Current International Travel Guidance

Updated May 25, 2017

TRAVEL BAN ON HOLD: The federal administration on March 6, 2017, issued a new travel ban executive order that rescinded and replaced its Jan. 27 executive order. The new order was to have taken effect March 16, limiting entry to the United States for nationals of six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — removing Iraq from the original list. The order was set to apply to individuals from the six countries who were outside the United States as of March 16 and did not currently hold a valid visa. Legal permanent residents of the United States were exempted from the order.

However, federal courts have issued orders freezing implementation of the key sections of the travel ban executive order. This website will be updated with further information as it becomes available. Students and scholars with questions about their immigration matters should contact the Bechtel International Center (travelban@stanford.edu), which will provide referrals to free legal consultations as needed.

While the travel ban is reviewed by the courts, Stanford strongly recommends that international students and scholars carry their immigration documentation with them for both domestic and international travel.

This page provides Stanford University’s latest travel guidance for members of the Stanford community in the wake of the executive order issued on March 6, 2017, which had been scheduled to take effect on March 16, 2017. Anyone with a need for urgent consultation should contact the Bechtel International Center (email travelban@stanford.edu).

While individuals must make their own decisions about international travel, this page offers guidance to the Stanford community based on what we currently understand in a fluid situation, along with information about obtaining additional assistance and consultation. The page will be updated as circumstances change.

For faculty, staff and students, Stanford recommends the following:

  • If you are a national of any of the six countries specified in the March 6 executive order (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) and are considering travel outside the United States, please contact the Bechtel International Center (email travelban@stanford.edu) in order to set up a consultation with an immigration attorney to discuss your specific situation.
  • Regardless of whether you are a citizen of the six designated countries or not, you are encouraged not to travel to any of the six designated countries at the present time. This guidance also applies to U.S. citizens, given the uncertain nature of the current situation.
  • If you are a non-U.S. citizen from any country other than the six designated countries and are considering other international travel, keep in mind that you may experience delays upon returning to the United States. If you have specific concerns about the risks of international travel, contact the Bechtel International Center (email travelban@stanford.edu).
  • If you expect to travel internationally, remember that Stanford continues to offer a travel registry through the Office of International Affairs. Registering, which is encouraged but not required, allows you to be reached in an emergency and allows Stanford to be aware of faculty, students and staff who may need assistance if events occur that may jeopardize their safety, security, legal rights or health.
  • If you are planning international travel in connection with your university responsibilities and have any concerns about traveling in the current environment, consult with your supervisor or faculty adviser about making alternate plans, or consult with an attorney about specific immigration issues of concern to you.

Stanford’s International Travel Policy contains broader ongoing guidance on international travel for members of the Stanford community.

Additional resources for the campus community are listed on the Immigration Issues and Resources web page.