This web page will be updated regularly with answers to frequently asked questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, particularly as they relate to our community of international students and scholars.

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International Student and Scholar Services is open Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in 1111 University Capitol Centre (UCC).

As always, you should feel free to contact ISSS by visiting ISSS Zoom and In-Person Walk-in Hours with any questions or concerns you may have. 

Updated: 07/29/2022

ISSS understands that this is a stressful time – especially for those of you deciding whether to travel internationally and wondering when you will be able to return. Please know that we are here to help in any way that we can. And if you need additional support, please do not hesitate to contact the sources below:


Students and Scholars:


Updated: 02/19/2021


There are no longer any COVID-19-specific restrictions for travelling to the U.S.

Updated: 05/17/2023

International students and scholars traveling outside the U.S. may be required to meet international travel requirements for countries requiring both COVID-19 PCR and IgM antibodies negative tests shortly prior to boarding a flight. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) offers these tests. Please expect to pay for these tests from your own pocket.

F-1 and J-1 Students: Students can have these tests arranged through Student Health. For information about these tests, please visit the Student Health website.

J-1 Scholars: Scholars can have these tests arranged by contacting their primary care provider or UI QuickCare.

Updated: 02/22/2022

If the CDC recommends COVID-19 testing for students arriving from an international destination, testing will be administered by Student Health

Updated: 02/22/2022