Travel Advisories Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Page last updated April 9, 2021.
Please note, there are currently travel restrictions in place in many countries due to the ongoing 2019 coronavirus outbreak may affect your travel. We've compiled some resources to assist you in determining whether you decide to travel internationally. As always, if you have any concerns, please contact the Office of Global Services. Any email updates sent from our office will continue to be posted also on our Immigration Updates and Events page.
Current Travel Advisories
NYU urges you to keep in mind that travel restrictions have and can change rapidly with little notice. Depending on where you go, you may encounter challenges in departing a country, or face difficulties when you try to return. At the very least, you should plan on extra time for travel and keep up to date on developments at your destination as well as in the country to which you are returning.
Please note that in addition to COVID-19 travel advisories, students and scholars should also be aware of US Presidential Executive Orders and the impact on our community and Go Local eligibility requirements.
NYU will offer eligible students a unique "Go Local" option for the Fall 2020 semester. Go Local is designed for undergraduates who may not be able to travel to their home campus this fall due to the uncertainties and restrictions on travel that COVID-19 has generated around the world. Students who meet certain requirements may enroll and take a number of in-person classes at another NYU location, provided that the location opens, that students can safely travel there from surrounding areas, and that there is available space. Decisions about opening each NYU global location for in-person classes in Fall will reflect local governmental and public health restrictions, among other factors.
To be eligible for Go Local at any NYU location, students must be able to live and study in that country for the duration of the semester without the issuance of a student visa. If you have not applied, but meet the program’s criteria, the Go Local application remains open and the University will do its best to accommodate new requests, space permitting.
Effective January 26, 2021, all travelers entering the US require a negative COVID-19 test. Air passengers are required to get a viral test within 3 days before their flight to the US departs. Travelers are also required to provide written documentation of their lab result to the airline or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. More details regarding documentation for a negative test and FAQs can be found with the CDC.
Travel restrictions are currently in place for those trying to enter the US who have been in any of the following areas within the last 14 days: China, Brazil, Iran, the Schengen Area, UK, and Ireland. Effective January 30, 2021 South Africa is added to this list. These restrictions are in place even if you are just transiting through any of these areas.
We have confirmation that the Department of State (DoS) National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland remain in place and will continue. DoS is also posting updates concerning relevant executive orders and proclamations.
If you are planning to enter the US and have been in China, Iran, Brazil, and/or South Africa in the last 14 days, you must plan to be in another country that is not included in this list for at least 14 days before entering the United States. Again, the South Africa restriction is effective as of January 30, 2021.
For further information on quarantine and testing procedures, please review the NYU Returns guidance. For more information on travel restrictions into the US, refer to NAFSA’s COVID-19 Restrictions on US Visas and Entry.
Entry ban for non-resident foreign nationals extended until April 30. Suspension of direct flights from the United Kingdom, Brazil, Chile, Ireland, and Mexico until further notice.
All travelers entering Argentina must:
- Present a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.
- Take a second COVID-19 PCR test at the port of entry upon arrival (at the traveler’s expense). If the result of the test is positive, the individual (and immediate travel companions) must quarantine at a government designated facility (at the traveler’s expense) for a period of time determined and coordinated by health authorities.
- Take a third COVID-19 PCR test on the 7th day after arrival for nationals and residents of Argentina (at the traveler’s expense) coordinated by health authorities.
There is a mandatory 7 day quarantine for all travelers. Anyone who is to enter or exit the country must complete a Health Declaration Form 48 hours prior to travel.This form is mandatory. Covid symptoms must be reported to health officials. Failure to comply with these rules may result in jail time. Minors, people with disabilities and those unable to fill out the form themselves must have a parent or legal guardian complete the form.
For more information and updates, please visit the Argentine Government Health website (recommended to open in Google Chrome for the option to translate into English).
Generally, Australian Nationals, Permanent Residents of Australia and New Zealand nationals traveling to New South Wales, Northern Territory, and/or South Australia are permitted entry at this time.
New Zealand travelers who have not been in a coronavirus hotspot within the past 14 days are not required to quarantine upon arrival.
All other incoming travelers allowed to enter must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities in their port of arrival.
For more information and updates, please visit the Australian Department of Health's website.
Non-Chinese nationals from the following countries are temporarily not allowed to enter China: Bangladesh, Belgium, Ethiopia, France, India, Italy, Philippines, Russia, United Kingdom, and Ukraine. Valid visas of diplomats service, courtesy or C (Crew members) and those issued after 3 November 2020 / 5 November 2020 (only for Bangladesh) will not be affected. More details and exceptions can be found on the BAL Global website.
Travelers to China from outside of the US should refer to their local Chinese Embassy for region specific requirements.
Travelers with approved emergency or essential travel to China from the US must submit a negative test result from nucleic acid rt-PCR test and results from an IgM serum antibody test, administered and collected from approved medical professionals and laboratories in close proximity to departure location only (see your local embassy or jurisdictional consulate for approved lab information). Test results must be submitted to the mandatory Health Declaration Form to obtain a health declaration certificate.
Visa facilitation is possible for travelers who have received a Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccination. This is only possible for specific reasons for travel to China and are detailed by the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC. Travelers are required to apply for the health code or certified health declaration code in advance from the Chinese Embassy or Consulates from where they are departing. The following documents will need to be submitted to the Health Declaration Form: vaccination certificates(including such details as name, product name/manufacturer, date of vaccination and issuance institution), negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body test results.
For more information and updates, please visit the website for the Chinese Embassy in the United States or your jurisdictional Chinese consulate or Embassy.
Foreign nationals are allowed to enter the Czech Republic for essential purposes, but free movement remains restricted. Essential travel is defined as travel related to work and family (including weddings and funerals). Entering the country for tourism, recreational activities, or visiting friends is prohibited. Hotels and other short-term accommodations remain closed until further notice.
All travelers need to register their arrival in the Czech Republic at www.prijezdovyformular.cz prior to departure. Third-country nationals must submit a negative PCR test result upon entering the country. The result must be no older than 72 hours. Travelers entering from a medium- or high-risk country must undergo a second PCR test no earlier than 5 days after their arrival and must self-isolate until they have received a negative result for their second PCR test. A list of countries per category can be found on the website of the Czech Ministry of Health.
Entry is restricted to the following categories:
- Travelers from EU countries, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City;
- Travelers from Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United Kingdom;
- Exemptions listed in the travel certificates apply to the following categories:
- French nationals and residents and their family who departed before January 31, 2021 (or later in case of urgent exit reasons), seeking return to their residence;
- Travelers holding Talent Passport visas (excluding their family members);
- Travelers holding a D visa, in transit, carrying a travel certificate and sworn statement;
- Residents of EU countries, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City, and their family, who departed before January 31, 2021 (or later in case of urgent exit reasons), seeking return to their residence;
- UK residents and their family, with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, who departed before January 31, 2021 (or later in case of urgent exit reasons), seeking return to their residence; this excludes non-resident (e.g., seconded) UK nationals;
- Those with compelling health, family or professional reasons that cannot be postponed;
- Individuals in transit for under 24 hours, remaining in the airport transit area; and
- Health and research workers; cross-border workers; students; and transport staff; among limited other exceptions.
These travelers need not show an additional attestation proving a compelling reason to enter France.
Exit from France is only permitted for travel to EU, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City; or for essential travel purposes.
Entry, Quarantine and Health Requirements
An International Travel Certificate is required for travelers from other countries than EU countries, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City; Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.
- Specific travel certificates are available depending on the traveler's age, country of origin and destination (France or overseas territories).
- The certificate must be presented before boarding and at border control.
- Negative COVID-19 PCR test result, from a test completed no more than 72 hours before boarding, for all travelers over the age of 11.
- Travelers must check the test center’s processing times before completing their test, as some test centers take over 72 hours to issue a test result.
- Travelers with essential travel purposes, travelling from locations where the PCR test cannot be completed prior to departure, may enter with an exceptional pass issued by a French consular post instead of the negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The consular post can grant exemption based on a negative antigen test, or based on commitment to complete a COVID-19 PCR test immediately upon arrival. These travelers quarantine in a government facility.
- Sworn statement confirming the absence of COVID-19 symptoms; no knowledge of contact with an infected person in the 14 days before their travel to France; and (for travelers over 11) willingness to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.
- Travelers from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand additionally commit to 7-day home quarantine and (for travelers over 11) COVID19 test after the 7-day period.
- 7-day voluntary home quarantine, confirmed by a sworn statement upon entry. Travelers over 11 additionally complete a COVID-19 PCR test after the 7-day period.
- Travelers from EU countries, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City are quarantine-exempt.
Please see the Coronavirus - Advice for Foreign Nationals page for more information.
*Campus France Quarantine and Entry Guidelines for Students.
All foreign nationals (incl. EU/EEA citizens) are generally allowed to enter Germany for essential travel purposes only. Tourist accommodations are closed until further notice. All travelers must register their arrival in Germany at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering the country and provide their personal information, arrival details, permanent address, and quarantine address in Germany. Failure to register may result in a fine of up to €25,000 and/or denial of entry.
Travelers must follow arrival guidelines based on the risk category their country of departure belongs to. Germany distinguishes 3 categories of risk-based travel restrictions. Please see below for a list of countries that are subject to travel restrictions and the applicable regulations per category. Travelers entering Germany by air must obtain a negative PCR test result prior to their departure regardless of the risk category of their departure country. The test result must be no older than 48 hours upon arrival. The testing requirement also applies to those travelers who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
Category 1 – countries where a new strain is spreading: Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Travelers whose journey originates in one of these countries will be prohibited from entering Germany until at least April 14, 2021. This entry ban applies to third-country nationals as well as EU/EEA/CH nationals. Citizens and permanent residents of Germany who intend to return from one of these countries must obtain a negative PCR test result prior to their departure. The test result must be no older than 48 hours upon arrival. The testing requirement also applies to those travelers who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Upon arrival, travelers must self-quarantine for 10 days.
Category 2 – countries with a high number of new cases (EU/EEA countries in bold): Albania, Andorra, Bahrain, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, France, Hungary, Iran, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, the Palestinian Territories, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Tanzania, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay.
Travelers whose journey originates in one of these countries must obtain a negative PCR test result prior to their departure. The test result must be no older than 48 hours upon arrival. The testing requirement also applies to those travelers who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Upon arrival, travelers must self-quarantine for 10 days.
Category 3 – medium-risk countries (EU/EEA countries in bold): Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, DR Congo, Congo Rep., Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark (excl. Faroe Islands and Greenland), Dominican Republic, Djibouti, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia,, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Spain (excl. Balearic Islands), St. Lucia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Timor Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, Yemen.
Travelers whose journey originates in one of these countries must self-quarantine for a period of 10 days and obtain a PCR test result within 48 hours of their arrival. Travelers may be prompted to submit proof of a PCR test result to their local health authority in the 10 days after their arrival. Public testing sites can be located at www.116117.de. The testing requirement also applies to those travelers who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
Land and Sea borders remain closed to passenger travel, however air travel is allowed in to Kytoka International Aiport. Passengers arriving in Ghana must be in possession of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin. The test should have been done not more than seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled departure from the country of origin. All airlines have been instructed to ensure compliance with this directive for all passengers wishing to travel to Ghana, and those airlines who fail in this regard will be duly sanctioned. Face masks are required and each passenger will undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test at the airport terminal, at a $150 fee ($50 for ECOWAS nationals) to be paid online by the passenger before boarding the plane. The test result will be available within thirty (30) minutes. Passengers, who test positive for COVID-19, will be handled by the health authorities for further clinical assessment and management; and passengers, who test negative, can, thereupon, enter Ghana to go about their lawful activities, and will be advised to continue to observe COVID-19 safety precautions during their stay in Ghana.
All travelers must submit the Health Declaration Form before departing for Ghana.
For more information and updates, please visit the Ministry of Health website.
Entry ban until further notice for non-essential travel except for members of the following: EU/Schengen Area nationals; EU long-term residence permit holders; EU/Greek long-term visa/residence permit holders; Nationals of Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Passengers traveling for urgent family or business reasons with an authorization issued by the Greek embassy/consulate.
The Greek Protocol for Arrivals Travel Form, also known as the Passenger Locator Form (PLF), will be required for all arrivals. If the form is not submitted, the passenger will be tested for COVID-19. Passengers who test positive are subject to a 14-day quarantine.
Travelers must carry a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, issued in the country from which they are traveling at most 72 hours before arrival into Greece. The certificates should be written in English or Greek and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveler.
For more information and updates, please visit the Greek Government's website on Travel to Greece.
Until further notice, travelers are not allowed to enter or transit through Israel, except for nationals and residents of Israel and travelers with an authorization letter issued by the Population and Immigration Authority
Inbound travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test results obtained within 72 hours prior to departure for Israel. A second test will be required upon arrival. Vaccinated Israeli nationals must undergo the two COVID-19 tests listed above; however, if the test upon arrival is negative, they will not be required to quarantine. Unvaccinated Israeli nationals must undergo the two COVID-19 tests listed above. They will then be required to provide a deposit on a “tracking kit” (such as an electronic bracelet or SMS digital phone tracking software) in order to quarantine at home for 14 days from arrival. If no consent is given to the tracking kit, the individual will be required to isolate at a state-run isolation facility for 14 days. The quarantine period may be reduced to 10 days by showing negative results on the COVID-19 test taken upon arrival and another COVID-19 test on the 9th day.
You can visit the Ministry of Health webpage for more information.
All travelers must complete and carry with them a declaration form for entry to Italy and notify the local health authority of their arrival.
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has provided an online survey form travelers can complete to see restrictions and requirements for their specific situation. Please complete this survey and/or see the Annex for more information.
From March 31 through April 30, in addition to the obligations of filling in the self-declaration form and negative test upon arrival, anyone who enters Italy after having stayed in or transited through the Countries listed in group “C” of the Annex in the previous 14 days, regardless of the result of the swab test, must undergo self-isolation under the supervision of the health authorities for 5 days. After the period of self-isolation, a new molecular or antigenic test is mandatory.
Specific guidance for countries with high epidemiological risk is below.
Guidance for travel from Brazil
Entry to Italy of travellers who visited or transited through Brazil in the last 14 days before arriving in Italy is allowed only in the following cases (provided that they do not show symptoms of COVID-19):
- persons who have been resident in Italy since before 13 February 2021;
- officials and other servants, however designated, of the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officials and personnel, and members of the armed forces and law enforcement agencies engaged in their official duties;
- persons travelling for essential reasons and specifically authorised by the Ministry of Health to enter Italy.
In these cases, travellers are allowed entry to Italy only if they:
a) present to the carrier on boarding, and to any other control authority, a negative molecular or antigenic swab test result taken within 72 hours before entering the country;
b) accept to take a molecular or antigenic swab test on arrival at the airport, port or border crossing, where possible, or within 48 hours from entering the country at their local health authority. Travellers entering Italy with a flight from Brazil must take a swab test on arrival at the airport;
c) undertake, regardless of the swab test result in point b) above, to self-isolate under medical supervision for a period of fourteen days, at their home or other place of residence, subject to communication of their arrival to the Prevention Department of the competent local health authority;
d) accept to take an additional molecular or antigenic swab test at the end of the fourteen day self-isolation period;
Please see the Annex for entry information and requirements for all other travelers.
A new Covid Test flight option, which would remove the obligation to self-isolate, has started between some US Airports and Rome, please visit the Italian Consulate in New York's webpage for more information.
US citizens are generally only allowed entry to Italy for proven reasons such as work.
For more information and updates, please visit the Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy information page.
Non-essential travel is banned from third countries until April 30, except:
Partners of Spanish nationals, carrying consular approval of their relationship, and provided the partnership is certified by the consular civil registry section;
EU nationals and their family members, traveling with or to join the principal and carrying proof of the relationship;
Residents of the European Union, Schengen States, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican (Holy See) or San Marino while travelling to one of these countries, who provide documentary evidence of their destination;
Holders of a long-term visa issued by an EU Member State or Schengen State to which they are travelling;
Healthcare, elderly care professionals and health researchers entering Spain to undertake their work activity;
Personnel engaged in the transport of goods;
Sea and flight crew required to carry out air transport activities;
Students undertaking their studies in Spain, who must hold a student visa/permit and medical coverage, provided they are traveling to Spain during the academic year or 15 days before its commencement;
Highly qualified employees whose activity is mandatory, cannot be postponed or undertaken remotely (which must be documented) (including certain sports staff);
Persons travelling for imperative family reasons (must be documented);
Persons who provide documentary evidence of force majeure or necessity, or whose entry is permitted on humanitarian grounds;
Residents of the countries ‘greenlisted’ by the European Union (currently Australia, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Mainland China, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand), travelling directly from these countries, transiting through countries included in the list or transiting through international airports located in countries not included in the list; and
Travelers transiting by air within the Schengen Area.
Flight ban for Brazil and South Africa until April 13, except Spanish or Andorran citizens and residents; and transit (staying in the airport transit area for under 24 hours) for Brazil and South Africa; among limited other exemptions. © 2021 Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, Fragomen Global LLP and affiliates. All Rights Reserved. 193
Until April 6, land entry from Portugal is restricted to Spanish nationals, their spouses, registered partners, ascending or descending dependents travelling with or to join the principal; Spanish residents; travelers studying in Spain; EU/Schengen Area residents traveling to their residence; travelers transiting for labor purposes, e.g., cross-border workers, health and transport workers; among limited other exemptions. These travelers must carry proof of their travel purpose.
Land borders to enter Spain through Ceuta and Melilla are closed.
Entry, Quarantine and Health Requirements
Travelers must complete an online Health Control Form. Airlines must inform travelers about this formality when purchasing flight tickets. Completing the form renders a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.
Negative COVID-19 PCR, TMA or other molecular test, conducted no more than 72 hours before entry, for travelers from 'high risk' locations as listed on this site.
The test report must be original, issued in Spanish, English, French or German, in paper or electronic format. If issued in a different language, an official translation in Spanish must be provided. It must include the passenger name, passport/identification card number (as listed on the Health Control Form), test date, test facility contact details, test technique and negative result.
Individuals up to six years old are exempt.
Travelers are subject to a general health screening, including a temperature and visual check, upon entry. Travelers suspected to have COVID-19 may be required to complete a COVID-19 test (PCR, TMA or other molecular tests are accepted) within 48 hours of arrival.
10-day home quarantine for travelers entering from Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Travelers can reduce the quarantine duration by testing negative for COVID-19 on day 7.
Canary Islands: negative COVID-19 PCR, TMA or other molecular test, conducted no more than 72 hours before entry, for travelers seeking to access tourist accommodation. o
Individuals up to six years old are exempt;
Individuals who can prove stay in the Canary Islands for 15 days preceding access to tourist accommodation, who have remained asymptomatic during these 15 days, are exempt.
Visa-exempt nationals may apply for consular entry permission to seek renewal of expired Spanish permits.
Foreign nationals will not be penalized for prolonged stay abroad where this is due to pandemic related restrictions.
Madrid town hall allows online applications, e.g., for EU registration, but may require applicants’ personal presence once restrictions are lifted.
United Arab Emirates
The following guidelines are effective from 17 January 2021.
You do not need to quarantine when you arrive at Abu Dhabi if:
- You have travelled on a direct flight from lower risk countries (PDF: 350 KB); meanwhile, you must take a COVD-19 PCR test on day 6 and day 12 of your arrival into the emirate
- You are a UAE national or a resident taking part in the UAE’s National Vaccination Programme and travelling from any of the above countries. In this case, you will need to take a PCR test on day 6.
You need to quarantine if you have travelled from countries that are not specified in the above link at your home or a hotel for 10 days.
If you have arrived from a country that the UAE authorities deem are high-risk, then you will be subject to quarantine at a government facility. You will be provided with a medically-approved wristband for the duration of your quarantine, after you clear immigration. In this case, you will need to take a PCR test on day 8.
Dubai is allowing international travelers to enter the emirate. Travelers are required to present a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours of their scheduled departure. Some travelers may be required to get a second test upon arrival at the airport. If you are a citizen of the UAE, you are exempt from needing to provide a PCR test result prior to arrival but must be tested upon arrival in the airport.
Travelers to Sharjah are required to present a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours of their scheduled departure. Residents and visitors must take a second PCR test upon arrival at Sharjah’s airport and quarantine themselves until the results of the PCR tests are released. Those with positive results must stay in isolation for 14 days and follow appropriate measure issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention
Please visit the UAE Quarantine Guidelines For Travellers to the UAE webpage for entry requirements and updates.
Effective February 15, all travelers (including UK nationals) arriving in England from outside the United Kingdom or Ireland must follow strict testing and quarantine guidelines. The guidelines depend on the country travelers are entering from, have transited through, or spent any time in during the 10 days preceding their entry.
Any traveler providing false or deliberately misleading information about their country of departure or any countries they have visited faces fines of up to £10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 10 years. Travelers who break quarantine for any unauthorized reason face a fine of up to £10,000.
If you are arriving from a country or have spent time in a country from which travel to the UK is banned, please see the special guidelines that will apply to your situation at the bottom of this section. The following rules apply to travelers entering from all non-restricted countries:
Before their departure, travelers from a non-restricted country must:
- take a COVID-19 test and obtain a negative result no earlier than 72 hours before their arrival
- book and pay for a travel test package (£210), which includes COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of their quarantine
- complete the passenger locator form and provide their home quarantine address and test package booking number
After their arrival, travelers from a non-restricted country must:
- go directly to the address they provided on the passenger locator form
- remain at that location until they have quarantined for 10 days* and received negative results from their pre-booked day 8 COVID-19 test
Further information for travelers from non-restricted countries can be found on the website of the UK government.
If you are departing from or have spent any time in the 10 days preceding your departure in Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, DR Congo, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal (incl. Madeira and the Azores), Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, or Zimbabwe, you cannot enter the UK unless you are a citizen of the UK or Ireland or a permanent resident of the UK.
Before their departure, travelers from a restricted country must:
- take a COVID-19 test and obtain a negative result no earlier than 72 hours before their arrival
- book and pay for a managed quarantine package (£1,750), which includes hotel stay, quarantine transport, and COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of their quarantine
- complete the passenger locator form and provide their quarantine package booking number
After their arrival, travelers from a restricted country will:
- be escorted through the airport with other arrivals from a restricted country
- be transported to their quarantine hotel where they will quarantine in their room and be provided meals by hotel personnel
- be able to leave quarantine after 10 days if they receive a negative result for their day 8 COVID-19 test and do not develop new symptoms on day 9 or day 10
Further information for travelers from restricted countries can be found on the website of the UK government.
*Travelers from non-restricted countries may leave quarantine early if they opt into the Test to Release scheme and pay for an additional COVID-19 test to be taken on day 5 after their arrival. This does not apply to travelers from restricted countries. Travelers choosing this option must still take their day 8 test.
Items to Consider if and when You Travel Internationally
- NYU has prohibited upcoming, non-essential, international travel that is sponsored by NYU.
- NYU urges you to reconsider any personal international travel as well. The CDC recommends self-quarantine for up to 14 days following any international travel. Additionally, there is currently an entry ban for all non-citizens of the US (except lawful permanent residents and immediate family members of US citizens and lawful permanent residents) who have visited the listed countries. Please note: This entry ban is applied even to those with valid F-1 and J-1 visas.
- As always, we recommend that you bring a copy of your passport and your visa or entry stamp with you in your carry-on.
- Add your international travel plans to NYU Traveler.
Information for Family Members Visiting the US
- If your family members will be traveling internationally into the US, we encourage you to review the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions and Answers Travel page.
- NYU 2019 Novel Coronavirus Health Alerts
- NYU Department of Public Safety Travel Safety Information
- US Department of State COVID-19 Country Specific Information
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019
- CDC Quarantine Station Contact List, Map, and Fact Sheets
- NYU Bias Response Line (for members of the NYU community to report any experience s of bias, discrimination, or harassing behavior that may occur within our community)
- The World Health Organization