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Important Travel Notices

The Office of Global Engagement & Special Programs has been monitoring the progression of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and will continue to do so in collaboration with the Office of Learning Abroad and UH Global. Rest assured, we prioritize the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff abroad and away, as well as that of our guides, vendors and community partners with whom we work on the ground.

As such, the OGESP is following the University of Houston System’s guidance, which is to restrict all international and some domestic travel through December 1, 2021. This includes all undergraduate faculty-led, affiliated, exchange and student service organization programs; sponsored scholarship, fellowship or research opportunities abroad; and any other programs that would be considered international or domestic travel for curricular or co-curricular purposes. 

This decision was not taken lightly. It came after careful and thoughtful assessment of local, national and global developments resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, and is in accordance with the guidance set forth by the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is, the University believes, the best and most responsible course of action.

All students, faculty and staff traveling internationally with the Honors College and the University of Houston must have CISI medical insurance. Some domestic locations may require travelers to have COVID-19 coverage. Students are encouraged to purchase travel insurance that includes a "cancel for any reason" option. Note that these policies may not cover COVID-19. 

Read the University of Houston COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions update here.

If you are a UH student abroad and need health and safety information, please click here

Resources on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

UH COVID-19 Response

CDC COVID-19 Information

Johns Hopkins Mapping 2019-nCoV

CDC Health Notices

World Health Organization Updates – COVID-19

Department of State Travel Advisories

Department of State COVID-19 Passport Operations Update

Department of Transportation – Flight Delays & Cancellations


This website will be updated regularly. Please contact your program leader or the Office of Global Engagement and Special Programs directly at ogesp@uh.edu with any program-specific questions or concerns. For more general learning abroad questions, please contact the Office of Learning Abroad at learningabroad@uh.edu