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Travel to the US and Quarantine

International Student Arrival Guide

Get ready for your journey to the United States and prepare for your first weeks at UMBC! This guide shares what you need to know about arriving and settling in on campus. From useful resources, campus contacts to packing lists and where to buy necessities once you’re in the US; this guide has everything you’ll need!

Click here to download the Spring 2021 International Student Arrival Guide

Quarantine Guidelines

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that anyone traveling to the U.S. quarantine for 7 to 10 days upon arrival and get tested for COVID-19 within 3 to 5 days of arrival in the U.S.

Quarantine means:

  • Staying in one place
  • Separating yourself from others
  • Monitoring your health
  • Following all directions and guidelines from state and local health authorities

If you choose to quarantine in a U.S. state other than Maryland, please be aware that the State of Maryland has specific guidelines for quarantining upon entering Maryland. Those guidelines can be found here.

Public health recommendations and guidelines are subject to change. We encourage you to always refer to the website of the CDC and the Maryland Department of Health for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

Quarantine Support for Graduate Off-Campus Students

If you are unable to safely quarantine in your home in the U.S. or home of a family member or acquaintance upon arrival, you may apply to UMBC’s Graduate Student Association for financial assistance quarantine in a local hotel near UMBC and Baltimore Washington International (BWI) airport. To apply for financial assistance, you must complete the Spring 2021 International Student Arrival Survey located here. This survey has also been emailed to you. You will be contacted by IES with instructions on how to make your hotel reservation after you complete the survey.

Quarantine Support for On-Campus Students

Students who will be residing on campus should adhere to the health and safety protocols of Residential Life. For more information on their quarantine plan or to contact Residential Life with questions or concerns, please visit their website.

COVID-19 testing and approval to be on-campus

The CDC recommends that you are tested for COVID-19 within 3 to 5 days of arrival in the U.S.

  • Free tests are available at the Baltimore Convention Center as well as other sites across Maryland.
  • Baltimore County offers free ongoing COVID-19 testing. You can access sites and make appointments on this website. You do not have to be a Baltimore County resident to access the free testing.
  • UMBC is exploring the possibility of making COVID-19 tests available on campus to students. We will share more information about this option if and when it becomes available.

For the latest information about COVID-19 testing, please visit UMBC’s Retriever Ready website.