Current International Travel Guidance

Updated March 27, 2017

UPDATE ON TRAVEL BAN AS OF MARCH 16, 2017: Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have issued orders freezing implementation of the key sections of the March 6 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 in light of this latest development should contact the Bechtel International Center (travelban@stanford.edu), which will provide referrals to free legal consultations as needed.

Stanford strongly recommends that international students and scholars carry their immigration documentation with them for both domestic and international travel. Also, all students, faculty and staff traveling internationally are encouraged to register their travel plans with the Office of International Affairs. Registering allows Stanford to be aware of individuals who may need assistance if events occur that may jeopardize their safety, security, legal rights or health.

Links to information on one’s rights at the border and at airports, including digital privacy while traveling, are available on the website of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic of Stanford Law School. The Information Security Office also has guidelines for protecting digital information while traveling internationally.

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).

We know that the current circumstances are extremely distressing and stressful for many members of our community. Stanford is working continually to obtain the latest information and to provide it those in our community who are trying to navigate a complex and quickly fluctuating situation. We will be in continuing contact with our international community and will work to provide the most effective support possible.

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, attend one of the open house advising sessions that the Bechtel International Center is holding on Friday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. These sessions will provide more information for (1) non-U.S. citizen students considering travel abroad and (2) faculty and researchers who have partnerships with scholars in other countries. Check the Bechtel International Center website for the scheduling details for these Friday afternoon sessions.
  • 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.