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Arrival Information

Students are responsible for their own travel to the United States and should make all necessary arrangements before arrival. Students required to participate in International Orientation were notified by International Education in June.

When you arrive at your first port of entry in the United States, it is important if you are entering on a non-immigrant visa that you inform the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) officer that you are here for the purpose of studying and show them your student visa even if you have a valid tourist visa or are traveling with a family member with a valid tourist visa. The CBP officer will then place an admission stamp in your passport with "D/S" or duration of stay and "J-1" / "F-1" depending on your visa type.

Arriving to the United States

Please read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage for International Travel during Covid-19 and the Virginia Department of Health’s webpage for travel-related requirements in Virginia.

Arriving to Richmond

Please refer to the Move-In Plan for important information about arriving to campus.

Getting to Campus

The closest airport to campus is Richmond International Airport (RIC). Students who fly into other airports will need to find transportation to Richmond via train or bus. Follow these directions to campus to get to the University by car, plane, train, bus, and public transportation. Be sure to fill out the arrival form on your New International Student Checklist (NISC) as soon as possible so we know when to expect you.

If your flight is delayed, please e-mail konsanit@richmond.edu or dtrinh@richmond.edu to inform us of your updated arrival time. All students will need to take their own transportation to the campus.

We realize that you may have difficulty booking an international flight that arrives in time for your designated move-in date. You may have to arrive early and spend a few nights in a local hotel.