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With the fall semester coming to a close and many students wishing to travel home during the semester break, the International Students and Scholars Center wants to share some important travel information with you.   

If you plan to travel during the semester break, please make sure to submit your travel signature request to the ISSC early to avoid any delays. Please note that you do not need a travel signature to depart the U.S., only to re-enter. 

Before making travel arrangements, we also encourage you to contact your airline for any updates to travel restrictions. 

Do I need a travel signature?

If you plan to travel out of the country, please remember to check page two of your I‐20 or page one of your DS‐2019 for a valid travel signature. Travel signatures are required for current students to re-enter the U.S., and remain valid for one year from the date last signed. For students on OPT, signatures are only valid for six months from the date last signed. 

What are the documents I need to re-enter the U.S.?

When traveling within or outside the U.S., you will need certain documents to re-enter the country and should carry identifying documents with you.

See the travel advisory 


As a reminder, all travelers entering the U.S. must be fully vaccinated in order to be allowed entry into the U.S. Any ASU student not yet vaccinated can receive vaccines for free on campus at any ASU Health Services location. ASU Health Services has locations on all four campuses, and you may make an appointment through the patient health portal or walk in.

Additionally, as of June 12, 2022, the CDC no longer requires air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the U.S. to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight.

How can I get a travel signature?

You can submit a travel signature request for your I-20 or DS-2019 document using the MyISSC eForm Portal. Processing time can take up to 10 business days.

We wish you safe travels and look forward to seeing you return to campus for the spring 2023 semester, which begins on Jan. 9, 2023.