How can I reunite with my partner?

Here are successful stories from couples separated by travel bans
These stories are individual experiences, not official guidelines

Kaiyi and Jose

China to United States of America (Georgia)




Seoul, Korea

Travelled on

November 25, 2020

  Covid test required  
  Mandatory quarantine  
  US student visa     Form I20  

After 264 days separation, we finally reunited!

We live together in the US until I left this country in March due to covid. And because of the Travel Ban (people who had stayed in China for the past 14 days may not allow to enter US) of US, I am not allowed flying US from China directly. 😩Therefore, I went to Cambodia for quarantine 16 days, then flow from there to Atlanta, transit in Korea.

To be honest, it didn't go very well. I had to do three covid tests there, and it cost me almost 500 USD. The locals were inefficient and bureaucratic, I had to tip the doctor to get the test I was supposed to get. My fellow passengers were forced to stay in government-operated hotels for more than 16 days, and some missed their flights and had to change their schedules. The hotel has been refusing to let people leave for various reasons, even calling police to surround the hotel. People feel intimidated, but there was no way to solve it, because the government and the hotel are a team, they just want people to stay in the hotel as long as possible, so that they can make more money.( almost 200 USD/day) its already difficult enough for us who wanna go back US due to such a long, expensive process. And experienced things like that just make it worse.😩 I got lucky, so I was able to maintain my original schedule.. The transition in Korea was very smooth, the staff already checked all the things and make sure we got everything we need before flying.

Eventually, we finally met up in the airport after 20+hours flight!! I ran to him and hugged him tight with tears😭

It was long way but it’s totally worthy!

Kaiyi  and Jose