COVID-19 International Travel Guidance

Guidance for anyone planning to participate in a Study Abroad program or university-related international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approval Process for International Travel

The health, safety and security of UMKC students is our top priority. At this time, UMKC requires all university-related travel to be reviewed and approved.

Anyone hoping to participate in a Study Abroad program or university-related international travel, including students who have received approval from their academic departments, are required to submit an International Travel Policy Exception Request Form (PDF) to the International Travel and Risk Assessment Committee (ITRAC).

Approval criteria

We are using these indicators to review the feasibility of all Study Abroad programs on a case-by-case basis.

  • Travel notices and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of State 
  • COVID-19 case metrics
  • U.S. citizenship or coming from the United States
  • Host universities and organizations that are accepting U.S. students
  • Coverage by UM System insurance
  • Visa, if applicable, has been issued
  • Contingency plans

Backup plans

Knowing that travel restrictions and other guidance can change unexpectedly and may alter your travel plans, you should make backup plans for the 2021/22 academic year.

Considerations for Study Abroad Students

Cancellation or deferment

You will be notified by your UMKC email account if your study abroad program is canceled or altered. If your program is canceled or you are not able to participate, you should work with an advisor to defer to a later semester, find an alternative program or withdraw your application.

COVID-19 vaccination

We strongly recommend getting a COVID-19 vaccination, but it is not required for participation in Study Abroad programs or university-related international travel. Some visa applications or a partner institution may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Restricted travel notices

Check whether your destination has restricted travel from the United States and if it is processing requests for student or research visas (if applicable). This information is usually available on the websites of the appropriate U.S. embassy and/or consulate and foreign embassy/consulate.

On-campus course enrollment

Schedule an appointment with your UMKC academic advisor to enroll in courses on campus in case your program is canceled. You may drop the courses if your program will operate as scheduled.

On-campus housing

You may want to secure a flexible housing lease should your travel plans need to be postponed or canceled. Contact UMKC Residential Life for more information.

Refund policies

You are bound by the host institution or affiliated provider's cancellation and refund policies regarding withdrawal from your Study Abroad program, which may prevent you from receiving a refund even if you withdraw before the beginning of the program. It is your responsibility to be familiar with and abide by all refund policies for your Study Abroad program.

The UMKC Study Abroad Globetrotter Portal administrative fee is nonrefundable.

Financial protection

UMKC is unable to assist you financially in the event that your program is canceled or to provide financial reimbursement for any additional costs you may incur, including the cost of return travel or quarantine. These items may help protect your financial investment if your program is canceled.

  • Do not purchase plane tickets or make other nonrefundable financial commitments until after you have received a final acceptance decision from UMKC and your host university or program provider
  • Only purchase flights that offer refunds or flexible travel dates
  • Buy travel insurance.
  • Use a travel agency that can provide in-person support


Contact us with any questions or concerns.