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A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On October 25, President Biden announced a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”  This proclamation, which takes effect at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on November 8, 2021, will end the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.  In place of these restrictions, the President announced a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national travelers.   This proclamation applies to persons aboard a flight scheduled to arrive in the United States that departs after 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on November 8, 2021.

Beginning Monday, November 8th, international students & scholars, and their dependents (requirement for all non-US citizens) who are seeking to enter the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States from a foreign country.  If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will NOT be allowed to board a flight to the United States, unless you meet the criteria for an exception under the Presidential Proclamation issued on October 25, 2021, and the CDC’s Order issued the same day. 

ISSS highly recommends, that BEFORE you travel, you review the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers. There are frequently asked questions and answers, and a description of who meets the fully vaccinated status on the CDC website. Additional questions you may have should be asked directly to your airlines. Please note that ISSS staff are not medical professionals, and are NOT able to give advice on if you are considered fully vaccinated. The CDC resources online, and your airlines will be able to answer your specific questions.

In addition:

If you choose to travel and re-enter to U.S., ISSS recommends that you travel with:

  • Your most recent I-20 that includes a travel signature signed no more than 1 year ago (6 months for OPT/STEM OPT) from your re-entry date to the U.S.
  • If you are using an electronic copy of your I-20 that one of our advisors digitally signed in UAtlas, then you will need to print your I-20 to use for travel. Complete the ‘Student Attestation” section of the I-20 for it to be valid.
  • We recommend that you also print this guidance, which indicates on page 5 that DSOs are allowed to digitally sign and send copies of the I-20. Please keep in mind: when you re-enter the U.S., the border agent at the port of entry will expect to see a printed I-20, and you should not show them the PDF version of your I-20 on your phone nor any other electronic device.
  • If you are issued an I-515A upon your re-entry and would like help with submitting the follow up documentation to CBP or have any questions upon your return, please contact ISSS.
  • You will also need to ensure you have a valid U.S. visa, and passport.
  • For students currently on OPT or STEM OPT, we also recommend the additional documents:
    • EAD card
    • An offer letter or other letter from your employer confirming your employment (if applicable)
    • Ensure employment is updated in the SEVP Portal and appears on your most recent I-20
    • Please see our Travel Guidance for more details.

As a reminder, travel signatures are valid for 1 year for enrolled students, and 6 months for those on OPT.

Any travel you choose to do during this time is at your own risk.

If you have further travel related questions, or questions in regards to the Spring 2022 semester, please refer to our “Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19” webpage.

COVID-19 vaccine, and testing information can be found on the Campus COVID-19 Response webpage. We recommend to also use this webpage as a resource for questions you may have.

The ISSS main office in the Union room 410 is currently open Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM; however, all appointments are still being conducted virtually. You may schedule a virtual Zoom or phone appointment with an international student advisor by calling our office at 801-581-8876, or emailing us at appointment@utah.edu Our office is limiting the number of visitors to our office to three persons at a time-please expect possible delays when visiting in-person.

Last Updated: 11/1/21