International Student Services

Coronavirus Travel FAQs

We understand this might be a stressful time for our international students as many of you have friends and family around the world impacted by this situation. There is still much uncertainty with the situation and travel restrictions changing daily. The ISS is monitoring the news and government updates. We will post new information on this page as it becomes available. 

Effective February 2, the Presidential Proclamation suspends entry into the U.S. for any non-U.S. citizens who have traveled to the People’s Republic of China during the 14-day period proceeding their entry to the United States. Hong Kong and Macau are not included in this travel restriction. 

The novel coronavirus travel restrictions do not apply to any foreign national who is:

  1. a lawful permanent resident of the United States
  2. a spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  3. a parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21;
  4. a sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21;
  5. a child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications;
  6. For additional exceptions, see the Presidential Proclamation.

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated on February 3, 2020.

How long will the travel restriction last?

This is unknown currently. The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services will monitor the situation. No more than 15 days after the date of the proclamation, and every 15 days after, the Secretary will advise whether the restriction continue, change, or end. See proclamation section 5.

I’m currently in China. What should I do?

Please monitor the news, airline travel information, and ISS website for updates.

I am currently in China. Can I provide a negative test result for coronavirus to enter the U.S.?

The U.S. government has not communicated this exception at this time.

I am currently in China but have not been near Wuhan Province. Can I return to the U.S.?

The U.S. government has not communicated an exception regarding this question at this time.

I am currently in China and was planning to return to UW for spring quarter. What should I do if I cannot return for spring quarter?

Every student’s situation is different. Complete our “Have a Question” form if you have not already done so and an ISS adviser reply to you directly about your options. This may include:

Can I travel to another country before traveling to the U.S.?

If you plan to travel to another country before entering the U.S., be sure to review any travel restrictions in that country before making travel plans. Be aware that you will need to be outside of China for 14 or more days before you will be allowed to enter the U.S. ISS advisors cannot advise on travel to countries other than the U.S., so make sure you do your research and understand any restrictions or requirements before traveling.

I am currently in the U.S. but was planning to travel to China soon. Should I cancel my trip?

We do not know how long this travel restriction will last. Be advised that if you travel to China, you might not be able to return to the U.S. for an unknown period of time. If travel to China is related to your academic program, please consult your department.

I am from China, and am currently in the U.S. and nearing the end of my F-1 status. My plan was to return to China soon, but I would prefer to stay in the U.S. for now. What are my options?

Every student’s situation is different. We encourage you to review the “Final Quarter Checklist” to learn your options: https://iss.washington.edu/procedures/final-checklist/. Complete our “Have a Question” form if you have not already done so and an ISS adviser reply to you directly about your options.

I am feeling very anxious about the coronavirus. What should I do?

If you are experiencing stress or anxiety about this situation, we encourage you to reach out to counselors, advisers, or friends to talk about your feelings. Let’s Talk, UW Counseling Services, and UW Hall Health and are available to help.