COVID-19 Updates for Travelers

See Emergencies Abroad News and Announcements


Frequently Asked Questions

Does the University of Minnesota have travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19?

On 3/10/20, the University announced a restriction on all University-purpose travel, both domestic and international, in direct response to the spread of COVID-19 and the instability of the travel industry, as well as insufficient knowledge of how the spread would manifest itself, how different countries would react to the spread, and the uncertainty of border closures. On 08/12/20, the restriction against non-essential international travel for University purposes—which applies to students, faculty, and staff—was extended through 11/20/20.

Faculty and staff may request an exception to the University's international travel restriction if they can 1) fulfill the destination country requirements, 2) provide a valid and compelling justification for the travel, and 3) gain the support of their department chair, unit head, or supervisor.

If I'm abroad now, can I return home during the dates of the travel restrictions?

If you are already abroad, you are allowed to make your return trip home.

Should I register my personal travel with the University's International Travel Registry?

No. The University's International Travel Registry should only be used to record University-purpose international travel. Note: Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories are considered international by University policy.

Should I register my domestic University-purpose travel with the University's International Travel Registry?

No. The University's International Travel Registry should only be used to record University-purpose travel to international destinations. Note: Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories are considered international by University policy.

Should I cancel upcoming international travel plans?

On 08/12/20, the restriction against non-essential international travel for University purposes—which applies to students, faculty, and staff—was extended through November 20.

If your travel is after this date, you should consider carefully whether to cancel. See the U Travel website for information on financial implications and employee travel costs of canceling University-purpose travel.

Are there any restrictions on people who return from abroad?

All returning travelers should consult the Centers for Disease Control's website for updated information for returned travelers.

Does the University’s CISI insurance plan cover losses if I need to cancel my trip?

CISI is an international security evacuation and medical insurance plan and does not provide coverage for trip cancellation or other financial losses (like airline change fees) in the case of a pandemic. CISI will cover medical expenses when an insured becomes ill or has a medical emergency.

Faculty and staff who opted out of CISI coverage because they are covered by Redpoint as a part of their U Plan should visit the Office of Human Resources Redpoint website.

What are University policies and procedures related to employee travel costs and COVID-19?

Costs associated with canceled employee travel will be covered by the University to the extent they are otherwise allowable and not recoverable through other means. Refer to the U Travel website on Employee Travel Costs and COVID-19.