Travel Restriction Updates from the U.S. Government

VISA PROCESSING UPDATES

The U.S. Department of State announced on July 14th a phased resumption of routine visa services “on a post-by-post basis” after services had been suspended since March. Please contact your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for updates on their reopening. An unexpired visa is always required to enter the U.S. as an F or J nonimmigrant with the exception of citizens of Canada or Bermuda, and circumstances where automatic visa revalidation applies.

TRAVEL BAN 4.0

A Presidential Proclamation expanded the Trump Administration’s current travel ban on January 31st. Travel Ban 4.0 will become effective on February 21, 2020, and is expanded to include visa and entry restrictions on immigrant visa holders from six additional countries including Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Myanmar, Sudan, and Tanzania. Please note, this does not apply to nonimmigrant F, J, or H-1B visa holders. Travel Ban 3.0 is still in effect for certain citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. Note that the restrictions in both Travel Ban 3.0 and 4.0 are country-specific. A detailed summary of both travel bans is available through the Association of International Educators.

As always, international students and scholars are encouraged to consult with OIS before traveling internationally and applying for a new visa.

COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

The following are public health travel restrictions based on the origin of travel, not the nationality of the traveler. Students and scholars with valid, multiple-entry visas, regardless of country of citizenship, may still be able to travel internationally, though as with any international travel, we recommend consulting with OIS prior to departure. F and J visa holders are restricted from entering the U.S. if they have traveled from or through Brazil, China, or Iran in the past 14 days. For those travelling from or through the Schengen Area, the UK or Ireland, please see updates below about an exception. Details on each of the travel restrictions follows: