Latest News on J-1 Exchange Visitor Programs & COVID-19

This page will be update with news as we have it.

April 22nd 2022


To reduce introduction and spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Order. It requires all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 infection no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. For more information on this testing requirement, see the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions.


Presidential Proclamations effecting travel

The Presidential Proclamation 10052, which took effect on June 22, 2020, has not been extended and expired on March 31, 2021.  IENA were part of legal action which successfully challenge this and were granted exceptions in November 2020

U.S. Department of State Update on Presidential Proclamation 10052

Although IENA’s J-1 BridgeUSA programs are open, many consular sections at U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world are not yet able to operate at full capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and country-specific conditions. Travel restrictions are also being updated daily, and we encourage you to monitor pre-flight requirements for testing and quarantining in departure, connection, and arrival destinations.  If you are having difficulty scheduling an embassy appointment, our advice is to keep trying. Monitoring the embassy’s appointment scheduler or enquiring if you are eligible for an expedited appointment directly with the embassy are the options available to you. 

The situation is changing day-by-day and we encourage you to keep in contact with the U.S. Embassy in your home country to monitor updates to their visa services protocols and appointments.

There are many organizations, individuals, politicians, etc. who are all doing their best to advocate for these cultural exchange programs and alleviate the situation on a global scale.

This is a situation that is updated daily and we will continue to update you should anything arise.

Finally, for more information about COVID-19, look to the World Health Organization (WHO) web site at:

The UNWTO/IATA Travel tracker found HERE is an excellent tool for up to date travel information