Travel and Study Abroad — Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated March 20, 2020, 1:25 p.m.

All university-related non-essential international and domestic travel is suspended until at least April 12, including previously approved travel. This includes travel connected to university activities or programs for all faculty, staff and students, whether that travel is funded by the university, an external grant, or any other sources. Requests to engage in essential travel must be approved by deans, vice chancellors or vice provosts.

All university-related non-essential international and domestic travel is suspended until at least April 12, including previously approved travel. This includes travel connected to university activities or programs for all faculty, staff and students, whether that travel is funded by the university, an external grant, or any other sources. Requests to engage in essential travel must be approved by deans, vice chancellors or vice provosts. All study abroad programs have been canceled for spring, spring break and summer 2020. For more information regarding the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on study abroad programs, please see International Center Travel Alerts.

As students from canceled study abroad trips return to the United States, many of them are going back to their homes away from campus and will be self-monitoring with the assistance of their local public health departments. We continue to work with the students to ensure they maintain their academic progress this semester.

In light of the current travel warnings associated with COVID-19, the International Center directs all MU departments to postpone the program start dates for visiting international scholars who currently reside in or are traveling through CDC level-3 countries. This applies to international scholars with expected program start dates between now and June 1, 2020. For additional information, see our guidance for departments planning to host international scholars.

We strongly advise against personal travel. If you do decide to travel, it is prudent to plan for delays and complications as you could have difficulty returning to campus based on how this situation develops over the next few days and weeks.

MU is asking all community members returning to the United States from CDC Level 3 countries, including all of Europe, China, Iran and South Korea, to stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health and practice social distancing. Any individual who may have been in contact with someone who has been infected by COVID-19 or who exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection should also stay home and self-monitor. This guidance may change quickly, so please stay informed. For additional information on how to gauge your risk of COVID-19 infection, see the CDC website.

Faculty and staff should refer to the UM System Travel Refund Guide for further assistance in getting reimbursed for university-related travel that was cancelled due to the temporary travel ban. You can also check Uniglobe for travel vendor cancellation/insurance policies.

  • Expense Reports: A procedure guide is available on how to process travel reimbursement and One Card reconciliation due to delayed or cancelled business travel.
  • Payment Request/Non-PO Voucher: If you are paying a supplier a one-time refund due to a cancelled event, please add “COVID Cancellation” or something similar to the comments on your payment request.
  • Suppliers: Additionally, if a supplier needs to be added into PeopleSoft, one-time refunds are granted an exception from gathering a W-9/W-8.