International Travel and COVID-19

What to do in preparation for arriving to the United States and to the S&T campus

  • Guidance for travel is continually changing. Be sure to review the CDC and the US. Department of State requirements and recommendations for before and after international travel. 
  • Travel health information and travel advisories about locations throughout the world are provided by the CDC and the U.S. Department of State.
  • As of January 5th, 2023, all air passengers (regardless of COVID-19 vaccination or citizenship status) aged 2 and older traveling to the U.S. from China, Hong Kong, and Macau will need to show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 2 days prior to flight departure.
    • This also applies to those traveling to the U.S. from designated airports in Seoul, Toronto, and Vancouver who have been in China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 10 days.
    • A COVID-19 viral test such as an antigen or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) will be accepted.
    • Those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days and more than 10 days before travel can show documentation of recovery in lieu of a test result.
    • For more details regarding this testing requirement: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
  • Since November 8th, 2021, non-U.S. citizens who are non-U.S. immigrants seeking to enter the U.S. by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated with an FDA approved or emergency use authorized or a World Health Organization emergency use listed Covid-19 vaccination. There are limited exceptions to this requirement. Individuals granted an exception and any unvaccinated U.S. citizens must follow more stringent requirements.  Review CDC’s travel assessment section to find out what is needed to board a flight to the U.S
  • Being up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations which includes a booster dose (additional dose after completing the primary series when eligible and if available) is highly recommended prior to any travel, but not required for travel to the U.S.  Only proof of completing the primary vaccination series is required.  If you were vaccinated outside of the U.S., you may receive a booster dose, if eligible, in the U.S. with an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna)
  • The CDC advises  not to travel if you are ill, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 10 days prior to travel, or have had close contact to a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in the 5 days prior to travel. If this applies to you or you have questions or concerns, please email S&T Student Health Services.
  • During travel: Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is recommended on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • After travel, monitor for symptoms, isolate, and get tested if you develop symptoms. Student Health Services can see you if you are ill.

Please review the international student information section regarding other vaccination and tuberculosis testing requirements and health insurance information.

(Last updated 2/3/2023)