The Office of International Student Services has dedicated FAQs by topics. Learn more:
- Five-month Rule
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- Health Care
SHOULD I UNDERTAKE PERSONAL TRAVEL WITHIN THE U.S.?
Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease.
While the CDC does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the U.S., it does offer recommendations and guidance that will apply for those considering personal domestic travel.
With conditions changing rapidly, the University is following CDC guidance and encourages you to read the CDC recommendations on traveling in the United States. as you make your personal travel decisions.
Please note: Nonessential University travel, both domestic and international, is restricted until further notice. The majority of University travel is currently considered nonessential. The determination of whether travel is essential can only be made by responsibility center heads.
WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH PITT’S STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS?
The University announced on Mar. 11, 2020, that all study abroad programs for the spring term are being halted and students are being recalled. Summer study abroad programs are cancelled.
Previously, the University had temporarily halted study abroad programming in China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Spain and had canceled all University-sponsored spring break study abroad and spring break study away programs that required air travel. Pitt’s Study Abroad Office remains in contact with students in all study abroad programs, especially those in areas with Level 3 and 4 travel advisories as designated by the U.S. Department of State. Contact Jeff Whitehead at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-412-648-2299 with questions about participating in any study abroad program.
I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT. WILL I BE ABLE TO FLY HOME ONCE SUMMER COMES?
OIS plans to host live seminars to address specific questions about travel and immigration. For dates and log-in information, please see visit the Office International Services website.
Airline travel cancellations to particular locations around the world may impede summer travel. In addition, the United States has already imposed travel restrictions that deny entry to nonimmigrants who have traveled to certain parts of the world. We have no way of knowing whether those bans will be extended to other countries. Therefore, we strongly urge you to consider remaining in the United States this summer. For more detailed advice, please visit this page.
International students, faculty and staff should contact their assigned immigration specialist at the Office of International Services to receive specific guidance regarding summer travel. Contact email@example.com or +1-412-624-7120.
I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND CAN’T AFFORD TO STAY AT PITT AFTER THE TERM ENDS. WHERE CAN I GET HELP?
Pitt has plans to assist international students who cannot return home at the end of the spring semester. Additional guidance will be emailed to all international students in the coming weeks. International students, faculty and staff should contact their assigned immigration specialist at the Office of International Services to receive specific guidance regarding summer plans. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-412-624-7120.
I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT. MY VISA EXPIRES AFTER I GRADUATE. WHERE CAN I GET HELP?
Pitt’s Office of International Services is currently assisting international students who are eligible to graduate but cannot return home at the end of the spring term. International students should contact their assigned immigration specialist at the Office of International Services to receive specific guidance regarding immigration regulations. Contact email@example.com or +1-412-624-7120.
I AM RETURNING FROM INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL OR I AM AN INTERNATIONAL VISITOR PLANNING TO TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES. WILL I BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES? AM I REQUIRED TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING?
We are following CDC guidance on travel, which is changing rapidly. If you have returned from or are arriving from any countries listed as a Level 3 Travel Notice, do not come to campus until you have practiced social distancing for 14 days from the time of your arrival in the United States. These countries currently include China, Iran, South Korea and most of Europe (please visit the CDC’s advisory page for the most current list of countries.) Social distancing recommendations also apply to any traveler who has been directly exposed to someone with the virus, regardless of where they are traveling from.
In addition, these restrictions from the U.S. government are in place:
- Foreign nationals who have been in China or Iran within the past 14 days cannot enter the United States.
- U.S. citizens and residents and their immediate family members who have been in China or Iran within in the past 14 days can enter the United States, but they are subject to health monitoring and possible quarantine for up to 14 days.
- On March 11, a similar policy was expanded to include 26 European countries for a period of 30 days.
WHILE TRAVELING, I HAD A LAYOVER AND FLIGHT CONNECTION IN A COUNTRY WITH TRAVEL ADVISORIES FOR COVID-19. AM I REQUIRED TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING UPON MY RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES?
If you remained at the airport for the duration of the layover, you are excluded from Pitt’s social distancing requirements for travelers returning from that country. However, if you are given guidance about social distancing by health authorities upon arrival in the United States, you are expected to follow that instruction.