• Travel arrangements

    Students must arrive at Hamline University by the program start date listed on the I-20 or DS-2019. You may enter the US up to 30 days before the program start; so make your travel plans accordingly.



    Plan to fly into Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Chicago O'Hare airport is approximately 7 hours from Saint Paul, so students should not arrive there. You may be traveling during a busy time of year, so it is best to make travel plans early. If you will be living on campus, check what days you are allowed to move into your room. This should be e-mailed to you or will be included in your welcome letter.


    Arrival Notification and Airport Pickup

    New international students with confirmed on-campus housing are eligible for free airport transport from Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport. Please contact the GEC at least two weeks before your arrival date to make arrangements.


    Taxi Services

    If you are not eligible for a free airport pick-up, there are a multitude of transportation options which serve the MSP airport. Hamline University is approximately 9 miles from the airport, with taxi fares averaging $27-$32. More information about Ground Transportation at MSP is available on the airport website.


    Entering the United States

    Make sure to have your passport, I-20 or DS-2019, and admission letter to Hamline University accessible in your carry-on luggage. You will need these to get through customs when you arrive in the United States. You should also bring these documents to the first day of international student orientation, as well as your I-94 card if you received one (most students currently have a digital I-94 record, unless they entered the U.S. at a land border, or last entered the U.S. before the system was digitized), which you will receive at the airport upon arrival into the US. If entering at a land border, when completing your I-94 card, make sure that you write your name exactly as printed on your passport.

    If you are bringing food or money into the US, please be aware that in some cases these must be declared at customs.

    For information about entry into the United States, you may visit the Customs & Border Protection website.


    Travel and COVID-19

    Regulations surrounding travel and COVID-19 may change quickly. You may be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, and if travel is not permitted between your home country and the United States, you may need to travel to a third country and remain there for a specified period of time before continuing on to the US. You are responsible for understanding and following the rules and regulations that pertain to you, and making your travel plans accordingly. We recommend consulting your local embassy as well as the following resources: 

     CDC: Travellers Prohibited from Entry 

     US Department of State: National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers 

    US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Requirement for Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test 

     US Department of State: COVID-19 Country Specific Information 

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