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Requirements

These requirements below provide general information for U-M travelers engaging in University of Michigan Related Travel (UMRT)

To determine whether you are eligible to travel to a certain country and to determine U-M travel requirements for that country, follow this U-M COVID-19 Travel Plan and Safety Plan Process Flowchart and read the country- specific requirements for international travel for your destination country on Global Michigan.

About the Vaccine Requirement

Students, faculty, and staff need to follow the U-M Vaccine requirement as described on the Campus Blueprint site. Students seeking exemptions to the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for medical or religious reasons must follow the process outline on the Campus Blueprint site.

Students are responsible for verifying they meet the requirement before traveling abroad. Please note that some countries require proof of vaccination to A) enter the country, or B) to be exempt from certain entry requirements, such as providing a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine upon arrival.

To verify entry requirements as they related to your vaccination status, visit the COVID-19 Country Specific Information page on the U.S. Embassy site of the destination country. This site provides an overview of requirements and typically provides direct links to the host destination’s entry requirement page.

Read the U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy here.

Undergraduate Student International Travel Requirements

Travel eligibility for students are outlined on this U-M COVID-19 Travel Plan and Safety Plan Process Flowchart. To determine whether your travel destination/s is a COVID-19 Low Risk, COVID-19 Medium Risk, COVID-19 Medium Risk, a U-M Travel Warning, or a U-M Travel Restriction, visit the U-M Travel Designation page, click on the continent where your travel destination/s is located and find your destination country.

Detailed requirements are below.

Travel to a U-M Restriction destination: Travel is prohibited at this time. 

Travel to a U-M High Risk destination: Travel is prohibited at this time (Rare exceptions for students on U-M Managed Programs approved by ITOC. Eligible students would be notified.)

Travel to a COVID-19 Low Risk, COVID-19 Medium Risk, or U-M Travel Warning destination: Undergraduate students on U-M Related Travel must complete the following requirements before travel:

  1. Register Your Travel
    Register travel with U-M and obtain U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance: https://global.umich.edu/travel-resources/register-your-travel/

    • For students who applied for their program through M-Compass, your program application is your travel registration. 
  2. Review Risk Designation Requirements
    Additional requirements depend on the risk designation of your specific travel destination/s within the country. 

  3. Follow the U-M Vaccination Policy
    Review the policy on the Campus Maize & Blueprint site
  4. Follow college/unit-specific travel approval steps, if any.
  5. Review the Considerations for International Travel During COVID-19, which includes:
    • Verifying your ability to enter a country and meeting additional COVID-19 entry requirements, if any. See the COVID-19 Country Specific Information of your destination/s to verify requirements. 
    • Having a financial and logistics plan in the event you must self-isolate / quarantine either before, during, or after your intended travel dates, which may mean delaying your return to the United States.

NOTES: 

  • Travel registration or Safety Plan/COVID-19 Travel Plan Approval does not imply travel approval by your college. Colleges may cancel travel at any time and colleges may have additional requirements for their travelers. 
  • Students who are on “Group Travel Abroad” do not need to register their own travel or complete a safety / travel plan since their sponsoring U-M department or the program leader will complete a GROUP Safety Plan for international travel (for Program Leaders) on the student participants’ behalf. Details are on the Global Michigan Register Your Travel page.

Graduate Student International Travel Requirements

Travel eligibility for students are outlined on this U-M COVID-19 Travel Plan and Safety Plan Process Flowchart. To determine whether your travel destination/s is a COVID-19 Low Risk, COVID-19 Medium Risk, COVID-19 Medium Risk, a U-M Travel Warning, or a U-M Travel Restriction, visit the U-M Travel Designation page, click on the continent where your travel destination/s is located and find your destination country.

Travel to a COVID-19 Low Risk, COVID-19 Medium Risk, COVID-19 High Risk, U-M Travel Warning, or U-M Travel Restriction destination:

  1. Register Your Travel
    Register travel with U-M and obtain U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance: https://global.umich.edu/travel-resources/register-your-travel/

    • For students who applied for their program through M-Compass, your program application is your travel registration. 
  2. Review Risk Designation Requirements
    Additional requirements for travel depend on the risk designation of your specific travel destination/s within the country: 

  3. Follow the U-M Vaccination Policy
    Review the policy on the Campus Maize & Blueprint site
  4. Follow college/unit-specific travel approval steps, if any.
  5. Review the Considerations for International Travel During COVID-19, which includes:
    • Verifying your ability to enter a country and meeting additional COVID-19 entry requirements, if any. See the COVID-19 Country Specific Information of your destination/s to verify requirements. 
    • Having a financial and logistics plan in the event you must self-isolate / quarantine either before, during, or after your intended travel dates, which may mean delaying your return to the United States.

Faculty & Staff International Travel Requirements

The U-M suspension of non-essential travel has been revoked, effective July 1 , 2021. Faculty and staff should follow school, college, unit specific travel approval steps, if any.

 Faculty and staff traveling internationally for U-M related purposes need to:

Details are available on the Global Michigan Travel Designations page. 

Additional Requirements for Group Travel Abroad

Definition: As described in the SPG 601.31 for International TravelGroup Travel Abroad refers to a cohort of for U-M Related Travel (UMRT) student participants on a trip that meets the following criteria: 

  • The group consists of a cohort of Student participants with similar program experience dates, itinerary, and related activities at the destination.
  • A group leader is assuming some responsibility for the group, such as supporting students and serving as the point of contact in the event of an emergency. The group leader can be a U-M student or a faculty or staff member who is leading the group within the context of their job responsibilities.
  • A U-M program organizer or a U-M group leader exercises some element of control by making travel logistic decisions on behalf of the participants, such as choosing accommodations and/or mode of transportation.

Helpful tools and resources for primary group leaders include:

Group Leader Action Items: 

The U-M faculty, staff, or student leading the group must:

  1. Visit the U-M Travel Designations page to determine the status of your travel destination/s. Travel eligibility for students are outlined on this U-M COVID-19 Travel Plan and Safety Plan Process Flowchart
  2. Determine whether your travel destination/s is a U-M COVID-19 Low Risk, U-M COVID-19 Medium Risk, U-M COVID-19 High Risk, U-M Travel Warning, or U-M Travel Restriction.
    1. Undergraduate student University of Michigan Related Travel (UMRT) is prohibited when there is a U-M Travel Restriction or U-M COVID-19 High Risk designation in place. Undergraduates may travel to a U-M COVID-19 Low Risk, U-M COVID-19 Medium Risk, or U-M Travel Warning destination if they meet the requirements listed on the “Undergraduate Student International Travel” drop down menu. 
    2. Graduate students on UMRT may travel to a U-M COVID-19 Low Risk, U-M COVID-19 Medium Risk, U-M COVID-19 High Risk, U-M Travel Warning, or U-M Travel Restriction destination if they meet the requirements listed on the “Graduate Student International Travel” drop down menu. 
  3. Ensure the group has registered their travel with U-M. 
    1. For groups where students applied for the experience through M-Compass, the program application in M-Compass acts as the travel registration and no further action is needed.
    2. For groups where students did not apply for the experience through M-Compass, the group leader or the U-M units sponsoring travel will need to submit a Student Group Travel Request Form, which is located on the Global Michigan Register Travel page. The Global Engagement Team will then register the group into M-Compass on your behalf.  Please note that travel registration does not imply travel approval and group leaders must follow step 2 to obtain School/College/Unit travel approval
    3. For questions about travel registration, please contact global.engagement@umich.edu.
  4. Submit a Group Safety Plan for travel to either a U-M COVID-19 Medium/High risk or a U-M Travel Warning / Restriction destination to be reviewed by the International Travel Oversight Committee. A Group Safety Plan is not required for a U-M COVID-19 Low Risk destination. Submit the safety plan at least 4 weeks before making any non-refundable purchases towards a trip in the event travel is not approved or must be postponed. The Group Safety Plan will ask group leaders to demonstrate their understanding of travel feasibility and outline travel and risk mitigation plans. Questions include but are not limited to the following: 
    1. Determine entry requirements / restrictions at the destination/s to understand whether the group is able to enter the country. To determine entry requirements / restrictions, visit the  US Embassy COVID-19 Specific Information for your Destination, including entry and exit regulations which links to immigration requirements of the host country. 
    2. Ensure that the activity does not violate any local, federal, state, or other guidelines, rules, orders, regulations, laws, and the like. Depending on the location, considerations may include admissible activities for leaving your home, public health guidelines (social distancing, capacity limits for enclosed or open spaces, facial coverings), etc. Resources are provided on the U-M COVID-19 & Travel page
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of risks and detail strategies to mitigate risks. 
    4. Follow CDC and U-M guidelines for returning to the U.S. from abroad. See CDC and U-M Campus Blueprint website for details.

COVID-19 Program Assessment

University of Michigan (U-M) units planning U-M Managed Programs have the option of completing a COVID-19 Assessment for U-M Managed Education Abroad Programs to be reviewed by the Global Engagement Team. The COVID-19 Assessment for U-M Managed Education Abroad Programs provides a list of considerations designed to assist U-M Education Abroad units in assessing the COVID-19 risk environment of a program location, the strength of in-country support networks, and contingency considerations. 

Please see instructions and links needed to complete the assessment here.

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NOTES: U-M travel guidelines do not apply to personal travelers, such as students, faculty and staff traveling back to their homes to live, visit family members, etc. This page will be updated with any changes to the U-M Travel Designations list. 

Please see the “COVID-19 and Travel” section for Frequently Asked Questions. For additional questions, please contact umich-itoc@umich.edu. 

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