Return to U.S. campuses from outside the country

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Also, see the OGS site about traveling back to the a US Campus:

UPDATE: Traveling to the U.S. from International Destinations 

On July 16, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs announced that individuals traveling to the U.S. from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland in certain visa statuses may enter the U.S. The “National Interest Exceptions” allows certain individuals to “apply for an exemption from the travel restrictions imposed by the Presidential Proclamations 9993 (Countries that comprise the Schengen), and 9996 (The Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom).”

  • The U.S. Department of State provides the following information to travelers attempting to depart for the U.S. from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland:
    • Students with valid F-1 visas do not need to submit an exception request.
    • Students who are traveling on J-1 visas may contact their nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to request an exemption from the travel restriction. Please review the guidance on the website of your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. (For example, the U.S. Embassy in Madrid provides this guidance on J-1 travel in their FAQs:
    • Students who are already in these areas are not required to quarantine prior to departing for the U. S.
    • Students who decide to depart for the U.S. from other prohibited entry countries – namely Brazil, China and Iran – via the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland, must stay outside the departure country for 14 days prior to traveling to the U.S. Students must also adhere to the local COVID-19 entry requirements for the countries they plan to transit through for this 14-day period.


  • The “National Interest Exceptions” do NOT apply to travel from Brazil, China, and/or Iran. Therefore, travelers attempting to depart for the U.S. from these areas are still required to do the following:
    • Upon departure from one of the countries listed above, students must remain outside the U.S. for 14 days prior to entering the U.S.
    • Students must adhere to the local COVID-19 entry requirements of the country they will travel to prior to entering the U.S.
    • Please note the prohibition applies to all non-US citizens/legal permanent residents located in these countries regardless of citizenship or nationality (e.g. Indian national visiting Brazil would be subject to this requirement).


  • For individuals traveling back to the U.S. from countries NOT mentioned above, we recommend the following:

Northeastern recommends that international students obtain a travel support letter. The university is developing a support letter portal. If you need a support letter for travel prior to 31 July, please contact the Office of Global Services (OGS) at or the International Safety Office at