Additional Considerations for International Travel

  1. Ensure you have a passport valid for six months from your return date.

         • Processing times for US passports are currently taking 6-12 weeks longer than usual, so consider expediting your passport if your trip is rapidly approaching.
            Expedited passport processing times are also longer than usual, often four to six weeks.
         • CIBT, the University’s visa provider, can provide assistance with securing or renewing passports.

  2. Check to see if a visa is required for your intended destination and begin the visa application process. Visa processing in many countries is taking considerably longer than before the pandemic, so travelers may need to be flexible in their planning.

         • Some countries require transit visas for connections. CIBT can also provide transit visa requirements.

  3. Review the Global Safety & Security Travel Policy for information and resources to research the current pandemic conditions and public health requirements in your destination. For some destinations, the pre-and post-arrival requirements for testing and documentation can be complex and burdensome. It is the responsibility of the traveler to ensure compliance with these requirements, but World Travel can provide assistance with this process.

  4. Obtain country-specific health notices, vaccine requirements, COVID testing, and quarantine requirements, for entry into your destination country. The CDC Travelers’ Heath site is a good resource for this. World Travel can assist you in obtaining these requirements.

  5. Contact your personal physician for pre-travel advice on immunizations suggested for your destination and to discuss any medical considerations or concerns you may have. University Health Services (UHS) provides travel health services to University community members traveling for international travel.  

  6. Recheck entry and reentry requirements again within one week of travel for any updates in regulations.

  7. The University provides international travel medical insurance benefits to faculty, staff, and students engaged in University-sponsored travel that complies with the Global Safety & Security Travel Policy. The coverage includes medical and security assistance as well as evacuation benefits and is coordinated by International SOS with the insurer, STARR.

         • Familiarize yourself with International Health Coverage ad International SOS resources prior to travel.
         • Download the International SOS Assistance App for easy and quick assistance 24/7 from your mobile device.  

  8. World Travel offers myriad resources to ensure you are prepared for travel and understand the steps you should take to remain safe and healthy throughout your trip. For additional trip preparation information, visit Before You Go.