International Travel Advisories
The Office of International Programs provides guidance on important Department of State and CDC travel warnings, along with other travel-related safety information. Register all international educational experiences.
International Travel/Education Abroad Policy Statement
Because of the complexities of international travel and the need to be aware of Department of State and CDC travel warnings and other pertinent safety information, it is required that all student international educational experiences be registered with and approved by the Office of International Programs.
To provide logistical and safety support for all members of the KU Medical Center community, faculty, residents, or staff members participating in an international professional experience as a representative of KU Medical Center must register with the Office of International Programs in advance of travel.
International Travel Information
Travel Advisory Information
The quality of the educational and professional experiences and the safety of students, faculty and staff are the first priorities of the University of Kansas Medical Center.
To keep our students, faculty and staff safe, KU Medical Center does not uniformly support international educational or professional experiences to high-risk areas identified by a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 or a CDC Travel Alert Level 3. However, should an individual still desire a professional or educational experience in a high-risk area, he/she may petition for an exception to this policy.
KUMC Policy Regarding Travel to a Country with a Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4
Review more information on KU Medical Center policies regarding safe travel practices to a high-risk area and petitioning for an exception.
- KUMC Policy Regarding Travel to a HIGH-RISK Location with a US Department of State or CDC Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4
- KUMC Student High-Risk Area Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability for Travel to Countries with a US Department of State or CDC Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 (PDF)
- KUMC Faculty, Resident and Staff High-Risk Area Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability for Travel to Countries with a US Department of State or CDC Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 (PDF)
- Faculty, Resident and Staff High-Risk Area Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability for Travel to Countries with a US Department of State or CDC Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 WICHITA CAMPUS (PDF)
- KUMC Denial of Petition to Travel to a country with a US Department of State or CDC Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 (PDF)
Travel Advisory Notices and Country Security Assessments
- Department of State Travel Advisories List (formerly Dept. of State Travel Warnings List)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notices
- US Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security (OSAC)
- OSAC publishes annual reports on crime and security for every country.
- US Bureau of Consular Affairs Destination Information
Provides country-specific information for travelers, including safety and security.
International Travel Registration
- Register Travel (kumc.edu)
- International Educational and Professional Travel Policy
- Travel Registration for Faculty and Staff - Professional and Personal Travel (kumc.edu)
- Resident Travel Information (kumc.edu)
International Travel Health and Safety
Specific Country Information
Mobile Phones Abroad Information
- AT&T International Plans
- T-Mobile International Plans
- Verizon International Plans
- Expert Vagabond
- Cellular Abroad
International Travel News
Traveling with Electronics
- Electronics Ban on Certain Fights to the U.S. Updated July 21, 2017
Mobile Passport Control - Start the U.S. Entry Process from Your Smart Phone
Mobile Passport Control is a free app that U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors can use to expedite their entry into the United States. This is the first app authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and enables travelers to create a profile with their passport information and pre-answer the CBP inspection-related questions. See the full list of participating international airports and check out Travisa for any of your other visa and passport-related needs.
Travel during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
December 2, 2020
Travelers' Health Holiday Update (PDF)
December 1, 2020
Effective December 1, 2020, ALL School IEE's are suspended through December 2021 - See statement
May 8, 2020
Effective May 8, 2020, all SOM International Educational Experiences (IEE's) are canceled thru December 2021. Read the "KUMC School of Medicine Decision Regarding IEE" dated May 8, 2020.
March 19, 2020
Effective March 19, 2020, all Summer 2020 International Educational Experiences (IEEs) are canceled. Read the "KUMC Summer Update" letter dated March 19th on the News and Announcements page.
March 16, 2020
Updated information regarding travel guidelines during the novel coronavirus outbreak is available on the University of Kansas Medical Center's Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page.
UPDATE FROM CDC- Effective Nov. 21, 2020: The CDC has developed a new COVID-specific travel notice system better aligned with the Levels 1-4 travel advisory system in use by the U.S. Department of State. The new risk assessment levels for COVID-19 were posted online on Friday, Nov. 21, 2020, and are as follows:
- Level 4: COVID-19 Very High
- Level 3: COVID-19 High
- Level 2: COVID-19 Moderate
- Level 1: COVID-19 Low
- Level Unknown: COVID-19 Unknown
Level 2: COVID-19 Moderate
Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid all nonessential travel to these destinations.
Level 1: COVID-19 Low
All travelers should wear a mask, stay at least six feet from people who are not from their household, wash their hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch their health for signs of illness.
How Travel Levels are Determined
Due to the global pandemic and incidence in the U.S., the CDC has also significantly updated the metrics by which a country can be escalated or de-escalated through the COVID-specific travel notice levels. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/how-level-is-determined.html for comprehensive information.