Know how changes in the immigration environment may affect you if you’re traveling.
Several COVID-19-related proclamations limit entry to the United States by individuals who were physically present in a covered country during the 14-day period prior to their planned entry or attempted entry to the United States.
For additional information see NAFSA COVID-19 Restrictions on U.S. Visas and Entry page for an overview of each of these restrictions.
TRAVEL TO CANADA:
COVID travel restrictions are still in place at the U.S./Canadian land border. We strongly recommend that you review these resources to determine if your proposed trip is permitted under current COVID travel restrictions. Restrictions vary depending on the way in which you are arriving/departing Canada and the U.S. (land arrival vs. arrival by airplane).
Effective in November 2021, fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico will be permitted to enter the U.S. at land borders and ferry crossings. Specific details, including the official start date, have not yet been announced. Until November the above-mentioned restrictions are still in place.
The US Department of State updated its National Interest Exception (NIE) page to expand waivers to some people (including F-1 international students) impacted by the travel restrictions. NIE waivers are now possible for all countries covered by a geographic COVID-19 entry ban. Key eligibilities include:
Detailed information on the travel restrictions related to COVID-19 can be found on NAFSA's Coronavirus Critial Resource page.
Latest updates on UB specific information is available on the UB Coronavirus page.
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.