Travel Updates and Advisories
For the latest updates on travel to and from the United States, visit the U.S. Department of State website.
On this website you will also find:
Registering International Travel
Any Rutgers student, faculty, scholar, or staff considering international travel must visit the Rutgers Department of Risk Management website to register international travel.
U.S. citizens traveling abroad should register their plans with the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) – this free service enables the embassy to notify travelers of safety conditions at their destination and quickly contact them in an emergency.
Recent presidential proclamations (PPs) state that any individual who, 14 days prior to his/her arrival in the United States, was in:
- People’s Republic of China (except Hong Kong and Macau)
- Islamic Republic of Iran
- European Countries in the Schengen Area
- The United Kingdom & the Republic of Ireland
- Federative Republic of Brazil
- Republic of South Africa
And if a U.S. citizen or lawful resident (or those exempt in the PPs), the individual must enter through the designated port of entries and self-quarantine for 14 days (see Screening & Quarantine below). If a foreign national, the individual will not be allowed unless he/she is eligible for an exception. Exceptions: Foreign nationals coming from the Schengen Area, the U.K. or Ireland, holders of a valid F-1 or M-1 visa, or eligible for a National Interest Exception (e.g. J-1 visas). Learn more about this exception.
U.S. Embassies across the world monitor the COVID-19 situation and the policies applicable in their country. You should look at the information provided by U.S. Embassies in country. They give useful details on restrictions, recommendations, and local resources.
Here is more information about U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China.
Screening & Quarantine
Once home, individuals must immediately self-quarantine in their home and monitor their health in accordance with CDC best practices. To learn more about what precautions to take after returning from international travel, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.
International Travel Advisory and Information for Rutgers Students and Employees: Effective September 16, 2020, Rutgers instituted an additional requirement to prohibit University students and employees from returning to campus for fourteen days after travel to one of the countries or territories on the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Advisory List: CDC webpage. In addition, visit the NJ Covid-19 Information Hub for more information. These travel advisory lists change regularly, so it is important to routinely check these websites when planning travel.
Update: On April 5, 2021 the State of New Jersey relaxed domestic travel-related quarantine requirements for individuals who are fully vaccinated. Though ALL non-essential interstate travel continues to be discouraged, vaccinated individuals (or those who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last three months) no longer need to quarantine or be tested for COVID-19 before or after domestic travel. Non-vaccinated travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) are still expected to self-quarantine at their home, or temporary lodging.
International Airlines: Updates and Policies
There are ongoing changes in schedules and some airlines are reducing their flights substantially. In addition, some airlines are waiving fees for itinerary changes and flight changes, and sometimes refunding passengers when they cancel their flight. However, policies vary among companies and destinations.
Here is an interactive COVID-19 travel regulations map on IATA.
For current airline policies regarding changes and cancellations, visit Student Universe.
Resources for International Students and Scholars
FAQs for International Students +
We realize our international and exchange students have many questions about the impact of the coronavirus. Please visit our International Student FAQ page for more information.
To speak with an advisor from the Rutgers Global International Student & Scholar Services, please visit these webpages: