Health and Safety Issues
|For mental well-being support, there are several resources at your disposal:
GeoBlue Travel Abroad Health Insurance resources, including:
U-M resources, including
Your host program or host institution may also provide mental health resources or services.
|The “Submitting a Claim” page of your U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance Member Guide (accessible at https://uhs.umich.edu//tai/#info in the “How to purchase/sign in” section under the appropriate purpose for travel) outlines several ways to submit a claim:
To check the status of your claim, contact GeoBlue for assistance:
|Some requirements must be met at your port of entry, while others may be required prior to boarding your destination-bound flight (see “What do I need to do to be able to enter or exit my destination” in the FAQs for Travel Planning section for relevant information). These requirements may include having a passport, visa if needed, and meeting other relevant health requirements (vaccines such as COVID-19 or Yellow Fever). Additionally, entry requirements can change at any time. If you are denied entry because you are unable to fulfill entry requirements, you must determine which requirements still need to be met and complete them. Neither U-M nor the U.S. government has any influence over this process. If completing the entry requirements takes time, such as obtaining a specific legal document from a specific source, the traveler may have to postpone travel until able to meet the entry requirements of the host country. In this instance, steps may include:
|Follow your host destination’s regulations, protocols, and guidance for exposure. The Department of State’s COVID-19 Country Specific Information pages offers a starting point to learn about these. General guidance can be found on the CDC’s What to Do If You Were Exposed to COVID-19 and COVID-19 Testing: What You Need to Know webpages.
If your roommate tested positive, inform relevant program and/or housing contacts, who may be able to provide you with an overview of protocols and options. If you test positive for COVID-19 following exposure, refer to the relevant FAQ below.
|Though most countries have removed or reduced their exit requirements related to COVID-19, some countries still require travelers to have a negative COVID-19 test to exit their country. Follow your host destination’s regulations, protocols, and guidance for testing positive. The Department of State’s COVID-19 Country Specific Information pages offer a starting point to learn about these. General guidance can be found on U-M Health Response and the CDC’s COVID-19 Testing: What You Need to Know webpage.
Follow the CDC’s “Before You Travel to the U.S.” guidance on their International Travel to and from the United States during COVID-19 webpage, including “do not travel as long as you test positive.” Following these guidelines is expected under the University of Michigan Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
Use the GeoBlue Travel Abroad Health Insurance if medical assistance is necessary. For students on UMRT, the GeoBlue student plan includes a Post-Departure Trip Interruption benefit that may cover some costs associated with transportation and/or lodging and incidentals.
Additional logistical steps to take may include:
Once your immediate health and logistical needs are taken care of, you will need to plan to meet the exit requirements of your departure country. These requirements supersede any destination’s entry requirements (which also need to be followed). To determine exit requirements of your host country, you can:
Contact your U-M contact, who may be able to assist and walk you through the next steps.
|For U.S.-bound travelers, the CDC no longer requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding your return flight. (NOTE: However, non-U.S. citizens / non-U.S. immigrants are required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to boarding their U.S.-bound flight.) Instead, the CDC recommends the following:
Though the CDC no longer requires a negative COVID-19 test to return to the United States, some countries or airlines may still require testing to leave the country. For complete CDC COVID-19 travel regulations and recommendations, visit the CDC’s International Travel to and from the U.S. During COVID-19 webpage.
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