Prior to travelling, please be aware of local, state and international guidelines, protocols and travel restrictions. If you are travelling internationally, be sure to check your Embassy or Consulate website for up to date travel information and restrictions. If you are travelling within the U.S., be sure to review the website of the state you are travelling to.
There are ongoing travel restrictions impacting entry to the US. While your Embassy or Consulate website is a great place to review this information, NAFSA has also prepared a comprehensive list of travel restrictions on their website: COVID-19 Restrictions on US Visas and Entry.
The State of Massachusetts instituted a Travel Order effective August 1, 2020 to all those travelling to or returning to Massachusetts, unless specifically exempt. Failure to comply could amount to a $500 per day fine. For additional details, please review the Massachusetts Travel Order page.
If you are traveling within the United States only, make sure to carry your original passport and visa document (i.e. Form I-20, Form DS-2019, Form I-797, Employment Authorization Card, etc.). If you are traveling far away from home or by bus, train, airplane. For local travel/close to home, simply carry PDF copies of above documentation on your cell phone.
Visiting Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or the Northern Mariana Islands: no valid visa is needed. You will need to bring your Form I-20 and an unexpired Form I-94, passport and visa. For information pertaining to traveling outside of the U.S., please select the most appropriate category below.