Travel Considerations

Travel Considerations for International Students

International travel is currently extremely challenging and carries significant risk. ISSO's best advice is not to travel outside the U.S. unless it is absolutely necessary.

Students are advised to review travel and visa restrictions and check with their airline to determine whether travel will be permitted or not. If you are currently outside of the U.S. or plan to travel outside of the U.S. over winter break, we recommend that you continue to monitor the travel updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It is impossible to predict whether further travel restrictions will be put in place by the U.S. government for travelers returning from abroad or if restrictions will be placed on international travel to the U.S. By the U.S. government or your home country government due to the situation in the U.S. or in your home country. 

The main question to ask yourself is: is your travel essential and worth the risk of issues with travel and re-entry to the U.S.? If you decide your travel is essential and worth the risk, please see below for items to consider: 

  • Obtain a recent travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019. You will need this to re-enter the U.S. 
  • If your visa is expired, you will need to obtain a new visa to return to the United States. You will want to contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan on obtaining your visa from to find out interview availability. You can find an U.S. Embassy or Consulate here.  
  • Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the U.S. If the country you will be traveling from is on this list, you will need to quarantine for 2 weeks in a country that is not on this list before entry into the United States. Plan accordingly to arrive no later than January 25, 2021 for the Spring 2021 semester.
  • You can find information regarding the documents you will need to have upon entry here.

Important Links to Review Before you Travel