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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), and includes requirements for students traveling to U-M Travel Warning or Travel Restriction destinations listed in the sections below. 

As detailed on the Campus Blueprint Travel FAQ, all non-essential travel remains suspended until further notice. Travel approval steps for UMRT are outlined in the Faculty & Staff, Graduate Student, and Undergraduate Student sections below and in the Safety Plan approval process flowchartBecause of COVID-19, most countries remain a U-M Travel Restriction and all undergraduate U-M related travel to U-M Travel Restriction destinations is prohibited.

U-M Travel Warning Destinations

U-M Travel Warning destinations: The following countries are under a U-M Travel Warning, meaning undergraduate students and graduate students on University of Michigan Related Travel (UMRT) must follow the requirements outlined under the Graduate Student and Undergraduate Student International Travel dropdown menus on this page. Requirements include following the Safety Plan approval process.  Last updated April 5, 2021.

  1. Australia
  2. Bermuda
  3. Bhutan
  4. Brunei 
  5. Dominica 
  6. Greenland
  7. Grenada
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Iceland
  10. Japan
  11. Macau
  12. Mauritius 
  13. Marshall Islands
  14. New Caledonia 
  15. New Zealand 
  16. Palau 
  17. Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories
  18. Saint Kitts and Nevis 
  19. Singapore
  20. South Korea
  21. Taiwan 
  22. Trinidad and Tobago
  23. Thailand
  24. Vietnam

Note 1: Countries designated as U-M Travel Warning destinations only take into account health and safety conditions, not entry requirements. Travelers must verify their ability to enter a country before planning travel. Each country above links to the U.S. COVID-19 Information page for that country which provides entry requirements / restrictions information. Additional resources are available on the Global Michigan COVID-19 & Travel resource section 

Note 2: The International Travel Oversight Committee reviews U-M Travel Warning and Restriction destinations on an iterative basis using a variety of sources, including: US Department of State Travel Advisories, CDC COVID-19 Risk Ratings, other non-U.S. government advisories, and U-M’s assistance provider’s risk ratings.  This Travel Warning list is subject to change and all travelers should build flexibility into their travel planning in the event that they must cancel.  Any country on this list may become a U-M Travel Restriction if the COVID-19 situation in that country deteriorates, which would make the country a U-M Travel Restriction. Undergraduate U-M Related Travel is prohibited to a U-M Travel Restriction. 

U-M Travel Restriction Destinations

U-M Travel Restriction destinations: Every country not listed as a U-M Travel Warning above is under a U-M Travel Restriction until further notice.

For U-M Travel Restriction destinations, undergraduate students are prohibited from travel and graduate students on University of Michigan Related Travel (UMRT) must follow the requirements outlined under the Graduate Student International Travel dropdown menu on this page. Requirements include following the Safety Plan approval process.   

Note: The International Travel Oversight Committee reviews U-M Travel Warning and Restriction destinations on an iterative basis using a variety of sources, including: US Department of State Travel Advisories, CDC COVID-19 Risk Ratings, other non-U.S. government advisories, and U-M’s assistance provider’s risk ratings. 

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Faculty & Staff Int'l Travel Requirements

As detailed on the Campus Blueprint Travel FAQ, all non-essential travel remains suspended until further notice.

To travel for essential business reasons, faculty and staff should:

  • Contact their school/college/unit to:
    • Verify their travel is essential and meets any unit-level financial policies
    • Ensure that they are following unit-specific travel approval steps, if any.
  • Register travel in the U-M Travel Registry
  • Ensure that the activity follows relevant health, security, and immigration regulations, including those related to COVID-19 health regulations and exit and entry requirements. To determine entry  requirements and detailed COVID-19 specific information, visit the COVID-19 Country Specific Information for your destination country.
  • For faculty and staff taking students abroad, see the “Additional Requirements for Group Travel Abroad” below.
  • Plan to 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 specific travel resources are available at the bottom of the COVID 19 & Travel webpage. Feel free to contact umich-itoc@umich.edu for additional information or to request country specific travel health and safety reports.

Graduate Student Int'l Travel Requirements

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:

  • Complete an Individual Safety Plan for International Travel application to be reviewed by ITOC. Please submit your safety plan at least 3 weeks before travel and ideally before making any non-refundable purchases towards a trip in the event travel is not approved or must be postponed. See an example Safety Plan here and  see the Safety Plan approval process for details.
  • Register travel with the U-M and obtain U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance: https://global.umich.edu/travel-resources/register-your-travel/
  • 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. 
  • Plan to follow CDC and U-M guidelines for returning to the U.S. from abroad. See CDC and U-M Campus Blueprint website for details.
  • Verify financial contingency plans in the event of unanticipated travel disruptions, which include but are not limited to:
    • Pre-departure flight cancellations in the event the COVID-19 situation in the destination country deteriorates, 
    • Early departure from the destination country in the event the COVID-19 situation in the destination country deteriorates,
    • Living costs associated with being in-country longer than intended in the event of border / airport closures, 
    • COVID-19 related costs, including quarantine costs, testing, etc. 
    • Please note the U-M Office of Financial Aid and the Dean of Students Office have limited to no emergency funds at this time.

Undergraduate Student Int'l Travel Requirements

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 activity 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:

  • Complete an Individual Safety Plan for International Travel application to be reviewed by ITOC. Please submit your safety plan at least 3 weeks before travel and ideally before making any non-refundable purchases towards a trip in the event travel is not approved or must be postponed. See an example Safety Plan here and  see the Safety Plan approval process for details.
  • Register travel with the U-M and obtain U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance: https://global.umich.edu/travel-resources/register-your-travel/
  • 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. 
  • Plan to follow CDC and U-M guidelines for returning to the U.S. from abroad. See CDC and U-M Campus Blueprint website for details.
  • Verify financial contingency plans in the event of unanticipated travel disruptions, which include but are not limited to:
    • Pre-departure flight cancellations in the event the COVID-19 situation in the destination country deteriorates, 
    • Early departure from the destination country in the event the COVID-19 situation in the destination country deteriorates,
    • Living costs associated with being in-country longer than intended in the event of border / airport closures, 
    • COVID-19 related costs, including quarantine costs, testing, etc. 
    • Please note the U-M Office of Financial Aid and the Dean of Students Office have limited to no emergency funds at this time.

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. 

Additional Requirements for Group Travel Abroad

Definition: As described on the SPG 601.31 for International Travel, Group Travel Abroad refers to a cohort of UMRT student participants with similar program experience dates, itinerary, related activities at the destination, and identical or related accommodations, for whom an organizer or leader is assuming some responsibility. There is significant interdependence of participants within the cohort. Group travel abroad may be for study, research, joint project work, athletic or other competitions, musical performances, or similar University activities.

Download the checklist for U-M Requirements for UMRT Group Travel Abroad.

Group Leader Action Items: 

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

  1. Determine whether the destination/s is a U-M Travel Warning or Restriction location. 
    1. Undergraduate student University of Michigan Related Travel (UMRT)  is prohibited when there is a U-M travel restriction in place. Undergraduates may travel to a 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 Travel Warning or Restriction destination if they meet the requirements listed on the “Graduate Student International Travel” drop down menu. 
  2. Obtain written verification from the sponsoring School/College/Unit  indicating that the activity is academically essential and location specific. The simplest way to document this written acceptance is via email. The group leader will be asked to provide this documentation within the Group Safety Plan. 
  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.  
    3. For questions about travel registration, please contact global.engagement@umich.edu
  4. Submit a Group Safety Plan to be reviewed by the International Travel Oversight Committee. Submit the safety plan at least 3 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. Obtain written verification from the sponsoring School, College , or Unit indicating that the activity is academically essential. The simplest way to document this written acceptance is via email. 
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of risks and detail strategies to mitigate risks. 
    5. Follow CDC and U-M guidelines for returning to the U.S. from abroad. See CDC and U-M Campus Blueprint website for details.
  5. If the Group Safety Plan is approved, ensure each student participant completes U-M travel requirements before they make non-refundable financial commitments. This includes having each student:
    1. Submit an Individual Safety Plan for International Travel for ITOC review. 
    2. Complete any remaining requirements as listed in M-Compass after they have been registered. 

 

 

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. 

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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