
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart*

Accepted Documentation

The U.S. Department of State says that proof of vaccination should be a paper or digital record issued by an official source and should include the traveler’s full name and date of birth, matching information on the passport, as well as the vaccine product and date(s) of administration for all doses the traveler received.

Please review additional details on acceptable proof of COVID-19 Vaccination from the Center for Disease Control.

Frequently Asked Question: Does my proof of vaccination need to be in English?

Airlines and other aircraft operators must be able to confirm proof of vaccination and review other required information and should determine when translation is necessary for these purposes. If your documents are in a language other than English, you should check with your airline or aircraft operator before travel.

Limited Exceptions

The most common exceptions to the vaccine requirement that may apply to F-1 or J-1 students studying in the U.S., as well as J-1 scholars, include:

  1. Those from a country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability. The Center for Disease Control will update this list every 90 days.
  2. Children under age 18
  3. People who are medically unable to receive the vaccine

The CDC states if that if a traveler qualifies for an exception and intends to remain in the U.S. for longer than 60 days, they may additionally be required to attest that:

  • They agree to be vaccinated against COVID-19; and
  • They have arranged to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within 60 days of arriving in the United States, or as soon thereafter as is medically appropriate, unless (for children) you are too young to be vaccinated.

Requirement 2: COVID-19 Test

All air travelers are required to show documentation of a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than one day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight.

  • Fully vaccinated air travelers are required to show documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within three days of travel to the United States before boarding.
  • Unvaccinated travelers – see limited exceptions above-- will need to show documentation of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of travel to the United States.

Review more information on this requirement and test types accepted from the Center for Disease Control.

Land Entry to U.S.

Land border restrictions for travel to the United States remain in effect through January 21, 2022 and may be extended. Starting on November 8, fully vaccinated foreign travelers with appropriate vaccine-related documentation will be able to travel to the United States across the borders with Canada and Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be providing further details on what will be required of travelers in the coming days. Review current guidance from the U.S. embassies:

Other Restrictions

  • On May 29, 2020, a proclamation suspending entry of certain students and researchers from China was announced. However, the new proclamation does not restrict entry of undergraduate students. Likewise, graduate students and researchers are generally exempt unless they have current or past links to "an entity in the PRC that implements or supports the PRC’s 'military-civil fusion strategy'." The entity list is not available but general guidance indicates that impact should be limited.