Travel and study abroad

U-M is suspending all U-M international and domestic travel until at least April 21, with rare exceptions requiring approval.

Rare exceptions for any international or domestic travel deemed essential may be granted if approved by a designated administrator. We encourage travelers to seek virtual methods of convening for university business. The university also discourages personal domestic and international travel.

Details of the international travel suspension are provided on Global Michigan.

CDC recommends anyone returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning self-quarantine for 14 days from your last day in that country. Monitor your health for the development of any symptoms, and call your healthcare provider right away if you develop symptoms.

Those returning from domestic travel in areas with sustained community transmission of COVID-19 are encouraged practice self-observation for the development of any symptoms, and contact your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Difficulty breathing.

All Michigan Medicine faculty, staff and students who recently traveled to California or Washington state must contact Occupational Health Services upon their return and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon return. Also, any ill persons should stay home.

Those returning from domestic travel in the past 14 days to areas with sustained community transmission of COVID-19 are encouraged to practice self-observation for the development of any symptoms, and contact your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Difficulty breathing.

All Michigan Medicine faculty, staff and students who traveled to China, South Korea, Italy or Iran in the past 14 days must contact Occupational Health Services upon their return, stay home, self-quarantine and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Also, any ill persons should stay home.

Employees who return from countries with a CDC Level 1 or Level 2 Travel Health Notice, or from California or Washington state must contact OHS upon their return and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon return.

What changes has the U-M made to its education abroad programs in light of the COVID-19 outbreak?

All U-M education abroad programs will be altered or suspended. The most current information is detailed on Global Michigan.

COVID-19 is becoming frequent in many places, and we want to be sure our students can get medical care that meets their needs, as more countries’ health care systems are facing greater pressure. Students in each education abroad program will have unique needs and considerations, and we are working through those, including safety, location, ability to travel, and disruption to academic progress. We will work with the students to assist them with arrangements and academic accommodations, including credit for their coursework.

We are also canceling U-M education abroad programs scheduled for the spring semester, and will decide about programs that start July 1 or thereafter in the coming weeks when we have better information. This follows previous cancellation of all university-related travel to and education abroad programs in countries with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Level 3 Travel Warning. Level 3 countries currently include: China, South Korea, Iran and Italy. We continue to closely monitor conditions overseas.

We encourage you to return to this page for the latest information. You can also view all U-M Travel Warning and Restriction destinations on Global Michigan: https://global.umich.edu/travel-resources/warnings-restrictions/

Does the University of Michigan have any recommendations for students traveling independently and not on a U-M managed program?

Independent travelers are still encouraged to follow U-M guidance: https://global.umich.edu/travel-resources/warnings-restrictions/, which includes avoiding all travel to countries under U-M Travel Restriction. Students may also register their travel with U-M so they can receive university communications and updates specific to their location.  For non U-M programs, it’s important that students stay in close contact with the host university or provider to understand their program-specific cancellation policies.

All visitors to campus are discouraged at this time. Please reach out to U-M contacts with any questions and consult with current U.S. government travel restrictions.

Some countries are closing their borders to all international travel and some are restricting entry based on nationality. Be mindful of purchasing flights that have a transit through an airport in a country on the restriction list. Please see the International Transportation Air Association’s list for details.

International students, scholars and employees should contact the International Center at icenter@umich.edu to discuss. For those individuals whose immigration related documents were issued by another institution, they should contact their respective international office for advice.

U-M Travel Restrictions