Travel Warnings and Updates

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Restrictions

We understand that the current environment can make travel challenging and unpredictable. As a result, we recommend that you continue to closely monitor travel guidelines for departing your country of residence and travel warnings and restrictions for entering the US.

Proclamations and Announcements

Effective May 4, 2021: A presidential proclamation was issued suspending entry to the U.S. for all nonimmigrants physically present in India within the 14 days preceding their attempted entry.

The U.S. Department of State confirmed that the National Interest Exception (NIE) announced April 26, 2021 will also apply to F-1 students traveling from India. ISSS encourages students from India to review and print the updated U.S. Department of State confirmation.


Effective April 26, 2021: The U.S. Department of State announced that students traveling from China, Iran, Brazil, and South Africa with valid F-1 visas are permitted to travel to the U.S. through a National Interest Exception (NIE). Students with valid F-1 visas intending to begin or continue an academic program commencing August 1, 2021 or later do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual NIE to travel. The U.S. Department of State has said that active F-1 students may enter the United States no earlier than July 2, 2021. Students seeking to apply for new F-1 visas should check the status of visa services at the nearest embassy or consulate; those applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified for an F-1 visa will automatically be considered for an NIE to travel.

F-1 students are encouraged to review and print the National Interest Exception announcement to include with other required travel documentation. Miami University’s fall semester begins on August 23, 2021. New and continuing students should ensure that direct travel to the U.S. meets the timing requirements stated in this announcement.

Students with J-1 visas may request a National Interest Exception (NIE) waiver from your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. To do so, you must send the information below along with supporting documentation. You will be notified by e-mail if you meet the NIE requirements. Print out that e-mail as confirmation of your excepted status to include with your other traveling documents.

  • Name As It Appears On Passport
  • Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY):
  • Passport #:
  • Passport Date of Issuance:
  • Reason For Travel:
  • Proposed Itinerary:
  • E-mail:
  • Phone #:

While no specific documentation is listed, ISSS suggests you include your passport, visa, DS-2019, and proof of admission or enrollment in the documentation that you send.

A National Interest Exception was already in place for students traveling from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland as of July 2020. The updated National Interest Exception states that continuing active F-1 students traveling from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland are not be subject to 30 day entry requirement before the start of their academic studies.


Effective January 30, 2021: A presidential proclamation was issued suspending entry to the U.S. for all nonimmigrants physically present in South Africa within the 14 days preceding their attempted entry.


Effective January 26, 2021: The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) requires that all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from abroad complete COVID-19 testing no more than three days before flight departure and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 before boarding the flight. Review details about the requirement for proof of a negative COVID-19 test for all air passengers arriving in the U.S.


Effective May 26, 2020: Another presidential proclamation was issued suspending entry to the U.S. for all nonimmigrants physically present in Brazil within the 14 days preceding their attempted entry.


Effective March 20, 2020: All non-essential travel was restricted along the United States and Canadian border (land ports of entry). However, essential travel is defined to include traveling to attend educational institutions. For more information, please see the Federal Register. Restrictions were expanded to include the United States and Mexican border as well.


Effective March 18, 2020: The U.S. Department of State announced that all routine visa services, including nonimmigrant visa appointments, have been suspended worldwide. At this time, it is unclear when services will resume. Review the announcement and check country specific information.


Effective March 16, 2020: Nonimmigrants physically present in the United Kingdom and Ireland within the previous 14 days period before attempted entry are also restricted from entering the U.S. 


Effective March 13, 2020: A third presidential proclamation was issued suspending entry to the U.S. for all nonimmigrants physically present in Europe (in countries that participate in the Schengen agreement) within the 14 days preceding their attempted entry. The European Schengen area includes: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.


Effective March 2, 2020: Another presidential proclamation was issued suspending entry to the U.S. for all nonimmigrants physically present in Iran within the 14 days preceding their attempted entry.


Effective February 2, 2020: Due to concerns regarding coronavirus transmission, a presidential proclamation has been issued suspending entry to the U.S. for all nonimmigrants, including F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors, who were physically present in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the 14 days preceding their attempted entry.

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.