International Travel News
Travel during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
December 2, 2020
Travelers' Health Holiday Update
December 1, 2020
Effective December 1, 2020 ALL School IEE's are suspended thru 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 cancelled. 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 are available on the University of Kansas Medical Center's Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page.
UPDATE FROM CDC- Effective November 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 put online on Friday, November 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
To contextualize, the majority of places in the world are level 3 or 4. There is a relatively short list of countries that are a level 2 or 1.
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 6 feet from people who are not from your household, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch your health for signs of illness.
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.
Lastly, you are most likely aware that the CDC has also issued guidance on testing and international travel. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-air-travel.html for more info.
Traveling with Electronics
Electronics Ban on Certain Fights to the U.S. Updated July 21, 2017
Aviations Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States.
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.