Updated 08/01/2020 12:11 PM
In addition to the information provided earlier for all travelers, you should be aware of the following:
On July 16, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs announced that individuals traveling to the U.S. from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland in certain visa statuses may enter the U.S. The “National Interest Exceptions” allows certain individuals to “apply for an exemption from the travel restrictions imposed by the Presidential Proclamations 9993 (Countries that comprise the Schengen), and 9996 (The Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom).”
The U.S. Department of State provides the following information to travelers attempting to depart for the U.S. from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland:
- Students who possess a valid F-1 visa and valid I-20 can travel effective immediately without any additional steps.
- Students who are traveling on a valid J-1 visa may contact their nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to request an exemption from the travel restriction. Please review the guidance on the website of your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. (For example, the U.S. Embassy in Madrid provides this guidance on J-1 travel in their FAQs: https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-related-faq/)
- Students who are already in the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland are not required to quarantine prior to departing for the U.S.
- Students who travel to the U.S. from other prohibited entry countries – Brazil, China and Iran – via the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland, must stay outside their departure country for 14 days prior to traveling to the U.S. They must also adhere to the COVID-19 regulations of the countries of the transit for the entire 14-day period.