NC State has implemented a COVID-19 testing protocol for the Spring 2021 semester. Effective January 26, 2021, all international travelers will need to get tested no more than 3 days prior to travel by air into the United States and show negative results to the airline before boarding your flight, or in lieu of a negative test result provide proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the form of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or public health official that you were cleared to travel.  

In addition, all arriving international travelers must get tested 3-5 days after travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their quarantine requirement and as of April 27, 2021, international travelers who have been fully vaccinated with a FDA-approved vaccine or a vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) do not need to quarantine after arrival unless their post-travel test is positive (see below).  For other international travelers (unvaccinated or vaccinated with something not approved by the FDA or WHO), you must stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel even if your post-travel test is negative.

If you test positive, you should isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected. In all circumstances, travelers are advised to avoid being around other people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days.  

A helpful FAQ has also been provided by the CDC, in addition to guidance issued by the U.S. Department of State.  OIS is unable to provide additional guidance regarding testing outside of the U.S. or requirements for boarding other than what is mentioned here.

All students and scholars are reminded of the COVID-19 community standards that require compliance with all directions given by university officials and public health authorities.