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Warnings & Restrictions

The U-M International Travel Policy (SPG 601.31) applies to faculty, staff and students traveling outside of the United States for University of Michigan Related Travel (UMRT), which may include but is not limited to, study, research, internships, service, conferences/presentations, teaching, performances, or athletic competitions. The U-M International Travel Policy includes specific requirements for students traveling to U-M Travel Warning or Travel Restriction destinations. Specific details are outlined in the Faculty & Staff, Graduate Student, and Undergraduate Student sections below. 

U-M Travel Warning destinations: The following countries are under a U-M Travel Warning, meaning undergraduate students and graduate students on UMRT must follow the Safety Plan approval process:

  1. Antarctica 
  2. Bermuda 
  3. Brunei 
  4. Curacao 
  5. Dominica 
  6. Grenada 
  7. Macau 
  8. Malaysia 
  9. Mauritius 
  10. New Caledonia 
  11. New Zealand 
  12. Palau 
  13. Saint Kitts and Nevis 
  14. Saint Lucia 
  15. Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
  16. Taiwan 
  17. Thailand

U-M Travel Restriction destinations: Every other country not listed above is under a U-M Travel Restriction until further notice, meaning undergraduate students prohibited from travel and graduate students on UMRT must follow the Safety Plan approval process.

For U.S. Off-Campus Engaged Learning Guidance for U-M Students during COVID-19, see Engaged Michigan for updates.

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 Warning or U-M Travel Restriction list. 

Faculty & Staff International Travel

Following President Schlissel’s April 20th COVID-19 update, all non-essential expenditures, including travel, are to be suspended until further notice.

To travel for essential business reasons, faculty and staff should request approval from their school/college/unit and ensure that the activity follows relevant stay at home regulations, including those related to human gatherings/in-person interactions. They should also register travel with the U-M: https://global.umich.edu/travel-resources/register-your-travel/

Graduate Student International Travel

Travel to a U-M Warning or Restriction destination: In instances where international travel is essential to the graduate student’s academic progress and where the research can only be completed at a specific location, graduate students can apply to the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) for travel approval. Approval will only be granted to graduate students who meet all of the following criteria and are able to:

  • 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), entry and exit regulations of your destination country/s, etc. Resources are provided on the U-M COVID-19 & Travel page
  • Obtain written verification from a U-M faculty or staff member indicating that the activity is academically essential and location specific. The simplest way to document this written acceptance is via email. 
  • Complete an Individual Safety Plan for International Travel application to be reviewed by ITOC.
  • Register travel with the U-M and obtain U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance: https://global.umich.edu/travel-resources/register-your-travel/
  • See Safety Plan approval process. for details.

Undergraduate Student International Travel

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

Travel to a U-M Warning destination: In instances where international travel is essential to the student’s academic progress and where the research can only be completed at a specific location, students can apply to the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) for travel approval. 

Approval will only be granted to students who meet all of the following criteria and are able to:

  • 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), entry and exit regulations of your destination country/s, etc. Resources are provided on the U-M COVID-19 & Travel page
  • Obtain written verification from a U-M faculty or staff member indicating that the activity is academically essential and location specific. The simplest way to document this written acceptance is via email. 
  • Complete an Individual Safety Plan for International Travel application to be reviewed by ITOC.
  • Register travel with the U-M and obtain U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance: https://global.umich.edu/travel-resources/register-your-travel/
  • See Safety Plan approval process for details.

Please note: Students who have applied for a U-M program through M-Compass will also complete the safety plan requirement within their M-Compass program application. 

Please see the “COVID-19 and Travel” section for Frequently Asked Questions and the Resumption of U-M Travel chart to learn when U-M Related Travel can resume. For additional questions, please contact umich-itoc@umich.edu.

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