COVID-19 Travel Health & Safety

Many destinations require an appeal for permission to travel. See our COVID-19 FAQs for more information.

See Recommendations for:

Future Travelers

Current Travelers

Returning Travelers

Future Travelers

If your plans to study abroad are approved:

  • Monitor the CDC, WHO, and US Embassy country-specific pages on your destination.
  • Highly Recommended: purchase “Cancel/Interrupt for Any Reason” insurance coverage from CISI.
  • Read our CISI insurance policy and the CISI COVID FAQ. Be aware of what CISI will and will not cover in case of illness, cancellation, trip interruption, and trip delay.
                       o CISI will not cover cancelling your international program due to                                          fear of contracting COVID-19. Cancel for Any Reason insurance is the                                 only policy that would cover this.
                       o UofL's CISI policy does not cover personal time; our policy only applies to                          your international flights and the official study abroad program dates.

                          o What are important dates to keep in mind?

  • Before purchasing a flight, check the airline’s cancellation and refund policies.

                          o How strict or lenient are they? It’s best to avoid surprises! Consider                                           purchasing a higher price ticket if it has a better refund policy.

  • Purchase flights directly from the airline. Third-party resellers often have poor or no refunds.
  • Check your destination's entry requirements.
  • Request your Program Provider’s plan for if you must self-isolate in country upon arrival.
  • Familiarize yourself with requirements to follow during and after travel 
  • Make a plan to get a COVID test 72 hours before your return to the US; talk with your program provider to see if they are able to assist you.

  • Have a plan in case you test positive for COVID at the end of your program and must isolate before returning to the US.

Stay tuned for information on pre-departure orientation. For students planning to travel Summer 2021, we tentatively plan to host a virtual orientation on Reading Day in April. Detailed information will be sent to your UofL email account by the end of March.

Current Travelers

  • Inform yourself of and follow all local ordinances related to COVID-19. While our office and your provider will provide you with resources to understand these ordinances, it is ultimately your responsibility to be aware of and adhere to them.
  • Wear a face covering in public (mask preferred)
  • Monitor your health
  • Wash your hands often
  • Monitor your temperature daily with a thermometer
  • Carry and use a small hand sanitizer
  • Limit the number of people you come into contact with abroad
  • Do not travel while sick

Returning Travelers

  • The US government requires proof of a negative COVID test (or proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the past 90 days) to enter the country. The test must be administered no more than three days before your departure date. For more information, read the CDC order and FAQs here.
  • Travelers may be subjected to temperature checks at port of entry, and may be detained or quarantined

                 o If you are detained at the border, contact your third-party provider and                       the Office of Study Abroad and International Travel as soon as you can.

  • Follow all CDC and local government recommendations on testing and self-isolation after international travel

                  o Current CDC recommendation is to get tested 3-5 days after travel                           and to stay home for at least 7 days (assuming negative test result).                           It’s safest to stay home for 10-14 days.

  • Refer to UofL Campus Health Services' Self Isolation Guide, found here.