Information for International Students

Important Vaccine and Booster Information for Students Arriving from Outside the United States

Updated: January 2023

The CDC does not require air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight.

Please note: These protocols are subject to change.  Refer to the latest CDC guidance regarding Non-U.S. citizens and Non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the United States

For Spring 2023: All students must be fully vaccinated with a WHO authorized COVID-19 vaccine and receive a booster of either Pfizer or Moderna in order to be compliant with the UMD's vaccine requirement. We understand that a Pfizer or Moderna booster might not be available to some students.

Students on F1/J1 status who are beginning Spring 2023 will be given until February 17, 2023 to receive their Pfizer or Moderna booster.

Booster clinics will be available in late January/early February 2023.  Please check back here in January 2023 for details.  Appointments can be made at

If you are a student without a Pfizer or Moderna booster and you do not have an F1/J1 status, you will need to complete this form to receive a temporary individual exemption. 

Please note: As of 1/5/23, CDC will require a viral test for those coming from China, Hong Kong or Macau. For more information, visit

For students arriving in the U.S. who are up to date with a *WHO authorized vaccine:

  • Before arrival, and as soon as possible, please Submit documentation of your vaccination here. You can submit documentation of your booster here, as well.

  • It is strongly recommended that you get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after arrival unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.

  • No self-quarantine protocol is required, but you should self-monitor for symptoms, and test if you experience any symptoms.  If you have questions or concerns about potential COVID symptoms, please contact the HEAL Line at 301-405-4325.  If you test positive, you must report your result to

  • Please note: International COVID Vaccine Records require a physician's signature on the English translation. If your vaccine record already has an English translation pre-printed on it in addition to your native language, this is acceptable as long as the name of the vaccine and your name are written in English on the document. If English does not appear on the vaccine document, please translate the document and have your doctor sign and date each document.  This is the same process as required for your international immunization records.

  • All students, faculty, and staff will be required to remain up to date with the vaccine mandate by obtaining a mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine booster within 14 days of becoming eligible. You may upload your booster information at by clicking on “Enter My COVID-19 Vaccination Information.”  

  • Scroll down to see the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about COVID Boosters.

WHO Authorized COVID Vaccines

*The following vaccines have FDA EUA authorization and/or are WHO-authorized.


Vaccine Name










Johnson & Johnson





Covishield (ChAdOx1_nCoV-19)

Serum Institute India

Inactivated virus/Produced in Vero Cells

SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated (InCoV)


Inactivated virus/Produced in Vero Cells COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated/Coronavac™ Sinovac

Whole-virion inactivated Vero Cell

SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine, Inactivated (Vero Cell)/ COVAXIN Bharat Biotech, India
Recombinant nanoparticle prefusion spike protein formulated with Matrix-M™ adjuvant


NVX-CoV2373/Covovax D




For students who are not fully vaccinated but are allowed to travel to the United States by air through an exception, you may be required to attest to some or all of the following measures:

  • You are required to get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after arrival, unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
  • Call the UHC at 301-314-8180 if you need assistance with locating a COVID-19 test.
  • Stay at home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days, even if you test negative, unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
  • If you test positive, you must report your results at
  • You will need to isolate if your test result is positive or you develop COVID-19 symptoms.
  • You will need to provide documentation of your negative viral test in order to complete your 5-day quarantine. 
  • If you intend to stay in the United States for 60 days or longer, you must become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within 60 days of arriving in the United States or as soon as medically appropriate, unless you have a medical contraindication. 
  • UMD intends to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to students who need them as soon as they have completed the 5-day quarantine. 
  • Please reach out to the health center by emailing for guidance if you have any questions about your circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID Boosters

I was initially vaccinated with a WHO approved vaccine outside of the US. Which booster can I receive?

If it has been 5 months since you were vaccinated with all the recommended doses of a WHO authorized vaccine, you can get a single booster shot of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.  For more information, click here.  The UHC has appointments available for the Pfizer vaccine.

It has been less than 5 months since I completed my last dose of COVID vaccine abroad. What should I do?

If you received a dose of a WHO authorized vaccine outside of the US, you will need to wait to receive your first booster until you are eligible, which is 5 months after completing the initial COVID vaccine series.  Once you become eligible, please be sure to obtain your booster within 14 days. 

What boosters does UMD accept?

UMD will only accept a booster of mRNA vaccine, which includes either the Pfizer or Moderna booster.   If you already received a booster of another vaccine, and have questions, please complete this form for assistance.

Once I am eligible for a booster, how can I schedule an appointment for a vaccine?

A limited number of appointments for the Moderna Bivalent Booster are available at the UHC.  Please visit to schedule an appointment. If you do not see any appointments available, check back often.  We recommend that you schedule as soon as you become eligible.  

Is there any cost for the vaccine?

The COVID vaccine is free, and there is no cost to you.  If you have health insurance, please bring your insurance card with you to your vaccine appointment, as we do process your visit through insurance.