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COVID-19 Updates

October 27, 2021


The University currently continues to permit outbound study abroad programming involving category 1 and 2 countries for Spring 2022.


Travel to category 3 and 4 countries remains prohibited, but the University may consider case-by-case exception requests for U.S. Department of State level 3 countries. Travel to category 4 countries is not permitted.


Consistent with UMS international travel policy all students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Any student, staff or faculty member who travels beyond Maine for University business or activities will be required to follow applicable quarantine and other guidelines as required by UMS, federal, state and University officials.


Please see the Together for Maine page for more information.



June 16, 2021


Outbound study abroad programming involving category 1 and 2 countries with a travel start date on or after  August 16, 2021 are permitted in keeping with the requirements above.

Any requests for travel exceptions involving category 3 countries must be discussed with the study abroad advisor, who may then submit a petition to the Provost of the respective campus and to Risk Management for consideration. Travel to category 4 countries is not permitted.


March 15, 2021


Due to continued concerns regarding COVID-19 throughout the world, current U.S. Department of State and CDC travel advisories, and lack of key infrastructure and resources worldwide due to the pandemic, there will be no outbound spring study abroad programming with a travel start date before August 15, 2021.

Despite the growing availability of vaccines, we are seeing that another wave is possible across Europe and other regions which have experienced obstacles to rolling out vaccinations. Lockdowns abroad are still possible for unknown periods of time. 

Any requests for travel exceptions must be submitted to the Provost of the respective campus and to Risk Management for consideration.

Please see the Together for Maine page for more information.


November 2, 2020


Due to continued concerns regarding COVID-19 throughout the world, current U.S. Department of State and CDC travel advisories, and lack of key infrastructure and resources worldwide due to the pandemic, there will be no outbound spring study abroad programming.


This is especially true now as we see a new wave of the virus across Europe and beginning here in the United States. International travel may be severely disrupted, making it difficult to return to the US, and stay-in-place orders of foreign countries will not be contradicted. These are often of uncertain length and may cause students to stay past their financial means. We look forward to next academic year, when we hope to be able to send students.


August 10th, 2020


Travel to countries with a CDC or U.S. Department of State travel advisory level of 3 or 4 is prohibited. While the CDC and U.S. Department of State are actively evaluating risks and adjusting travel advisories, foreign governments may still implement restrictions with little notice, even in destinations that were previously a low risk. International travel may be severely disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it may be difficult to arrange travel back to the United States.


Due to these continued concerns regarding COVID-19 throughout the world, current U.S. Department of State and CDC travel advisories, and lack of key infrastructure and resources worldwide due to the pandemic, there will be no outbound fall study abroad programming with a travel start date before December 18, 2020.

Any requests for travel exceptions must be submitted to the Provost of the respective campus and to Risk Management for consideration.

For more information, please visit https://www.maine.edu/together/community-guidance/travelers/
University of Maine Office of International Programs