Current International Travel Guidance

Updated June 29, 2017

TRAVEL BAN UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court announced on June 26, 2017, that it will review the federal administration’s travel ban executive order affecting nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The travel ban had been placed on hold by lower courts.

Until its review can occur this fall, the Supreme Court is allowing some aspects of the travel ban to be implemented, with limitations. The partial implementation of the travel ban begins taking effect at 5 p.m. Pacific time on June 29, 2017.

Stanford continues to stand in full support of its international and immigrant communities. Campus resources have been mobilized to contact current and incoming students and scholars with the latest information, provide documentation to assist with their travel, and connect those with questions to attorneys who can provide further assistance.

Both currently registered and incoming students and scholars from the six countries who have questions or need assistance should contact the Bechtel International Center (travelban@stanford.edu), which is serving as a central information source and is providing referrals to free legal consultations as needed.

In its announcement, the Supreme Court said the partial travel ban “may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” Both the court and the federal administration have said that would include students from the designated countries who have been admitted to a U.S. university. In addition, the federal administration has defined the family relationships required for “a bona fide relationship with a person in the United States” that would exempt someone from the six countries from the travel ban.

By its terms, the travel ban executive order does not apply to lawful permanent residents of the United States.

Because of the complexities involved, individuals from the affected countries who have travel planned, or who otherwise have questions or need assistance, are encouraged to contact the Bechtel International Center, above. Stanford will assist current and incoming members of its community with documentation to help facilitate travel and entry into the United States.

Following are links to additional information posted by the U.S. government:

Information from U.S. State Department

Information from U.S. Department of Homeland Security

State Department briefing on implementation of executive order

This page provides Stanford University’s latest travel guidance for members of the Stanford community in the wake of the executive orders issued by the federal administration and undergoing review by the courts. 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).
  • Stanford continues to strongly recommend that international students and scholars carry their immigration documentation with them for BOTH domestic and international travel.
  • 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.