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Preparation Steps for Healthy and Safe International Travel

May 01, 2024
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Dear U-M Community Members, 

As the end of Winter term approaches, many of you may be planning to travel internationally. To prepare for unexpected health, safety, or security situations, we encourage all U-M students and current faculty and staff traveling abroad to register their travel and enroll in travel abroad health insurance. Follow the steps below to ensure you have the resources and support you need. 

  1. Register your international travel with U-M:
    • Travel registration takes just minutes and allows U-M to quickly and accurately locate and assist U-M travelers abroad in the event of a health, safety, or security crisis. 
    • Travel registration is required for faculty, staff, and students on U-M Related Travel and is optional for those traveling for personal reasons.
  2. Ensure you are covered by GeoBlue, U-M’s Travel Abroad Health Insurance:
    • GeoBlue for U-M Related Travel
      • Students on international U-M Related Travel are required to be enrolled in GeoBlue while abroad. Some students will need to purchase travel abroad health insurance individually. For other students, the U-M office organizing the trip may decide to purchase travel abroad health insurance on their behalf. Students should always verify with their program prior to departure.
      • Current faculty and staff on international U-M Related Travel are automatically covered under the GeoBlue (Business Plan) (for up to 364 days) and can access an insurance card in the Travel Registry.
    • GeoBlue for Personal Travel 
      • U-M students and current faculty and staff traveling internationally for personal reasons can purchase GeoBlue (Leisure Plan) for $1.62 per day. Purchasing the insurance takes only a few minutes.
      • Partners, spouses, and dependents under the age of 26 traveling with you are also eligible for coverage.
  3. Review health and wellbeing resources offered through Global Michigan, CAPS (including Uwill virtual counseling services), and GeoBlue.
  4. Schedule a travel health consultation at UHS if relevant for your travel.
  5. Download the General Emergency Protocols document, which outlines steps and resources for U-M travelers abroad in need of emergency support from the university.

We wish you a safe and healthy journey wherever your travels may take you. 


Valeria Bertacco, Vice Provost for Engaged Learning

Patrick Morgan, Chief International Travel Safety Office, Office of the Provost