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International Student Travel during COVID-19: Resources

Information for students traveling internationally to or from the U.S. during the current crisis.


International Travel Websites for Current Information

"Due to COVID-19, SEVP instituted a temporary exemption regarding online courses for the spring and summer semesters. This policy permitted nonimmigrant students to take more online courses than normally permitted by federal regulation to maintain their nonimmigrant status during the COVID-19 emergency." This exemption is being revised for fall semester so only F-1 students taking in person classes will be permitted to enter/remain in the U.S. See the link below for the news release.

Nationals, including students, from the following countries are restricted from entering the U.S. until further notice:

  • China
  • Iran
  • European Schengen Area: 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, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City
  • United Kingdom
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Brazil


According to U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico Border Notices, the Canada and Mexico land port (car, commuter rail, or ferry) of entry permits as coming for essential travel "Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions." Note that this does not apply to flights. You will be asked to quarantine once you are in the U.S. 

For more information, go to 

At this time, anyone returning from international travel is require to self-quarantine for 14 days. According to the CDC and Homeland Security, the following steps should be taken.

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing. 
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school.
  3. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.
  4. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
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