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All non-essential international travel is suspended indefinitely. If travel is essential, the traveler must submit a waiver for review at least three weeks before departure.


Undergraduate and graduate/professional students who want to request a waiver for essential MSU-sponsored international travel must first get documentation from their advisor or program director that travel is considered essential. This documentation can be a letter on MSU letterhead or an email. Once travel has been deemed essential, submit the online waiver form below. The waiver will be reviewed by the Risk and Security Assessment Committee (RSAC). RSAC will make a recommendation to the Provost who has final authority for approving waivers. 

Faculty and staff who want to request a waiver for essential MSU-sponsored international travel must first confirm with their supervisor that travel is approved as essential. Documentation may be requested in the form of a letter or email. Once travel has been deemed essential, submit the online waiver form below. The waiver will be reviewed by the Faculty and Staff Travel Review Committee (FASTR) which will make a recommendation to the relevant dean who has final authority for approving waivers.  

All travelers should carefully review the COVID-19 travel health resources before submitting a waiver. International travel must also be registered in the MSU Global Travel Registry and Concur (if applicable).

Here is the information requested on the international waiver request form (link below):

  • Name and contact information for all MSU persons traveling (if a group is traveling, they may submit a waiver request together)
  • Confirmation that the department supervisor has deemed travel essential.
  • Information about the destination, flight itinerary, and planned on-site activities.
  • Description of housing and whether it will be possible to self-quarantine at housing if necessary.
  • Description of the health and safety precautions traveler(s) will take as a result of COVID-19 and health/safety/security conditions at the destination. 
  • Confirmation that traveler(s) intend(s) to consult with their primary care physician or a travel health professional like the MSU Travel Clinic or International SOS.

The information above does not apply to Education Abroad. The Office for Education Abroad is communicating directly with program directors and participants and is posting the latest updates on their website.

For MSU faculty and staff who reside internationally, MSU’s international travel review process applies for any travel taking place from the country of residence to another country (except the United State), noting that the most stringent health and safety requirements (MSU and U.S. versus country of residence and country of destination) will prevail. For official international travel to campus, MSU’s inbound international travel applies.


side-by-side_windmill.JPGInternational Travel Waiver Form

Submit this online waiver form at least three weeks before departure. This form may be used by students, faculty, and staff. One form may be submitted for a group if their travel details are identical.


side-by-side_colorful-buildings.jpgMSU International Travel Framework

MAUs and travelers are encouraged to review this framework for guidance on what may be considered essential international travel, what minimum health and safety measures must be met during international travel, and what the international travel approval process looks like for the foreseeable future. This is intended as a guide only. All travel is evaluated by FASTR and College authorities on a case-by-case basis.