International Students

Travel restrictions and CDC guidance

Read the CDC guidance for international travellers’ entry to the United States.

If you travel internationally, you should become thoroughly aware of all travel restrictions and guidance that may impact your travel back to and from Madison. Global travel restrictions may change, so you are highly encouraged to monitor conditions and guidance both before and throughout any travel.

Each U.S. embassy website offers a COVID-19 page, and this is a good starting place to access updated information. Although the embassy’s webpages are specific to traveling U.S. citizens and permanent residents, it will provide good information for others as well. Reviewing the destination country’s foreign ministry website and reviewing its many COVID-19 related links is also highly advised.

Frequently Asked Questions

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I am an international student traveling to Madison from outside the United States – do I need to test for COVID-19 before leaving?

Due to frequent changes, please review the CDC COVID Travel Guidelines for the latest information.

Last updated 7:57 PM, August 26, 2022

If I was vaccinated for COVID-19 outside of the United States, do I need to get or can I get a U.S.-based vaccine?

This depends on the type of vaccination you received and whether you completed the series.

For recipients of FDA-authorized vaccines

  • If you had two doses of Moderna or Pfizer or a single dose of Johnson and Johnson, you have completed the initial dose series.
  • If it has been more than 2 months since you received a Johnson and Johnson dose, you should get a booster shot.
  • If you are 18 or older and it has been more than 5 months since you completed your initial dose series of Pfizer or Moderna, you should get a booster shot.
  • If you are immunocompromised, you should get an additional dose if you received Moderna or Pfizer. Anyone initially vaccinated with Johnson and Johnson at least two months ago should get a booster of either an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) or Johnson and Johnson.
  • If you received just one dose of Moderna or Pfizer, you should seek a second dose as close to the recommended timeframe as possible (28 days for Moderna, 21 days for Pfizer)

For recipients of WHO-approved vaccines listed for emergency use

  • If you completed an initial vaccine series, you are considered fully vaccinated.
  • If it has been more than 5 months since you completed your initial dose series and you are 18 or older, you should get a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
  • If you completed just part of a series, you should seek a complete, FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series. You should wait until it’s been at least 28 days since your last dose to begin an FDA-authorized vaccine series.

For recipients of non–WHO-listed or FDA-authorized vaccine

  • If you received all or part of a vaccine that is not currently authorized by the FDA or granted emergency use listing by the WHO, you should seek a complete, FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series. You should wait until it’s been at least 28 days since your last dose to begin an FDA-authorized vaccine series.

You must receive all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 initial vaccine series to be considered fully vaccinated.

Last updated 11:12 AM, January 19, 2023

Where and when can I be tested?

At-home antigen testing kits continues to be offered at no cost to students and employees. Check the testing website for more information, including test site hours.

Students who are symptomatic and need to see a provider can make an appointment at University Health Services.

Employees should contact their health care provider for further guidance if symptoms continue or worsen.

Last updated 2:06 PM, January 11, 2023

Can my family member or friend who is traveling with me to Madison get tested for COVID-19 on campus?

No. Family members can find off-campus testing options through Public Health Madison and Dane County or by visiting the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website for a list of community and private providers, including pharmacies. The CDC also has information on where to find no-cost COVID-19 testing locations.

 

Last updated 3:09 PM, January 26, 2023