The “ban on travel to the United States” is lifted, and Chinese students can fly directly to the United States from August

The U.S. Department of State’s official website announced on April 27 that the State Department issued an updated notice: “Effective August 1, students with F/M visas will no longer be affected by the “travel ban to the United States” and will be able to fly directly from China to the United States.”

Officials indicate that students with valid F-1 and M-1 visas will no longer be subject to the travel ban for the fall 2021 semester and will be able to take direct flights into the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the start of the semester.

The lifting of the F/M visa travel restrictions will include Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom and Ireland, in addition to China.

Students with valid F-1 and M-1 visas will not be affected by the travel ban for the fall 2021 semester and will be able to enter the U.S. on non-stop flights within 30 days before the start of the school year, no longer requiring a 14-day layover in a third country.

Some analysts point out that this is undoubtedly the biggest substantial good news for the international student community in the near future. Only for students trying to apply for a new F-1 or M-1 visa will have to wait for the resumption of visa operations at the U.S. Embassy in China.

However, judging from the introduction of this new policy today, it shows that the U.S. government has already started to deal with the issue of international students returning to school in the fall, and there may be an opportunity to resume student visa business in China in a very short period of time.