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COVID-19 Information at University of Maryland

COVID-19 Information at University of Maryland

Where do I find information about COVID-19 at UMD?

The university maintains the 4Maryland website that provides the UMD community updated information about COVID-19 and campus. Review this site for information on health, classes, testing, FAQs, statistics and many other important resources related to COVID-19.

Who can I email about health related questions?

For specific health related questions about vaccines or your particular situation email health@umd.edu. For general questions about the Covid protocols email healthconcerns@umd.edu.

Travel

Do I need to be vaccinated to enter the U.S.?

Yes, you will need to show that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before you travel by air to the U.S.  President Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation rescinding the existing regional COVID-19 travel bans effective November 8, 2021 at 12:01am EST, and implemented a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all non-U.S. citizens who are nonimmigrants in the U.S.. The following fact sheet summarizes the new policy.

Other helpful links include:

  • Department of State: Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing for International Travel
  • CDC: Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers

What Vaccines are accepted?

The CDC has confirmed that only vaccines approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted. 

If I enter through a land border is a Covid Vaccination required?

At this time, this proclamation applies only to air travel.  A separate Canada and Mexico land border travel policy is forthcoming. Reports indicate land border vaccinations will be required in January.

Are there any exemptions to the US travel Vaccination requirement?

Few exemptions exist for individuals traveling without full vaccination.  Some exemptions include:

If I qualify for a covid exemption for entering the US are there other protocols I need to follow?
 
Yes, if you are not fully vaccinated and allowed to travel to the United States by air through an exception: you are required to:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after arrival, unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
  • Stay at home or in your hotel room and self-quarantine for a full 7 days, even if you test negative, unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
  • Isolate if your test result is positive or you develop COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you intend to stay in the United States for 60 days or longer, you must become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within 60 days of arriving in the United States or as soon as medically appropriate, unless you have a medical contraindication or are too young to be vaccinated.

If I have a UMD Medical/Religious exemption does it permit me to enter the U.S. ?
 
No, exemptions granted by UMD are for the sole purpose of accessing the UMD campus. You will need to use official medical paperwork issued by your licensed medical doctor to enter the U.S. Also, the Presidential Proclamation does not currently include exemptions for religious or moral reasons.

Do I need a COVID test prior to boarding my flight to the US?

Yes, as of January 26, 2021 the U.S. government requires “all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days if fully vaccinated​.

Individuals who qualify for the US travel Covid exemption require a negative covid-19 test taken within one calendar day of departure. 

Will I be able to obtain a visa in time to come to UMD?

We hope that you will be able, but expect delays, especially as US travel ability expands.
The U.S. Department of State has resumed routine visa services in a phased-in process, based on local conditions. Check with the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest to you to find out more about their plans and about your options for scheduling an appointment for a visa interview. It may be difficult or impossible to get a visa within the time period of your planned trip. One option to research is whether you can apply for a visa by mail or drop-off (in cases not requiring an in-person interview). The Department of State recently expanded visa interview waivers for F and academic J categories . 

In some cases, the option to schedule a visa interview through “expedited processing” may be available. Many embassies and consulate offices prioritize F1/J1 student appointments, inquire about such accommodations.

Students/scholars who need a visa to return to the U.S. are encouraged to consult with an ISSS advisor before making travel arrangements/p>

What do I need to be aware about as I travel to other countries other than the U.S.?

Like the U.S., many countries have entry restrictions or pandemic safety requirements, including what types of facial coverings are required and when they must be worn. Countries may bar entry from certain countries and/or may require quarantining, testing, or vaccinations before or after arrival. These rules will continue to change as country conditions and policies change. Be prepared that rules may change while you are in transit or during your trip. If you plan to travel, continue to monitor the situation and guidelines in case they do change. Be prepared for unexpected delays and have funds to cover mandatory quarantine rules or any additional travel expenses (e.g., if you have an issue obtaining a negative COVID test).

The best source of information regarding a country’s current COVID rules can be found on the official government websites for the countries you plan on traveling to or through. Other resources may also be helpful, including information from the CDC, the U.S. State Department and the International Air Transport Association.

Curricular/Optional Practical Training Concerns

My CPT internship will be remote. Is this permitted and what address should I enter?

Through the end of the spring 2022 semester, remote work is still permitted. Enter the employers address in the employers address section of the CPT request form and include the address where you will conduct the remote work (for example your home address) in the remarks section. ISSS will include both addresses when we communicate your CPT authorization to SEVP.

I’m on OPT and I’m working remotely due to COVID-19. Do I need to update my SEVP portal?

Remote work while on OPT is permitted.  You should continue to report the physical address of your employer in the address field of your employer and not your home address. You can reference your remote work in the work descriptions or keep records of the agreed upon remote work arrangement. Keep in mind any update to a position must be reported in the SEVP portal within ten days of a change, which includes termination, starting a new position or change in supervision

I have more questions.

ISSS advisors are available through the following methods:

Updated 10/28/2021