Nov 29, 2021

Travel requirements

As the end of the semester approaches when many international students and scholars may be making plans to travel home, it is important to make sure the travel signature on the I-20/DS-2019 is current and to be aware of new travel requirements put in place to re-enter the United States.

International student travel signature requirement

International students who choose to travel outside of the United States over winter break must have a current travel signature on their I-20/DS-2019. To request a new one, complete an eForm on the OIA website (filter by Keyword, "travel signature"). As of November 1, 2021, electronic signatures are now permitted on I-20s.

International scholar travel signature requirement

Prior to traveling outside the United States, J-1 scholars and their J-2 dependents must have a valid travel signature on their DS-2019 for re-entry in to the United States. Visit the OIA website to schedule a travel appointment and for information about additional requirements for re-entry, travel and post-arrival responsibilities.

Check your travel eligibility to board an air flight back to the United States through this quiz or flowchart.

Travel requirements to enter the United States

Travel restrictions to enter the United States were lifted on November 8, 2021, for visitors from 33 countries (Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, Schengen countries in Europe and the UK) and new vaccination requirements have been put into place for all non-U.S. citizen and non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the United States by air. Travelers are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

As of November 29, 2021, travelers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are prohibited from entering the country.

Additional requirements include:

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 24 hours of departure or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 when traveling to the United States by air. The timing of this test depends on vaccination status and age.
  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth in indoor areas of public transportation including airports and airplanes.

For more information, please visit the CDC website and continue to monitor the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website for the most current information regarding the university’s guidance on health measures.