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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

Beginning November 8, 2021, the following requirements must be met to enter the U.S. if you are a non-citizen.

  1. Get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. You are fully vaccinated 2 weeks after one dose of the Janssen/J&J vaccine or after getting your second dose for all other accepted vaccines. 
  2. Get tested with a PCR or Rapid Antigen viral test 1 day before you travel. Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel (updated 12/3/2021; new rule to go into effect on 12/6/2021).
    • Don’t travel if you test positive; immediately isolate yourself, and follow public health recommendations
  3. All air passengers over the age of 2 years coming to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and have a negative COVID-19 test result or "documentation of recovery" from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States (with some exceptions).
  4. What if I recently recovered from COVID-19?

    CDC does not recommend getting tested again in the three months after a positive viral test, as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have had a positive viral test in the past 3 months, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”

  5. With limited exceptions, travelers must wear a face mask while physically present at a U.S. air, land, or sea port of entry. CBP Officers will require travelers to temporarily lower their mask during the inspection process to verify their identity.

    The mask requirement does not apply to persons with disabilities who cannot wear, or cannot safely wear, a mask due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  6. All air passengers to the United States will also be required to provide contact information to airlines before boarding flights to the United States. (Updated 8 Nov 2021)

Restrictions for Entering the U.S.

According to the CDC: 

  • All air passengers to the United States will also be required to provide contact information to airlines before boarding flights to the United States. (Updated 8 Nov 2021)

  • Starting December 6, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.


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 21 January 2022.

However, "In alignment with the new international air travel system that will be implemented in November, we will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, including to visit friends and family or for tourism, via land and ferry border crossings," said Secretary Mayorkas.

For more information, see the link below.