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I am traveling to campus from another country. What do I need to do?

You must be fully vaccinated to travel to the United States by plane if you are a non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa). Only limited exceptions apply.

You are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 when you travel to the United States by air. The timing of this test depends on your vaccination status and age.

Does CSUSB recognize all COVID-19 vaccines? 

Those who have received the full dose regime of COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use by the US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) are considered fully vaccinated by CSUSB.

What happens if my vaccine is not listed on the FDA or WHO? 

Those who have vaccines not approved for use by the FDA or WHO will be subject to COVID-19 surveillance testing until approved by either agency.

Do I need to quarantined when I arrive to the United States?

Per the CDC, any unvaccinated travelers coming to the United States from international travel should take a viral test 3-5 days after travel. Those not fully vaccinated by vaccines approved by the FDA or WHO will need to self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.  It is recommended that unvaccinated international students arrive to the US at least 10 days prior to the start of the academic term.

Where will I quarantine?

International residential students who have a housing assignment on-campus and who need to quarantine can be assigned a location in residential housing. Advance arrangements must be made by contacting Housing and Residential Education at at least 10 days in advance of arrival.  Food service options are limited since the Dining Eateries are open on a limited basis until the start of the semester.

Who needs to be tested?

Individuals that have not received the full dose regime of COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO will be subject to weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing at no cost.  Additionally, individuals travelling internationally should test 3-5 days after arrival in the United States. Testing will be available on campus and is readily accessible in community pharmacies such as Rite Aid, Walgreens or CVS at no cost.

I don't have access to a vaccine, will I be able to get a vaccine when I arrive to CSUSB?

Yes, the university will be able to provide vaccine through one of the partners. Appointments can also be scheduled by visiting the State of California MyTurn website.