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Regardless of whether you are traveling in the U.S. or outside the U.S., we recommend taking the necessary precautions to keep yourself healthy during this time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals do the following:
It is important for travelers to consider not only the potential exposure to the virus from traveling, but also the possibility of being stranded abroad due to a suspension of airline services and other modes of transportation.
Please continue to watch the CDC’s travel recommendations. Currently, the CDC is advising travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to China, South Korea, Italy and Iran. Because this situation is likely to continue to rapidly change in the weeks ahead, we encourage you to check the U.S. Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization websites to find updated guidance for your destination as well as for those countries you may plan to travel through. If you plan to travel internationally, please be sure you have completed the necessary steps to allow yourself to be granted entry to the U.S. upon your return.
You can travel inside or outside of the U.S. while you are studying or working. However, you need to ensure that you follow certain regulations to travel safely, and plan ahead to avoid any delays.
When you travel within the U.S. to any of the 50 states (including Alaska and Hawaii) or to the U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa), be prepared to take the following documents with you:
As you prepare to arrive at the U.S. Port of Entry, please be prepared to answer the following questions and present the following documents to the Port of Entry Officer.
Note: You will not be required to provide any of your passwords.
If you plan to travel to a country other than your own, you should contact the consulate of that country to find out if you need a visa to enter that country.
The automatic visa revalidation process re-validates that you are eligible to enter to the U.S. for a single trip. It is not considered a new admission to the U.S. nor a renewal of a visa.
If you plan to travel to Mexico, Canada and neighboring islands/U.S. territories with an expired F or J visa, you may be allowed to enter the U.S. using the automatic visa revalidation process under the following conditions if you(r):
If you are completing Post-OPT or STEM-OPT Extension, your travel signature is only valid for six months from the date of the last signature or until the end date on your EAD card, whichever comes first.
*The ISSC does not recommend traveling while an OPT application is pending with USCIS.*
When planning to travel outside of the U.S., on Post-OPT or STEM-OPT, be prepared to take the following documents with you: