Travel Alerts

Airplane flying over cities and globeTraveling Outside the U.S?

Before traveling outside the U.S., it is advisable to check for travel alerts in the part(s) of the world you are traveling to. If you are traveling on official UAF business, a number of resources are available on the UA Travel Alerts page.

Learn About your Destination – information from the U.S. Department of State.

For specific information regarding travel by UAF – sponsored foreign nationals presently in the U.S. see our Travel Guidelines page.

 

U.S. citizens needing to apply for the U.S. passport: U.S. passports and international travel.

Department of State World Wide Cautions.

Updated Domestic Security Measures, what to expect, as of summer, 2017.  This advises what may be left in your carry-on bag.

Holiday Travel:  If you are traveling over the holiday season, whether internationally or within the U.S., you may wish to review 5 holiday travel tips from the Transportation Security Administration before leaving.  These tips are also valid when traveling at other times of the year.

UAF International Programs and Initiatives is closely monitoring information about the U.S. Presidential Executive Orders signed January 27, 2017, referred to as the travel ban, ongoing legal actions and the impact they may have on our international student and scholar community.

If you have questions, are concerned or need to talk with someone, the International Programs and Initiative staff are available for you.» If you are from one of the (now) 5 countries, please contact us before traveling outside the U.S.» The situation remains fluid based on the ongoing court challenges.

As we learn of any updates or new information, it will be posted to this page.

As of December 4, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the preliminary injuctions (court actions discussed below).» In general this means that persons from the designated countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen and additionally Chad, North Korea)» will be denied U.S. entry in the B-1 (Business) or B-2 (Tourist) categories.» This is country-dependent based on the September 24, 2017 Presidential Proclamation.» Citizens of these countries, will generally be ineligible for a visa or for admission to the U.S. in the B-1/B-2 status unless otherwise exempt, excepted or granted a waiver.» Other types of nonimmigrant visas may or may not be suspended, depending on the country.»» Please refer to the proclamation for specific information relating to each country as listed in the proclamation.» Special note for citizens of Iran: "Entry under valid student (F and M) and exchange visitor (J) visas is not suspended, although such individuals should be subject to enhanced screening and veting requirements." Iran is the only listed country with the F, M, J visa categories addressed and exempted specifically.» Special provisions also address citizens of Venezuela.

History/background:
On Friday afternoon, January 27, 2017, a Presidential Executive Order was signed preventing individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days (commonly referred to as a ban to entry). We have notified UAF students and scholars from these countries that they may need to avoid any international travel for the foreseeable future.» Iraq and Sudan were removed from the list.» However, citizens of Chad, North Korea and Venezuela are subject to the travel restrictions as well.

Over the weekend of January 28, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security Secretary announced the modification of the order for the entry of U.S. lawful permanent residents from these countries.

June, 2017:» the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the legal challenges and provided a partial easing of earlier court actions preventing the implementation of the Executive Order.

We have received no definitive information from USCIS regarding any change in the policy of processing of immigration benefits at this time.

Detailed information, including the NAFSA (Association of International Educators) travel advisory page with links to the text of the Executive Order, DHS Fact Sheet and DHS Secretary Kelly’s statement regarding entry of lawful permanent residents into the U.S., is available at NAFSA Travel Advisory.

Resources:
DHS Fact Sheet, dated January 29, 2017
DHS FAQ dated June 29, 2017
University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen’s message (PDF), January 30, 2017.
Presidential Actions provides list of all Presidential Executive Orders, Memorandum, and Proclamations.
NAFSA Travel Advisory provides updated information as it is available.» It also includes links to government documents issued, the status of legal challenges to the Executive Order and related appeals, current information received from USCIS regarding the processing of benefit applications, as well as analysis of what is taking place and possible impact on foreign nationals wishing to enter or currently in the U.S.» This link may be able to provide information to answer questions or concerns if it is available.»

Be sure to have your immigration documents with you, especially if traveling outside the greater Fairbanks area.» If you have concerns, please contact International Programs & Initiatives.