COVID-19: Guidance for students planning future university-related international travel

April 2, 2020


All MU students planning university-related international travel are required to register in the International Travel Registry.

We also encourage you to consider the following if you are planning to travel during academic year 2020/21, knowing that travel restrictions and other guidance we receive at a later date could alter plans:

Academics: Register for courses at MU for fall 2020 in case travel restrictions do not allow you to travel.

Housing: We encourage you to work with MU Residential Life to secure a flexible housing lease should your travel plans need to be postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. To learn more about your housing options at MU for fall 2020 or spring 2021, please email housing@missouri.edu or call 573-882-7275.

Finances: If your travel is related to a formal program, become familiar with the cancellation policies and decision dates of host institution.

Host institution: If appropriate to your planned travel, when would the host institution make a final decision whether programs will run? Will they still accept American students given the status of COVID-19 in the United States?

Program dates: In addition to regular academic program dates, you should budget for at least extra 14 days (beyond program dates) for anticipated required 14 days of isolation upon arrival to an international site.

Student visas: Check with Consulate General of the country where you plan to travel to determine whether they are processing requests for that country for student or research visas.

Traveling internationally: Check whether your destination country has restricted travel from the United States. To obtain latest travel information on your country of destination, please visit the webpage of the U.S. embassy/consulate for your country of destination.

Health insurance card: Whether you are traveling within the United States or internationally, be sure to bring your health insurance card with you. In addition to holding permanent local health insurance, you are required to purchase GeoBlue and UnitedHealthcare Global international health insurance when traveling internationally. For more information, see the International Travel Registry.

Flights: Wait to buy plane tickets until there is more certainty about fall/academic year travel guidance. If you decide to buy ticket now, purchase flights that offer refunds or maximum flexibility should you need to cancel or change tickets.

Travel insurance: Purchase a travel insurance policy that allows you to cancel for any reason.