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The CDC has mandated that as Of January 26, 2021 all air travelers must test negative for COVID-19 prior to entering the U.S.

On January 12, the CDC Director signed an order expanding the requirement to test negative for all air travelers, prior to entering the U.S. To read about the testing requirement, please refer to the CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering U.S. announcement.

Report your travel to International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO)

All students that are travelling must complete the COVID-19 Travel e-form. Students will also have the option of requesting an updated travel authorized I-20.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

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 U.S. 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.

Traveling Within U.S. Only

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.

Traveling Within U.S. Territories

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.