Updates on International Travel

Posted on: November 1, 2021

Whether you are traveling internationally over Winter Break or entering the U.S. for the first time for spring classes, you review this information carefully as you prepare to travel to the U.S. During the pandemic, travelers regrettably faced unexpected disruptions when changes came with short notice, and we hope that such disruptions will not occur during the break.

Resources include airline carriers and the CDC’s website for Air Travel To and From the United States. We will share updates here and in the ISSS Weekly Update

Questions? Students entering the U.S. for the first time should email [email protected], and continuing students can contact an ISSS adviser.

Recent Updates

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    Revoked: Travel Entry Restrictions for Eight Locations in Southern Africa

    On Dec. 28, 2021, the U.S. government revoked a Presidential Proclamation that restricted entry for immigrants and non-immigrants who were present in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe in the 14 days prior to their travel to the U.S.



    COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Air Travel Updated

    The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) changed entry requirements by air to the U.S. Effective today (December 6), all air travelers to the U.S. must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States. This requirement applies to all travelers regardless of vaccination status. 

    Proof of COVID Vaccination Required for Air Travel

    All non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers (including international students and scholars) boarding flights to the United States are required to provide proof of 1) being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 2) a negative COVID-19 test result (review the CDC's website for more information). There are very limited exceptions to this vaccination requirement such as the exemption for students who are citizens of countries with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability (qualifying students should review the CDC’s information for additional directions).

    To be accepted, vaccines must have been approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or listed for Emergency Use by World Health Organization.

    Important: You should keep your proof of vaccination and test results with your passport when flying. In addition to showing it before getting on the plane, you will need to show it when you enter the U.S.


    If you have questions about your situation, we encourage you to review the CDC's website where you can answer questions to "find out if you can board a flight to the United States". You can also review any of the following information: