The Presidential Proclamation on suspension of entry provided National Interest Exemptions (NIE) for “Students with valid F-1 and M-1 visas intending to begin or continue an academic program commencing August 1, 2021 or later do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual NIE to travel. They may enter the United States no earlier than 30 days before the start of their academic studies."
Quarantine Requirements Before and After Arriving in the U.S.
On January 12, 2021, CDC announced an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. For more information, go to the CDC's COVID-19 traveler website.
Quarantine Requirements upon Arriving in Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County requires all travelers (both domestic and international) coming from abroad to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Those who have been vaccinated do not need to quarantine. For more details, please visit the Los Angeles County Public Health Travel Advisory.
You are responsible for arranging a location to quarantine.
I already traveled outside the U.S. and will be returning to the U.S. to continue my studies. What do I need to return to the U.S.?
- Your current I-20 must have a valid travel signature to re-enter the U.S.
- You must also have a valid passport for at least 6 months beyond the date of the re-entry
- Your F-1 student visa in passport must be valid (except students from Canada)
Can I travel abroad during the semester?
Yes, but If you are planning to travel outside of the U.S., you must stay informed about current global travel warnings, vaccination requirements and delays affecting travelers all over the world. Be sure to obtain a travel signature from your advisor so that you are able to return to the U.S.