Traveling to the US during the pandemic? Read this first

Traveling to The US during The Pandemic? Here's What You Need to Know

The Pandemic has posed unprecedented travel restrictions on students who were all ready to go and study abroad. Delayed plans and change of procedures must be stressing you out, but worry no more! Right from important documentations, travel restrictions to quarantine measures, we'll cover everything that you'll need to know to have a safe journey!

Here goes the list:

The most important document that you need to get approval to enter the USA is - signed travel support letter provided to you by your educational faculty attesting to the fact that you will continue your classes as an in-person educational experience.

If or when asked by immigration officers or other United States government officials for more details, inform them know that your educational institution is offering in-person classes for undergraduates. Remember to carry a printed copy of your university schedule as evidence.

Before making any travel plans, you should confirm that neither their destination nor any layover countries have put any restrictions that could affect your traveling schedule.

Remember to check in with your airline to ensure you have the right status of your flight to make a layover in other countries.

You need to get pre-departure testing done before initiating your journey, however, it is advised that you should check with the Office of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, and the U.S. Department of State about COVID-19- specific policies regarding arrival requirements, for example, COVID-19 testing and isolation and quarantine necessity requirements, as these policies are dynamic and can change in the near future.

Students should be isolated for 14 days upon landing in the US. Regardless of whether US Customs doesn't state that you should isolate, you should follow the directions provided by the University of California's Occupational Health Services (OHS), the unit that possesses the grounds-wide strategy for students who appear for colleges abroad.

A mask is a necessity at all times in order to be safe and keep the people around you safe. Arriving or departing at an airport is restricted without a cloth or a surgical mask.

If you have been tested before traveling to the U.S, remember to carry a hard copy result of the COVID test for easier travel.

Things to ensure at the Last-minute:

Understand and read university policies before as well as understand F-1 and J-1 visa restrictions. Here's a quick summary - Both the J-1 and the F-1 are designed with the student in mind. Most people who wish to study in the U.S. choose one of these two options and this may very well be the reason you are reading this now. Both visas allow you to study at any secondary school or University in the country and obtain any degree or certification that requires earned credits. However, both require you to be sponsored by the institution that you will be studying with. This means that you cannot simply transfer to a new school without also having that school assume your sponsorship.

Ensure university and student compliance with immigration policies. Some basic policies which must be followed are as follows -

  1. Keep a full-time credit load.

  2. Do not violate U.S. laws or the university code of student conduct.

  3. Understand international travel requirements.

  4. Keep your passport valid and your U.S. address current.

  5. Be aware of the grace period after graduation.