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Important Travel Information

Important Travel Information

Travel document checklist

General Travel Information and Recommendations

Upon Return to the U.S.  Shortly after you return to the U.S, please take the following steps:

Travel to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean Islands for Less Than 30 Days

In some cases, you may be eligible to return to the U.S. from abroad with an expired visa stamp using a program called “Automatic Revalidation.” Always check with International Student Affairs to determine if you qualify for this program. You may qualify if you:

*If you are in F-1/F-2 or J-1/J-2 status you may also use Automatic Revalidation for travel to some of Caribbean islands other than Cuba. You can find a list of the adjacent islands and more information here

Travel via Cruise Ship

If you will take a cruise, please be sure to print out your I-94 and travel history before departure. If, upon return, you find that you have trouble retrieving your new I-94 information, you will need that previous I-94 information to correct your record.

Travel to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and certain other U.S. territories

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are part of the United States. As such, you will not need a visa to return to the U.S. from these locations. However, students and scholars should always carry a passport, I-20/DS-2019, and I-94 during such travel. Please verify that your travel does not involve transit through or short stays in other countries, since full documentation (including a visa) for return to the U.S. may be necessary.

Applying for a U.S. Visa Stamp

Visa application requirements and wait times can vary from one country to the next. Check the web site of the U.S. Embassy in the country from which you will travel for specific information and requirements and to schedule an interview. Allow enough time abroad for visa processing. You can find the consular web site at http://www.usembassy.gov/.  Review these ten points on what you should remember when applying to renew your visa: www.nafsa.org/resourcelibrary/default.aspx?id=8643

Travel Advisories

Be sure to check if there are any travel advisories posted for the countries to which you are travelling. Both the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention have information on their websites about areas in the world that may present high-risk situations for travelers (i.e. severe weather, medical, political, etc.). You may also want to check with resources in your home country about travel advisories.