Published: Jan. 26, 2021

1. Temporary Restriction on Entering the U.S. after Travel from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Brazil

  • Under a presidential proclamation issued January 25 the following restriction takes effect at 12:01 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, January 26 and applies to individuals who have recently been present in the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Brazil and wish to enter the United States:
  • Foreign nationals (not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident) – other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents and a few other limited exceptions described in the proclamation – who have been in these countries within the last 14 days will be denied entry into the United States.

2. Temporary Restriction on Entering the U.S. after Travel from South Africa

  • Under a presidential proclamation issued January 25 the following restriction applies to foreign nationals on flights that departed from outside of the U.S. on or after 12:01 a.m. (EST) on Saturday, January 30 and applies to individuals who have recently been present in South Africa and wish to enter the United States:
  • Foreign nationals – other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents and a few other limited exceptions described in the proclamation – who have been in South Africa within the last 14 days will be denied entry into the United States.

Please note, the presidential proclamation describes who may qualify under the exceptions. There is not an exception for foreign nationals entering the U.S. on F or J visas. However, there is an exception for foreign nationals whose entry would be in the national interest.

Summary of All U.S. Entry Restrictions Related to COVID-19

There are 14-day entry restrictions on individuals who have recently been present in China, Iran, 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, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, and South Africa under this presidential proclamation as well as those previously issued. These restrictions will remain in effect until the president terminates them.

Please keep these entry restrictions in mind if you plan to return to CU Boulder for in-person classes, which the university currently intends to resume on February 15. Also, please bear in mind that travel restrictions are subject to change. A country that is not subject to a travel restriction today, may be subject tomorrow. Please reach out to International Student & Scholar Services at isss@colorado.edu or drop in for a remote advising session if you have any questions and/or need advice.