Travel Alerts

Know how changes in the immigration environment may affect you if you’re traveling.

Latest Updates

On October 25th, President Biden issued a new Presidential Proclamation that revoked the regional COVID-19 travel restrictions. In addition to the presidential proclamation a CDC order was issued which indicates that all travelers to the U.S. will be required to be fully vaccinated with an approved U.S. FDA or WHO vaccine unless eligible for one of the few exceptions

The government discontinued use of the National Interest Exception (NIE) waiver on November 7, 2021. The new presidential proclamation took effect on November 8, 2021 and applies to all nonimmigratns with an F or J visa.

Testing and Quarantine Requirements

Before Traveling

Effective Novebmer 8, 2021: all travelers aged 2 years or older are required to travel with proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test result regardless of vaccination status. 

  • Fully vaccinated: must receive a negative COVID-19 viral test no more than 3 days prior to departure to the U.S
  • Not fully vaccinated: must receive a negative result no more than 1 day prior to travel.
Additional information on testing requirements and determining if you are fully vaccined according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines is available on the CDC Testing for International Travelers webpage.

After Arriving in the US

Quarantine requirements can change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. You can read about current testing recommendations on the After International Travel CDC webpage.

Latest updates on UB specific information is available on the UB Coronavirus page.

Travel to Canada

Effective November 8 2021: Fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico will be permitted to enter the U.S. at land borders and ferry crossings. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reminds these travelers to be prepared to:

  • Provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination, as outlined on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website; and 
  • Verbally attest to their reason for travel and COVID-19 vaccination status during a border inspection.

>Canadian Government COVID Travel Restrictions

>U.S. Department of State COVID Travel Restrictions (Air travel & travel by land)

COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions

Detailed information on the travel restrictions related to COVID-19 can be found on NAFSA's Coronavirus Critial Resource page.

Before planning any travel, please review the U.S. State Department Travel Advisories and the ISS COVID-19 FAQs page. Be sure to also read the CDC Domestic Travel warnings.

The University at Buffalo and International Student Services welcome and support all members of our international community. We will continue to advocate for policies that do not diminish the quality of our academic community, and will work to ensure that educational opportunities are available for all students regardless of nationality.