Travel, I-20, and F-1 Visa During COVID-19

This page was last updated on April 7, 2021.

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Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 (January 28, 2021)

In general, the COVID-19 entry restrictions below prevent travelers from entering the U.S. if they were physically present in a listed country or region at any time during the 14 days before coming to the U.S. Note that this may include individuals with layovers or connecting flights through these areas. Exceptions may apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and others. 

If your itinerary includes connecting flights or layovers through restricted countries, you must determine if you will be subject to entry/exit restrictions at any of your layover stops. Check with your airline, the airport(s) you are traveling through, and the COVID-19 Country Specific Information page

Travel from Brazil, China, Iran, and South Africa to the U.S.

  • Travel directly to the U.S. from Brazil, China, Iran, and South Africa is restricted, as per the January 26, 2021, Presidential Proclamation.
  • You may not fly directly to the U.S. from any of these countries. F-1 students who wish to enter the U.S. from these countries must first travel to a non-restricted country (such as Mexico or Canada) and quarantine for 14 days before entering the U.S.
  • If your itinerary includes travel through one of these countries, you must confirm whether an individual country’s entry/exit restrictions apply to you by checking with your airline, the airport(s) you are traveling through, and the COVID-19 Country Specific Information page.  

Travel from the Schengen Area, the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland to the U.S.

  • While travel restrictions exist for travelers from the Schengen Area,*  the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland, F-1 visa holders are exempt from those restrictions.
  • The U.S. Department of State has confirmed that the October 1, 2020, Presidential Proclamation permitting F-1 visa holders to enter the U.S. from these areas remains in place and will continue.
  • If your itinerary includes travel through the Schengen Area, the U.K., or Ireland, you must confirm whether that individual country’s entry/exit restrictions apply to you. Check with your airline, the airport(s) you are traveling through, and the COVID-19 Country Specific Information page.

Travel from or Through Non-Restricted Countries to the U.S.

  • Travelers flying directly to the U.S. from a non-restricted country (all countries other than those listed above) may enter the U.S. with proof of a negative COVID-19 test, as explained below.
  • If your itinerary includes travel through one of the countries listed above, you must confirm whether an individual country’s entry/exit restrictions apply to you by checking with your airline, the airport(s) you are traveling through, and the COVID-19 Country Specific Information page.

COVID-19 Testing Requirement

  • Beginning January 26, everyone traveling into the U.S. is required to present documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding their flight.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FAQ page includes information about testing requirements for travelers who have a layover before entering the U.S. 

 

*There are 26 countries in the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. 

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Before You Travel

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I-20, Travel Signature, and F-1 Visa During COVID-19

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Delayed Arrival to Berklee

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The information in this section has not changed due to COVID-19.

Note: The information below applies to continuing students. The Undergraduate Admissions page has information for accepted and entering international students.

I-20 and Travel Signature

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Travel to and Within the U.S. (Including Puerto Rico)

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