COVID-19 Updates for International Students

Regional Travel Bans Will Be Replaced with a COVID Vaccination Requirement

President Biden recently issued a Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel during the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic. The proclamation, which will be effective on November 8, 2021, includes these key points:

  • The proclamation revokes the regional travel bans restricting travel from China, India, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.
  • Beginning on November 8, nonimmigrant foreign nationals, such as F and J students and scholars, will need proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days before their flight in order to board a flight to the United States.
  • There are some exceptions to the vaccination requirement. It does not apply to anyone under age 18 or to travelers from countries with limited access to COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders), but all unvaccinated travelers – including U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and nonimmigrants eligible for exceptions to the vaccine requirement will be subject to stricter COVID-19 testing requirements.