Special Announcement

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS UPDATE AS OF DECEMBER 31ST, 2021

Lifting of the Proclamation 10315 Southern Africa Entry Ban

On December 28, 2021, President Biden signed "A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10315," which revokes the southern Africa COVID-19 entry ban effective 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on December 31, 2021.

Travel.state.gov

Travel.state.gov - Travel Advisories

Travel.state.gov - New Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S.

CDC: Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Travel to the United States

SMU Risk Management - Global Preparedness and Response 

 

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AND VACCINE REQUIREMENTS AS OF DECEMBER 6, 2021

Proclamation 10315 of November 26, 2021 suspends entry after recent presence in certain countries in southern Africa. Citing the appearance of the COVID Omicron variant, Presidential Proclamation 10315 of November 26, 2021, Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019, provides:

"The entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of noncitizens who were physically present within the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is hereby suspended and limited subject to section 2 of this proclamation."

The proclamation is effective on November 29, 2021, and operates in addition to the November 8, 2021 vaccination requirement. A November 28, 2021 CBP Carrier Liaison Program bulletin clarifies that: "Any NIE granted to a noncitizen under previous proclamations are void with respect the Proclamation of November 26, 2021.”

Air Travel to the United States Presidential Proclamation 10294 of October 25, 2021, Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic, effective November 8, 2021, revoked the four prior geographic travel ban restrictions that had limited entry from 33 specific countries, and replaced them with a global requirement that "noncitizens who are nonimmigrants" traveling to the United States by air from any part of the world establish that they are fully vaccinated, with some limited exceptions. The proclamation relies on INA 212(f)/8 USC 1182(f) as the statutory authority for the restrictions. That statute provides: "Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate."

A separate CDC order also requires all air travelers (regardless of citizenship) to show results of a negative coronavirus test taken one day preceding their flight's departure from a foreign country traveling to the United States (see details below).

"Noncitizens who are nonimmigrants" who are traveling by air will have to show both the negative COVID viral test and documentation that they are either fully vaccinated or are eligible for an exception to the vaccination requirement. New Geographic COVID-19 Proclamation Restricts Entry from Southern Africa Regions. In response to concerns over the COVID-19 Omicron variant, a new Presidential Proclamation restricts entry to the United States by most noncitizens who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, or Zimbabwe in the 14-day period before their entry or attempted entry to the United States, with limited exceptions. The proclamation is effective on November 29, 2021, and operates in addition to the November 8, 2021 vaccination requirement.

New Geographic COVID-19 Proclamation Restricts Entry from Southern Africa Regions. In response to concerns over the COVID-19 Omicron variant, a new Presidential Proclamation restricts entry to the United States by most noncitizens who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, or Zimbabwe in the 14-day period before their entry or attempted entry to the United States, with limited exceptions. The proclamation is effective on November 29, 2021, and operates in addition to the November 8, 2021 vaccination requirement.

Entry to the United States through Land or Ferry Ports of Entry in a separate but related announcement (see below), the controls on non-essential travel through land ports of entry on the Canadian and Mexican borders have also been modified.

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Fall 2021 Updates:

Dear SMU International Community:

As SMU is returning to in-person instruction, here are a few reminders:  

Government Check-In (arrival to the U.S for the first time): If you deferred your arrival from the Spring semester, please remember, you must complete a mandatory government check-in. Failure to complete a government check-in, will result in termination of your status. For more information about government check-in dates, please visit:
https://smu.app.box.com/s/6azzq7rbis1enhp8trcuxb3o3vyhpjrs

Travel Signatures:

Please submit a travel endorsement request form with your original I20/DS2019 document.
If you want to request an electronic signature, please submit the I20 Reprint/Electronic Travel Endorsement Request form (student will be required to print document and show it for embassy visa appointments and port of entry).  

You do not need a current signature to depart the United States. You only need a valid travel signature to re-enter the U.S.

Please check the Department of State for any travel restrictions that affect your home country: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly at claudiahart@smu.edu or any of our team members at isss@smu.edu