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FAQs for Students Abroad

Exposure to and Limiting Public Health Risks:

I tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of travel, what do I need to do to travel abroad?
Students who have had COVID-19 within the previous 90 days may receive a “False Positive” COVID-19 result if testing again before travel. For destinations with an entry requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result, students should:
  1.  Research if they may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (e.g. your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before your travel date, a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official explaining your recovery, etc.). See the “What if I recently recovered from COVID-19” question on the CDC Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 page for details.
  2. Students should verify with the consulate of the destination country and research airline guidelines to determine if the documentation prepared meets entry requirements, learn if additional steps must be taken, or determine if travel must be delayed until entry requirements can be met. The COVID-19 Country Specific Information page of the U.S. embassy in your destination provides an overview of entry and exit requirements and typically provides direct links to the host destination’s entry requirement website. The CDC also provides guidance of how long to wait to travel after testing positive for COVID-19. As of May 1, 2022, the CDC suggest to NOT TRAVEL until a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date of your positive test was taken if you had no symptoms.
  3. Schedule an appointment to obtain documentation of recovery: For students scheduling an appointment with UHS for a COVID-19 test, UHS may provide you with a letter stating that you have recently had COVID-19 and are unable to provide a negative COVID-19 test result. Students can also contact their preferred medical practitioner or Non-UM travel clinics to determine if they can provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19.
  4. Students returning to the U.S. should review CDC guidelines that outline requirements for those who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days. Regardless of whether your destination country requires a documentation of recovery from COVID-19, you will likely need a documentation of recovery from COVID-19 if you are returning to the United States within 90 days of testing positive because of CDC requirements for entering the U.S. If this is the case, you should:
Please refer to the COVID-19 Testing through UHS webpage for the most up-to-date information.

 

SOMEONE ON MY STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

 

Just as classmates in Michigan have tested positive for COVID-19, it is also likely that someone on your study abroad program will test positive. Though there are specific protocols on U-M’s campus (see the U-M Health Response website), the protocols may differ in another country. Because of this, you will need to follow local public health protocols which may or may not include:

  • Follow local testing guidelines, which may include getting tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you do not have symptoms, and following any masking or social distancing requirements if isolation is not mandatory for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. 
  • Make arrangements with classes or other in-person obligations if isolation is needed
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 following the initial exposure, follow all local public health guidelines and use the GeoBlue Travel Abroad Health insurance if medical assistance is necessary. Note that GeoBlue includes a post-departure trip interruption benefit that may cover some costs. See GeoBlue & COVID-19: What To Know Before you Travel for details. Details are within the “I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 WHILE ABROAD, WHAT SHOULD I DO?” FAQ

MY ROOMMATE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

 

Just as roommates in Michigan have tested positive for COVID-19, it is also possible that a roommate abroad will test positive. Though there are specific protocols on U-M’s campus (see U-M Health Response), the protocols may be different in another country. Because of this, you will need to follow local public health protocols which may or may not include:

  1. Contact the person abroad who is organizing housing, such as the local university contact or study abroad provider contact. They can provide you with an overview of options and protocols.  
  2. Students can learn more about isolation and quarantine by reviewing the guidelines from the CDC and reading the “Protect Yourself” section of the CDC advice for caring for someone sick at home.
  3. Follow local guidelines if you have had exposure to your roommate, which may include getting tested 5-7 days after your exposure, even if you do not have symptoms, and following any masking or social distancing requirements if isolation is not mandatory for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.
  4. If you test positive for COVID-19 following the initial exposure, follow all local public health guidelines and use the GeoBlue Travel Abroad Health insurance if medical assistance is necessary. 

I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 WHILE ABROAD, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

 

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should contact the person abroad who is organizing housing, such as the local university contact or study abroad provider contact. They can provide you with an overview of local public health guidelines and next steps. Next steps may include:

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO OR HAVE SYMPTOMS OF MPV (MONKEYPOX)?

 

For further information, please refer to the University Health Services (UHS) guidance on monkeypox.

  • Isolate yourself from others (including pets).
  • Cover skin lesions as best as you can. Wear long sleeves and long pants to avoid contact with surfaces or other people.
  • Wear a surgical mask.
  • Contact a health care provider right away. A health care provider can help you get tested for monkeypox and determine your next steps.
  • Use the GeoBlue Travel Abroad Health Insurance if medical assistance is necessary.

Refer to this fact sheet on what to do if you have been exposed by the Washtenaw County Health Department.

THERE ARE INCREASED PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES WHERE I AM STUDYING, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

 

The coming and going of increased public health guidelines can be understandably frustrating. During these situations, the well-being of our travelers is of the utmost importance, and U-M asks that all travelers follow local public health guidelines for their own well-being and for the well-being of others. Public health guidelines abroad adapt as illnesses and diseases spread, just as they do in the U.S. As cases increase, it is possible that additional public health guidelines will be implemented such as masking, social distancing, curfews, limits to people in enclosed spaces, and temporary closures of business or activities, such as classes or non-essential activities. With this in mind, it is possible that in-person activities and gatherings will be temporarily suspended. 

Entry/ Exit FAQs:

I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND PLAN TO FLY TO THE UNITED STATES SOON, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

 

If you tested positive for COVID-19 before returning to the United States, next steps may include:

  • Follow local public health guidelines for testing positive for COVID-19. 
  • Work with the on-site contacts to discuss isolation, food, and arrangements to receive daily necessities. There are factors that may determine what kind of support is available, such as whether you are living in dorms/university housing or a self-chosen apartment, whether you are studying directly with a university or with a study abroad provider, etc. Note that GeoBlue includes a post-departure trip interruption benefit that may cover some costs. See GeoBlue & COVID-19: What To Know Before you Travel for details. 
  • Use the GeoBlue Travel Abroad Health Insurance if medical assistance is necessary. 
  • Contact the airline to see if the flight can be cancelled or changed.
  • Make arrangements with classes, work, or other in-person obligations that you may miss back in the U.S. (or your final destination). 
  • Maintain contact with your loved ones back home so they are up-to-date on your well-being and the timing of your return.
  • Isolation can be an understandably difficult experience. For emotional well-being support, there are several resources at your disposal: 
  • Contact U-M through emergency or non-emergency channels depending on the situation. Details are on the U-M Emergency Contact page on Global Michigan.
  • Once your immediate well-being, housing, and food needs are taken care of, you will need to plan to return to the U.S. (or your final destination). This means you will need to follow the exit requirements of your departure country. These requirements supersede any United States entry requirements (which also need to be followed). To determine exit requirements of your host country, you can:
    • Contact the person abroad who is providing support, such as the local university contact or study abroad provider contact. They may be able to provide you with an overview of options and protocols.  
    • Visit the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 Information page of your destination(s), which provides an overview of exit requirements and may link to the host country’s exit requirement websites. Otherwise, you may need to search for your country’s exit requirements online. 
    • Contact your U-M contact, who may be able to assist and walk you through next steps. 
    • Exit requirements may involve obtaining medical documentation that you have recently had COVID-19 and have recovered, since those who have recently had COVID-19 will most likely not pass a negative COVID-19 test. Though your host government’s exit requirements should detail specific requirements of this medical documentation, it will likely be similar to the CDC requirements which are listed on Part 2 Option B of this document
  • Follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for travel to the United States. Details are on the “Exit / Entry Guidelines” tab on Global Michigan.

I AM NOT ABLE TO ENTER A COUNTRY BECAUSE OF CHANGES IN THAT COUNTRY'S ENTRY REQUIREMENTS THAT RESTRICT TRAVELERS FROM MY COUNTRY FROM ENTERING, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

 

If a country restricts the entry of foreigners, you should: 

  1. Contact any need-to-know people involved with your travel, which may include a study abroad or internship advisor and any non-U-M person who is organizing or managing the experience. They may be able to provide insight into whether there are contingency plans to have remote learning options for the whole experience, or remote learning options in hopes that the country reopens its borders to international travelers and the in-person activities can resume.
  2. If there are no remote learning contingency plans, or the remote learning options are not satisfactory, explore other options such as enrolling in U-M classes (if you enrolled in on-campus courses as a backup option).
  3. Contact the airline to see if the flight can be cancelled or changed.
  4. Contact any housing accommodations (hotels, AirBnB, apartment, etc.) to see if the housing can be cancelled or the dates can be changed.

I WAS NOT ABLE TO BOARD MY FLIGHT OR ENTER THE DESTINATION COUNTRY BECAUSE I DID NOT COMPLETE ALL OF THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

 

Most countries have very specific entry requirements related to COVID-19 that each traveler must follow in order to be allowed into the destination country. If you do not meet the entry requirements, you may not be able to board your flight. If this happens, you should:

  1. Determine which entry requirements still need to be met. Entry requirements can change at any time and may include showing a specific type of negative COVID-19 test result, showing proof of being fully vaccinated, completing passenger locator forms, downloading certain public health apps, and possibly quarantining upon arrival. Visit the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 Information page of your destination(s), which provides an overview of requirements and links to the host country’s entry requirement websites.
  2. Complete the entry requirements. 
  3. If completing the entry requirements takes time, such as obtaining a specific type of negative COVID-19 test, the traveler may have to postpone travel until able to meet the entry requirements of the host country. In this instance, steps may include:
    1. Contact the airline to see if the flight can be cancelled or changed.
    2. Contact any housing accommodations (hotels, AirBnB, apartment, etc.) to see if the housing can be cancelled or the dates can be changed.
    3. Contact any need-to-know people involved with your travel, which may include a study abroad or internship advisor and anyone who may be expecting you abroad. 
    4. Make arrangements if you are unable to attend in-person activities abroad, such as class or an internship, to see what alternatives, if any, can be made. 

Please contact umich-itoc@umich.edu if you have additional questions about your destination or if you would like additional resources.

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