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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.

Resources

International Travel Websites for Current Information

Announcing Additions to the National Interest Exceptions:  Travel in the national interest of the United States includes travel on a temporary basis that provides a substantial benefit to the U.S. economy including certain categories of students, academics,  as well as certain business travelersinvestorstreaty traders.  

STUDENTS – F1, M1 and their dependents 

  • Must have a valid I-20 
  • College or university must offer in-person classes 
  • Colleges or universities that move to online only classes are not included 
  • SEVIS fee paid 
  • Students will need to self-quarantine subject to local requirements 
  • If you currently have a valid F1/F2 visa and a valid I-20, you may travel to the U.S. and apply for admission.  You do not need to reapply. 
  • You will need the new I-20 issued in July and the signed letter from the college stating you are enrolled in in-person classes as well as your passport.

Beginning September 14, 2020, the USG will remove requirements for directing all flights carrying airline passengers arriving from, or recently had a presence in, certain countries to land at one of 15 designated airports and halt enhanced entry health screening for these passengers. Currently, enhanced entry health screening is conducted for those arriving from, or with recent presence in, China (excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, the Schengen region of Europe, the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), Ireland, and Brazil.

We now have a better understanding of COVID-19 transmission that indicates symptom-based screening has limited effectiveness because people with COVID-19 may have no symptoms or fever at the time of screening, or only mild symptoms. Transmission of the virus may occur from passengers who have no symptoms or who have not yet developed symptoms of infection. Therefore, CDC is shifting its strategy and prioritizing other public health measures to reduce the risk of travel-related disease transmission.

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." While students can go through the border, tourism is not permitted. This was extended again until October 21, and Canada officials say will likely extend until some time next year.

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At this time, anyone returning from international travel is required to do the following according to the CDC. Quarantine in no longer required except by certain states and territories.

  1. When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
  2. Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home.
  3. Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  4. Watch your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick.
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