Winter Travel Reminders

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December 28th, 2022

Are you planning to travel internationally during the upcoming winter break? Please refer to our current Travel Advisory carefully to ensure you are fully prepared to travel and to return to the United States for spring 2023 semester.

Check your Documents

  • Do you have a valid F-1 or J-1 visa for your return? If you need to renew your visa, please check the wait times at your preferred US Embassy or Consulate to ensure you have enough time to go through the visa process and return in time for the start of the spring semester. More information about visa renewals can be found on our current Travel Advisory.
  • Do you have a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019? A travel signature is generally valid for one year, and can be used for multiple trips abroad. (The signature is valid for six months only for F-1 students on approved F-1 Optional Practical Training.) More information about Travel Signatures can be found on our current Travel Advisory.

COVID Considerations

While international travel has resumed, COVID related travel restrictions and visa processing is still being impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It is imperative that you review the CDC website for US COVID entry requirements as Proof of a US CDC acceptable vaccination is still required for nonimmigrant travel to the US.

It is critical that you monitor the situation and follow our Current Travel Advisory for the latest updates as the situation continues to change without advance warning.

For example: visa processing in China was suspended on 12/15/2022 due to a surge in COVID cases. Visa processing resumed at most posts in China on 1/3/2023. In addition, the USCDC announced that proof of a negative COVID test will be required for all air passengers travelling to the US from China, Hong Kong and Macau with 10 days effective at 12:01am on January 5, 2023. This will also include travelers who have been in China, Hong Kong and Macau who travel through Seoul, Toronto and Vancouver.

It is important that you plan ahead so you can ensure that you can return to campus before the spring semester begins. If you are unable to return on time, you may be required to take a leave of absence for the spring semester.

Please plan in advance the ISSO will be closed during for winter intersession beginning at 12pm Friday, 12/23/2022 until 9am Tuesday, January 3, 2023.