Quarantine, testing, exposure protocol and vaccine requirements for OSU campus

​​​​​The following is simplified information to answer the main questions that international students have. For full information, please see the links at the bottom of this page. 
Effective November 8, 2021, all non citizen nonimmigrant travelers entering the US by air must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding the plane. 
Oregon State University has a COVID-19 vaccine requirement that began September 15th, 2021 for students and employees who learn, work or engage onsite at any OSU location. This includes a booster shot requirement.

Here are some highlights to aid you with planning for the vaccine:

  •  You must be fully vaccinated to travel to the US. This is a Border and Customs requirement set by the US government. 

  •  Exemptions to the requirement are available.

  • Students remaining outside the US are not required to be vaccinated.

  • If you have tested positive for COVID in the past, the vaccine is still required.  

OSU immunization requirements: 

The university requires proof of vaccine before registering for classes. Submit your vaccine card on the Patient Portal along with your other required vaccinations. 

Submit your vaccine card or exemption here

The COVID-19 vaccination requirement is separate from OSU’s existing student immunization requirements. All other immunizations must be completed before you can register. 

Immunization Requirements for New Students

Call Student Health Services for an appointment time to get a COVID-19 vaccine at +1-541-737-9355

If you want to schedule a vaccine off-campus, please book an appointment here

Details of CDC vaccine requirements for arriving students

  • You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA / WHO approved vaccine to travel by air to the U.S.

  • Fully vaccinated = 14 days after your final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (1st dose of a single-dose series or 2nd dose of a two-dose series)

  • COVID-19 Vaccines approved by FDA / WHO:

    • Pfizer

    • Moderna

    • AstraZeneca

    • Covishield

    • Sinopharm

    • Sinovac

    • Johnson and Johnson

  • CDC allows for a combination of vaccine brands (e.g., Pfizer, Moderna) with 17 days between doses.

  • See here for acceptable forms of proof of vaccination.

  • Exceptions to the vaccination requirement include:

    • Children under the age of 18

    • Citizens of countries with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability (full country list here)

    • Other exceptions are detailed here.

  • International travelers also need a recent negative COVID-19 test in addition to proof of vaccination.

  • Read more details here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html#covid-vaccines

What to do if you get sick while on campus

  • Regardless of vaccination status:
    • If you test positive but have no symptoms, quarantine for 5 days. Follow the instructions below.
    • If you test positive and do have symptoms, quarantine for 5 days and remain in quarantine until you have no fever for 24 hours. Follow the instructions below.

Instructions: Begin isolating yourself immediately. Email all of your instructors to discuss your class options. Contact the INTO OSU COVID Ambassador ([email protected]) for support. Complete the form at the link below:

I'm sick or was exposed

OSU Quarantine Guidelines

What to do if you are exposed to someone else who is positive with COVID-19
  • If you're unvaccinated: Quarantine for 5 days, get a COVID test immediately and again at the end of your quarantine. Contact your advisor. 
  • If you're vaccinated: You do not need to quarantine. Get a COVID test 3-5 days after exposure to sick person. 

*If your teacher tests positive for COVID-19, they will email your ONID account and let you know how to continue the class remotely. Follow the quarantine and testing instructions above. 

Do you have a COVID exposure or COVID symptoms? Staff, Faculty, and students can submit this form to our COVID Ambassador and Care Coordinator, Samhita Dixit. 

COVID-19 Form