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We urge you to be cautious when planning to travel internationally due to ongoing challenges caused by the global pandemic. Due to flight cancellations (including new disruptions in Europe), testing, and other shifting entry requirements, you may have difficulty returning to the United States. If your return to the U.S. is delayed, please be aware that you may incur significant expenses, such as accommodations at your Spring Break destination and travel re-booking fees. If you are delayed re-entering the U.S., this could negatively affect your F-1 status, and you should contact your ISSS advisor for additional guidance if this happens.

If you must travel outside the U.S., please check your immigration documents! Remember to also regularly check our website for updates, announcements and important information that will help you maintain your F-1 or J-1 student status.

Student Travel Signatures

Before traveling outside the U.S., remember to check your Form I-20 (for F-1 students) or Form DS-2019 (for J-1 students) to make sure you have a travel signature that is less than 12 months old (check the travel endorsement section on page 2 of the Form I-20 or page 1 of the Form DS-2019).  You do not need a new signature each time you travel as long as the current signature is still less than 12 months old.

If you need a travel signature, please complete the Travel Endorsement Request Form and email the completed form to your International Student Advisor. F-1 students requesting a travel endorsement will receive a new Form I-20 via email. The document will be emailed to your UNC email account as a PDF file, and you will need to print and sign the form to present when re-entering the U.S.

For more information about what documents you will need in order to travel abroad and re-enter the U.S., please visit the travel section of the ISSS website.

Vaccination and Negative COVID-19 Test Requirements Remain in Effect for Entry to the U.S.

The U.S. requires that all adult foreign nationals travelling to the U.S. be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a flight. Only vaccines that are approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted.

In addition, before boarding a flight you are required to show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel. There is also an option for people who have documented recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Find more information about this announcement on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website. You can also view the Frequently Asked Questions from the U.S. Department of State.

Thank you for your attention! If you have questions, please reach out to your International Student Advisor. Please note that ISSS remains open during Spring Break.

Transportation Options

Find information on the UNC transportation and parking website about transportation options if you are travelling over the break


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