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Global Outreach

International Travel - Pre-departure for Students

Warning Destinations

Destinations under a University Travel Warning

  • Travel is unadvisable due to a significant level of health, safety, or security risks.
  • If a student would like to pursue travel to a Warning Destination, the student must follow the following steps before pursing travel plans:
Contact Dr. Yvonne Kapila (ykapila@umich.edu), Director of Global Initiatives with: Minimum Time Required
1. Completed Safety Plan for Individual Travel. 2 months before desired departure
2. Inform that proposed location is under a University Travel Warning and purpose of the proposed travel.
Upon approval form Dr. Kapila, contact the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) (itoc-travel@umich.edu) with: Minimum Time Required
1. Approved Safety Plan for Individual Travel for review and approval related to the identified health and safety risks. 3 weeks before desired departure
Upon ITOC approval: Minimum Time Required
1. Register in the University Travel Registry. ASAP
2. Obtain University Travel Abroad Health Insurance.
3. Submit a signed University Travel Restriction Destination Liability Waiver to itoc-travel@umich.edu.

Travel authorization may be revoked if these steps are not completed before departure

ITOC Review Committee Process
Students must submit a request for an exception to travel no later than (3) weeks prior to departure to allow sufficient time for review. It is to your benefit to submit your request well in advance of anticipated travel. The ITOC review committee evaluates requests on a case-by-case basis and may contact the student for additional information. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Submission of a request for an exception to travel to a University Travel Warning or Restriction destination does not guarantee travel approval.ITOC recommends students refrain from making final travel arrangements until ITOC has reviewed and approved the proposed travel. ITOC will notify the student of the approval status via Email, with a copy to the U-M Advisor, Sponsor or Department Contact included on the form.

Questions about the process may be directed to itoc-travel@umich.edu or call 734-763-0395.

Restriction Destinations

Destinations under a University Travel Restriction

  • Travel is generally prohibited due to extreme health, safety or security risks.
  • Undergraduate Students: Travel for education-related purposes is prohibited.
  • Graduate/Professional Students:requesting to travel for a education-related purpose to a University Travel Restriction destination must:
Contact Dr. Yvonne Kapila (ykapila@umich.edu), Director of Global Initiates with: Minimum Time Required
1. Completed Safety Plan for Individual Travel. 2 months before desired departure
2. Information that proposed location is under a University Travel Restriction and purpose of the proposed travel.
Upon approval form Dr. Kapila, contact the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) (itoc-travel@umich.edu) with: Minimum Time Required
1. Approved Safety Plan for Individual Travel for review and approval related to the identified health and safety risks. 3 weeks before desired departure
Upon ITOC approval: Minimum Time Required
1. Register in the University Travel Registry. ASAP
2. Obtain University Travel Abroad Health Insurance.
3. Submit a signed University Travel Restriction Destination Liability Waiver to itoc-travel@umich.edu.