Traveling to High-Risk Countries

All UM faculty, staff, and students traveling for UM-related activities to High-Risk Countries MUST petition permission for travel from the UM International Travel Review Committee with final approval by the Provost by submiting a Risk Management Plan no later than 45 days prior to departure. Please choose from the appropriate links below, where you'll find detailed instructions on how to proceed. If you have any questions, concerns, or technical difficulty, contact or call (406)243-2278.

In order to petition your travel, please check first with UM Education Abroad for the latest UM travel petition policies. If your program can be considered for petition, you'll need to complete one of the following:

After your Risk Management Plan has been reviewed the International Travel Review Committee and approved by the Provost, you will then submit one of the following:

Upon completing an Agreement and Acknowledgment of Risk form, your next steps will be to:

Travelers are advised to delay the purchase of non-refundable tickets until they receive travel approval from the committee.

Determine if You’re Traveling to a High Risk Country

  • Consult the Center for Disease Control website.

    • Countries with a CDC Warning Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel require a Risk Management Plan.

    • Countries with a CDC Level 3: COVID-19 High require a Risk Management Plan.
  • Consult the U.S. Department of State website.

    • Locate the country to which you wish to travel on the map, then use the legend to determine the travel advisory level for your country.

    • Or, search for the country to which you wish to travel to access the travel advisory and full travel information for your country.

Travel Advisory Map Reference: 

Travel Advisory Level (map color)

 Travel Advisory Levels

Risk Management Plan Required 

Orange or Red (solid or striped)  Levels 3 & 4 Yes
White or Yellow (striped) Levels 1 & 2 Yes, if traveling to high risk regions within the country (select “more info” in the pop-up window to view high risk regions within the country)
White or Yellow (solid) Levels 1 & 2 No


**The University may require any traveler to seek prior permission for travel from the committee if the travel destination raises serious safety concerns and/or is located outside insurance coverage areas.

Conditions and Approval Process

The University will take into consideration a number of factors including, but not limited to:

  • Academic necessity and appropriateness of the travel
  • Personal preparedness
  • Adequacy of the measures taken to mitigate specific health and safety risks

The committee shall determine if travel will recommended for approval by the Provost and with what, if any, conditions. If approved, travelers will be required to sign an Agreement and Acknowledgement of Risk document.

The University shall not authorize international travel to any country for which the State Department has issued a mandatory evacuation order.

The University reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to withdraw approval for or to suspend international travel at any time. If the State Department issues a Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 or CDC Health Notice Level 3 for a given country or region, the University may require international travelers to depart that country or region.

If travel is canceled, cancellation is the responsibility of the traveler or their designees.  To cancel scheduled travel, please work with the various vendors in the same manner that the travel was booked/ purchased.  It is recommended that travelers document the results of their cancellation efforts.  The University cannot ensure full cost and academic credit recovery to students in the event of a government- or university-mandated evacuation.

About the International Travel Review Committee

The committee consists of representatives from Global Engagement and Environmental Health and Risk Management in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel. In certain circumstances, the committee may contact external parties including, but not limited to, the Curry Health Center and regional experts.

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