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Coronavirus Travel Information

Since the pandemic situation, travel restrictions, and vaccine requirements can change quickly, we caution students who will travel before the start of the Spring 2022 semester.

Starting Nov. 8, 2021, non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the US will be required to be fully vaccinated prior to boarding an airplane to the US. This means you must provide proof of vaccination status and a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 3 days before travel. For information about which COVID-19 vaccines are accepted, please visit the Center for Disease Control website. If you are not already vaccinated, vaccines are free and widely available on the OU Norman and Tulsa campuses.

If you decide to travel, please check for any updates of travel restrictions of the countries and areas you are traveling to and from (including the locations you may have a layover). In case of new visa/flight/travel restrictions, we encourage you to make a backup plan for returning to the US or continuing your classes abroad.

Helpful Resources

Travel Documents

  • Passport: Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your return date to the US.
  • Visa: If your student visa will expire before you return to the US, you must apply for a new visa. For more information, see our page on Visa Delays.
  • I-20 or DS-2019: You will need a travel signature at the time you reenter the US. Before you leave the US, please drop off your I-20 at the ISS office for a travel signature. If you leave the US before getting a travel signature, please request a Replacement I-20 (select "travel" as the reason for request). You can choose to receive an electronic I-20 by email or a physical I-20 by courier service. For more information, see our page on Mail and Document Pickup.
  • If this is your last semester and you are planning to apply for Optional Practical Training, apply while you are still in the US. Also see OPT Concerns for additional information about applying for OPT in this unusual situation, and contact your ISS advisor if you have questions. 

Emergency Phone Numbers

If you have problems at the US border, you can call ISS (or ask a border official to call us). We recommend that you print out this section of this webpage and carry it with you when you travel.

  • During our normal office hours (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), please call (405) 325-3337.
  • On nights and weekends, please call our emergency phone: (405) 630-5392

Updated 10/26/21