COVID-19 FAQs

General/Travel Related

How do I stay informed by Davis IC?

Check your Princeton email, Davis IC announcements, and do not hesitate to join us virtually during our scheduled walk in hours and advising appointments. We will also host information sessions as necessary.

What restrictions are there on entry to the U.S. due to COVID-19?

There are no country or region specific entry bans currently in effect impacting students and scholars.

What are the COVID-19 testing and vaccination requirements before traveling to the U.S.?

Airport Entry

Starting June 12, 2022, inbound international airline passengers ages 2 and older are no longer required to submit a negative COVID-19 test. Please review the requirements for COVID-19 vaccination on the CDC’s website.

Source: Fragomen Worldwide, June 10, 2022

Land and Ferry Entry

Beginning on January 22, 2022, DHS will require non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationwide. These new restrictions will apply to non-U.S. individuals who are traveling for both essential and non-essential reasons. This will not apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, or U.S. nationals.

Non-U.S. individuals traveling to the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals, whether for essential or non-essential reasons, must:

  • verbally attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status;
  • provide proof of a CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccination, as outlined on the CDC website;
  • present a valid Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document, such as a valid passport, Trusted Traveler Program card, or Enhanced Tribal Card; and,
  • be prepared to present any other relevant documents requested by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer during a border inspection.

COVID-19 testing is not required for entry via a land port of entry or ferry terminal. 

More information can be found at the DHS Fact Sheet website.

I do not have a valid visa and I am outside the U.S. When can I get a visa to travel?

US embassies and consulates abroad continue to operate based on the conditions where they are located, and what travel restrictions are currently in place. Some locations have been offering emergency visa appointments for students and academics. Review the information about emergency appointments closely, as procedures and eligibility will vary. Links to the consulate and embassy websites can be found here

What are Princeton's expectations for receiving COVID-19 vaccines for international students?

Princeton University will require all undergraduate and graduate students to demonstrate vaccination with an FDA-Approved or WHO EUL-Authorized vaccination. Please review the International Student COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ provided by UHS that also details which vaccines are currently being accepted by Princeton. If you have general questions about vaccinations please email covidvaccines@princeton.edu. If you will have difficulty receiving an FDA-Approved or WHO EUL-Authorized vaccine before returning to campus, please email myuhs@princeton.edu to discuss your options with the Immunization Compliance Team. 

The University also requires faculty, staff, and others working or otherwise present on campus during the 2021-22 academic year to provide proof of having received an authorized vaccine.

Are there additional websites/offices I should check before I travel to/from Princeton?

The University is urging the university community to exercise caution when it comes to travel and abide by the current policies in place. For additional information, please see the travel policies

Students can review our Travel Guidance page to confirm what documents you need with you when you travel internationally. We recommend that you also confirm travel plans with your academic department and/or employer in case your return is delayed for any reason.

Graduate Students

I am a graduate student do I need any special documents to enter the U.S.?

No, graduate students are eligible to return to the U.S. using their typical documents. Please review any travel restrictions noted above. Students who need a new travel signature to re-enter the U.S. should go to TigerNav. Click “Login.” Use your university netid and password. In the left-hand column, click “Pre-Arrival” and then “"Travel Signature Request.” Click “Start a New Request” and complete/submit the form.

I am currently abroad and do not plan to come to Princeton to study is there something I need to do?

Please note that it is expected that all students will return/start in person study as of Fall 2021. 

Graduate students, who are post-generals, should discuss their plans with their department and confirm that they are eligible for in absentia status. Please note, in absentia status can only be awarded to students who require access to educational resources outside of Princeton.  

Pre-generals graduate students and those who do not qualify for in absentia status, may need to take a leave of absence.  Students who require a leave of absence should speak with their departments and with Academic Affairs in the Graduate School.

Newly Admitted Graduate Students should email gsadmit@princeton.edu to discuss deferring your attendance.

Undergraduate Students

If I am stuck abroad and decide to take a leave of absence how does that impact my status?

Because your F-1/J-1 student status is tied to your enrollment status, we will terminate your SEVIS record if you take a Leave of Absence. If you are currently in the U.S., you would need to depart the U.S. You would not be able to return to the U.S. on your F-1/J-1 visa until your leave of absence ends and enrollment resumes. If you are already outside of the U.S. and are concerned about the 5 month rule, your time outside the U.S. will begin to count from the day you last attend classes. Students are no longer eligible for employment in the U.S. with a terminated record. For more information, please visit our Leave of Absence page.