F-1 & J-1 Travel

COVID Travel Advisories & Restrictions

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL NOT ADVISED: In light of the uncertainty of the global travel situation due to the emergence of the new Omicron variant, ISS does not currently recommend travel outside the U.S.

Travel restrictions, mandatory quarantines, COVID testing requirements and closed borders are possible during the COVID emergency. Travel at this time is risky.  The U.S. Embassies and Consulates in some countries have also not yet resumed routine visa processing. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite amount of time. Please review our travel alerts page, and be prepared for disruption in travel plans. 

DHS requires Non-U.S. travelers entering the U.S. at land ports of entry to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19- effective January 22, 2022.

  • Non-U.S. individuals traveling to the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals, whether for essential or non-essential reasons, must:
    • verbally attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status;
    • provide proof of a CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccination, as outlined on the CDC website;
    • present a valid Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document, such as a valid passport, Trusted Traveler Program card, or Enhanced Tribal Card; and,
    • be prepared to present any other relevant documents requested by a U.S. CBP officer during a border inspection.

>View the latest CDC Travel Advisories

>View ISS Travel Alerts for current list of impacted countries

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