Flights & Airport Arrivals

Flights & Airport Arrivals

The Richmond International Airport (RIC) is located approximately 7.5 miles /12 kilometers from VCU, about a 20-minute car ride. There are several services that will take you from the airport to the VCU campus:

  • RamAway provides free transportation to VCU students during most University holidays and semester breaks to and/or from the Richmond International Airport, Greyhound Bus Station and Amtrak at Main Street Station and Staples Mill Rd.
Reserve at https://parking.vcu.edu/transportation/ramaway/
  • Virginia Airlink
Reserve and pay online at http://virginiaairlink.com/shuttle/#go404
  • Public Cab Inc. Pay by cash or credit card.
Phone: (804) 248-0021
  • Metro Taxicab. Pay by cash only.
Phone: (804) 353-5000
  • Yellow Cab. Pay by cash only.
Phone: (804) 222-7300

Entering the United States

At the United States port-of-entry, an officer of the ICE department will review your documents, including the passport, visa stamp, important letters, and the I-20. The visa eligibility document (I-20) will be processed by the ICE, with a page returned to you along with a card directing you on how to print the I-94. The entry date listed in item #5 of the I-20 is the last possible day to use this form for initial entry to the United States. New students may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the indicated start date on the I-20.

You should ensure that you are traveling with the following documents as they will be needed upon entry into the U.S.:

  • Your original I-20 document
  • Your valid passport with visa
  • Admission Letter to VCU
  • Any additional documents supporting your education credentials

Additionally, be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What and where will you study?
  • Do you have family connections in the U.S.?
  • What are your plans for returning to your home country?
  • Where will you be staying in Virginia?