December 2022 Travel Guidance for International Students and Scholars

Before you travel abroad:

  • Confirm that you meet the entry requirements for your travel destination(s), and for all flight transfer locations, which may include showing proof of a specific type of negative COVID-19 test, showing proof of being fully vaccinated, etc. Check embassy or consulate websites of your destination(s) for updated information, and be aware that entry requirements can change with little notice.
  • If your travel destination(s) require evidence of COVID-19 testing, identify suitable COVID-19 test sites before travel.
    • Schedule COVID-19 testing that meets the timetable and testing type requirement of your destination.
    • Consider the time a testing site is open (including holidays and weekends), as well as the timeframe to receive your test results.
    • The University Health Service COVID-19 Testing for International Travelers webpage may be helpful in locating suitable testing sites/
  • Confirm that you have the documents needed for re-entry to the United States. Request an I-20 or DS-2019 travel signature from the International Center if your current travel signature will be more than one year old when you re-enter the U.S. For OPT students, the travel signature should be no more than 6 months old.


As you prepare to return to the U.S.: