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. It will be important to keep ISSS updated about any changes to your plans resulting from travel difficulties.

Current Travel Restrictions

The U.S. has issued travel warnings cautioning against travel to countries experiencing high levels of confirmed cases of the virus. Many U.S. airlines have cancelled flights in response to the crisis. The COVID-19 situation is developing and all international travel includes some degree of risk.

Proclamations and Announcements

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.


On July 16, 2020 the U.S. Department of State announced that students traveling from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland with valid F-1 visas are permitted to travel to the U.S. F-1 students are encouraged to review and print the Exceptions for Certain Travelers announcement to include with other required travel documentation.

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.


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.