Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

On December 9, 2020, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicated to the journal Inside Higher Education that for the spring 2021 semester F-1 students should abide by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance originally issued in March 2020, which was also applied to the fall 2020 semester.

CountryTravel AlertU.S. Entry RestrictionHawaii State RestrictionsUniversity of Hawaii RestrictionsNotes
All countries except those in entry bans listed belowCDC Travel Health Notices by CountryCovid-19 test restrictions in place as of January 26, 2021.Anyone arriving in Hawaii must get a temperature check, submit a health form, and self-quarantine for 10 days. This includes any international and domestic flights, and applies to all individuals regardless of residency or citizenship.

The Safe Travels Hawaii Program allows individuals to bypass the quarantine if a negative test confirmed from a trusted provider within 72 hours of departure.
UH students should follow state restrictions and pre-test requirements.
Countries in Schengen Area* of Europe, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), and the Republic of Ireland

Same as aboveCovid-19 test restrictions in place as of January 26, 2021.

F-1 students traveling for study are exempted from current Covid-19 entry bans. No further action required.

J-1 students and certain other J-1 exchange visitors may request a National Interest Exception (NIE) from their home country U.S. Embassy that will permit entry to the U.S.

No U.S. Entry: Foreign nationals other than students exempted above who were in any of these countries within 14 days of entry or attempted entry. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and immediate family members, and the visa types listed above are excluded from the entry ban. Those travelers will face health screenings and quarantine.
Same as aboveSame as aboveSchengen Area includes: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City
Brazil, China, Iran and South AfricaSame as aboveNo U.S. Entry: Foreign nationals who were in any of these countries within 14 days of entry or attempted entry. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and immediate family members excluded from entry ban. Those travelers will face health screenings and quarantine.Same as aboveSame as above
*Travel alerts come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Due to the fluid nature of the Coronavirus outbreak, ISS recommends that students weigh the urgency of travel. In addition, with the increase in COVID-19 cases and entry restrictions in the U.S. and abroad, students should prepare for any event if they plan to travel, domestically or internationally.

What to Do Before You Travel

Inform ISS/UHLog your travel through the Travel Signature Request so we know where you are, in case you're not able to return. If you do not need a new travel signature, write "Report Only" in the Optional Notes at the bottom of the form.

You must also follow requirements for reporting to UH officials as directed on the UH Travel Policy FAQ.
Inform a friendProvide your travel and contact information to a friend or family member in case you are stopped, delayed, quarantined, or fall ill and need medical attention.
Check your airlineCheck with your airline about refunds or adjustment fees due to travel restrictions or bans that might occur while traveling. Ask about flight insurance. Can you change tickets or get a refund? What if your flight is canceled or suspended? If you haven't purchased your tickets, consider getting refundable tickets.
Check the newsLook for travel restrictions and Coronavirus outbreak in the areas to which you will be traveling. Avoid high impact areas. National and local governments may change travel policies at any time. Be ready.
Check your health insurance Carry your insurance information with you. Make sure your insurance covers your travel period and travel locations. Do you have separate policies for inside and outside the U.S.? Check for medical providers in those areas that accept your insurance. Does your insurance cover illness caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19)? If you fall ill, you don't want to recover and face a large medical bill.
Keep a recordKeep a record of people and places you have interacted with. This may be valuable information should you fall ill.
Have a planHave a plan if something happens to you that impacts your travel. Will you be able to change your travel easily? Is there somebody you can call who can help you?

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