Global COVID Entry Policy Updates for International Students

Where can you study abroad right now?

Last Updated 2nd November 2021 – this is for quick reference only, the policies are constantly changing and this may have some errors, please check the official links for further information. If you believe there is something that needs updating or any ideas on improving please let us know on the form here.

USA🟒*The national interest exemptions (NIEs) will now be extended to international students from all countries with valid F-1 and M-1 visas intending to begin or continue an academic programme commencing 1 August 2021 or later.NAFSA Link
UK🟒*Two categories: low risk and red list. Low risk countries: You need to be fully vaccinated before, or take COVID tests. If you're from a red list country you need to quarantine for 2 weeks. Link
Canada🟒*Students can enter with a negative COVID test within 72 hours of start of travelling, valid student visa, attending an institution with an approved COVID 19 readiness plan. No quarantine needed if you have an approved vaccine. Otherwise 14 days quarantine.Link
AustraliaπŸ”΄Not allowed to go to Australia now but 250 students per week may soon be able to return to Australia under an approved international student arrival planLink
ChinaπŸ”΄Students are not allowed to enter China. There are some exceptions for students from South Korea, and those studying at New York University Shanghai , Tianjin Juilliard. Link
Spain🟒*International students are exempted from the temporary travel restrictions to Spain, regardless of nationality or place of residence. You are allowed to enter into Spain if the corresponding visa documents have been issued and the entry must take place during the academic year or 15 days before.Link
Taiwan🟠As of August 2021, the Taiwan government is allowing overseas students pursuing degrees and the recipients of the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship in the new semester to apply to enter Taiwan.Link
Entry Process
Singapore🟠Students need to apply for a student's pass. All countries/regions allowed except whose 21-day (for arrivals before 7 Oct 2021) or 14-day (for arrivals from 7 Oct 2021) travel and transit history before arrival in Singapore includes any of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.. All students need be vaccinated.Link
France🟒*All vaccinated and non-vaccinated international students from Green, Orange and Red classifications can enter the country. Non-vaccinated international students from the β€œorange” list countries are required to quarantine for 7 days upon arrival and undergo a second PCR test at the end of the isolation period. Non-vaccinated travellers from the β€œred” list countries are required to enter quarantine for 10 days (supervised by security forces) upon arrival in France and must provide proof of the address of the home or a suitable accommodation (hotel or similar) for quarantine. Link
South Korea🟠International students are allowed to enter, with the exception of 26 countries where COVID-19 variants are spreading fast - until Korea has reached at least 70% of the population first vaccination. This has now been reached and the country is set to gradually phase out coronavirus restrictions starting next month (Nov 2021). Students need to take 3 covid tests, one on arrival, one on day 1, and another after 14 days self-isolation.Link
70% now vaccinated
Hong Kong🟠There are currently three Group categories: Group A specified places (High-risk), Group B (medium-risk), and Group C (low-risk). Only fully-vaccinated international students from Group B specified places (Medium-risk), and international students from New Zealand (Group C - Low-risk) are allowed entry to the country. International students will undergo compulsory quarantine of 7-14 days in a designated quarantine hotel. Link
New ZealandπŸ”΄Border is closed except to NZ citizens and residents, and up to 250 PhD and postgraduate students, and up to 1,000 bachelor and postgraduate students may be eligible for this exception to our border restrictions if they hold, or have held, a visa to study in New Zealand and they have been nominated by their education provider. Link
Italy🟒*International students are allowed to enter the country. While a COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory for entry to Italy, proof of vaccination may facilitate exemptions from entry, test certificate, and quarantine requirements depending on the travel history.Italian
Russia🟒*All international citizens can enter Russia with studying purposes. 20th August. News that international students will be able to enter Russia. Negative test needed on arrival. Isolation and negative test needed after 3 daysLink
Switzerland🟠International students that are applying for long term degrees can enter the country. Students are not permitted to enter Switzerland for education and training courses that last less than 90 days. In order to enter the country, they will need the assurance of a residence permit or an entry permit with a visa issued by Switzerland. Link
Dubai🟒*All international students are allowed entry to Dubai, and must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.Link
Ukraine🟒*To enter Ukraine, foreign citizens and stateless persons will only need to present a certificate of receipt of a single dose of the coronavirus vaccine. As before, foreign citizens and stateless persons may also enter Ukraine and not go into self-isolation if they have a negative COVID-19 PCR test or a negative coronavirus antigen test performed within 3 days after crossing the state border.Link
Turkey🟒*All international students can enter the country, but those that will come from "Dark Red Countries with a student certificate to be notified by the National Education and Culture Ministry or to register as a new student will be able to enter the country on the condition that they spend 14 days in central quarantine."Rules
JapanπŸ”΄Only Japanese nationals and residents may go to Japan.Phased Measures
Border Info
Austria🟒*All international students are allowed entry to the country.Link
ArgentinaπŸ”΄International students can only enter the country starting from November 1, 2021.Spanish
IndiaπŸ”΄No students are allowed to enter the country, other than Indian nationals. Link
Thailand🟒*International students can enter Thailand. All travelers must obtain a Certificate of Entry in order to enter the country. Please go to to request the COE.Embassy
IndonesiaπŸ”΄International students are still not allowed to enter the country.Bahasa
Brazil🟒*International students are allowed entry to the country. (Ban was lifted on 5th Oct 2021)Link
Lifted Travel ban
Qatar🟠Three lists: Green, Red and Exceptional red. International students can enter the country, apart from unvaccinated from "Exceptional Red Countries" (India, Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Kenya, Sudan)..Info
Philippines🟠International students from all countries, other than those from or who have been from Latvia, are allowed entry to the Philippines. All passengers coming from or who have been to the Red List countries (currently Latvia is in the list) within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines shall be prohibited from entering the country.Link
Denmark🟒*International students from all countries are permitted entry to the country. As of October 25, 2021, entry from countries which are considered by Denmark as COVID-19 high-risk countries are to be tested and isolated immediately after entry.Link
Ireland🟒*All international students are allowed to enter the country. Most higher education institutes and English language schools are teaching through a mixture of online and face-to-face classes depending on the situation with COVID-19.Link
Germany🟒*Entry is possible from within the EU, Schengen associated states, and a list of EU approved countries. Students from high risk countries can enter without quarantine if they are vaccinated with Moderna, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca or J&J at least 14 days before and test negative before boarding. If they are not vaccinated, they need 10 days in quarantine which can end after 5 days with a negative test on day 5.Link


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