US to open border to fully vaccinated travelers starting Nov. 8

The United States will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries, including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, easing tough pandemic-related restrictions that started early last year. Under current rules, travel to the US is still banned from 33 countries, including all of the EU, China, Brazil and India. However, student visa holders can still travel to the USA through National Interest Exemptions, which applies to students with F-1 and M-1 visas beginning or continuing programs with start dates in August 2021 or after. READ MORE

UK makes it easier for more students to travel to the UK 

The UK government removed 47 countries and territories from England’s red list for travel restrictions, and recognized proof of vaccination from 37 additional countries, easing entry rules for passengers. The governments of Scotland and Wales have confirmed similar measures. READ MORE

International students may be awarded a US student visa without an interview

The US Department of State has announced that consular officers may waive in-person interview requirements for F-1 and M-1 student visas and student streams of the J-1 visa under certain conditions, particularly in visa waiver countries, for the remainder of 2021.