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2021-22 U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance plan

Traveling abroad? This inexpensive health insurance plan can provide peace of mind for travelers from all three U-M campuses.

COVID-19 information:

Quick links:

On this page:

Important requirement:

Students, faculty and staff from all U-M campuses who travel abroad for University-related purposes must have U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance and register in the U-M Travel Registry. (University-related purposes may include but are not limited to study, research, internships, service, conferences, presentations, teaching, performances or athletic competitions).

U-M contracts with GeoBlue, a leader in international travel health insurance, to provide this coverage.

How to purchase/sign-in:

Three plans are available, and your plan will depend purpose for travel. For questions, you may email Benefits are listed in this section as well as at Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation below. 

Please choose your purpose for travel:

For STUDENTS on Educational Activities (Also graduates on U-M-related travel, e.g post-grad fellowships)

About the plan:

  • If you will travel as part of a U-M sponsored group, ask your program administrator if he/she will purchase for you. If so, you do not need to purchase.
  • Cost: $1.30 per person / day plus a $5 administrative fee per person per trip
  • Plan may be extended to cover leisure activities before and after your University-related trip.
  • Plan may be purchased for spouses / domestic partners and dependents traveling with the covered student.
  • For plan details:

To purchase/sign-in (if your department is not purchasing this insurance for you):

1. Choose your purpose for travel, as described above. For questions, you may email

2. Register your trip with the U-M Travel Registry

3. After you have registered your travel at U-M Travel Registry, you can enroll and purchase the insurance by following these instructions. 

  1. Login here with your U-M ID and password
  2. At “Authentication Successful," click “For Students on Educational Activities” 
  3. At "Enrollment Acceptance Agreement", click “I Agree”
  4. On the next page, click "New" (do not click Renew), then click “Next”
  5. Enroll and purchase by entering your information  (payment is due at time of purchase)

For STUDENTS, FACULTY & STAFF on Personal/Leisure Travel

About the plan:

  • You must purchase this plan prior to departure.
  • Cost: $1.23 per person /day plus a $5 administrative fee per person per trip
  • Plan may be purchased by students and current faculty and staff under age 80.
  • Plan may be purchased for spouses / domestic partners and dependents traveling with the covered individual.
  • For plan details:
    • Personal/Leisure Member Guide
    • Personal/Leisure Certificate of Coverage
    • Email
    • GeoBlue Mobile App allows travelers to connect to quality care across the globe; download it from your app store after purchasing the plan
        1. Login here with your U-M ID and password
        2. At “Authentication Successful," click “For Students, Faculty and Staff Personal/Leisure Travel”
        3. On the next page, click “I Agree”
        4. On the next page, click "New" (do not click Renew), then click “Next”
        5. Enroll and purchase by entering your information (payment is due at time of purchase)

For FACULTY & STAFF on University Business

  • This plan covers for up to 180 days. If you need longer coverage, contact Managed Care/Student Insurance Office.
  • Cost: No cost, plan automatically covers you; you do not need to purchase.
  • What you need to do:
  1. Register your trip with the U-M Travel Registry.
  2. Sign-in on the GeoBlue website and enter Group Access Code QHE99999UMBT​. This will allow you to access information about medical care at your destinations and more. Please note: If you have previously signed in to GeoBlue using the Group Access Code, you may need to log in at the top right corner of the page at “Login as a member."

Effective dates (for Student and Personal/Leisure Plans only):

Coverage will begin on the date requested on the online enrollment form. Coverage is effective 24 hours a day, worldwide.

Coverage will end on the earliest of the following dates:

  • Date the participant ceases to meet eligibility requirements
  • End date requested in the online or paper enrollment form
  • First date for which premium and fees have not been paid

How to extend coverage beyond original purchase:

For students: To extend coverage, you must:
1) Update your trip through U-M Travel Registry and
2) Enroll and purchase the insurance via the link to the GeoBlue website in your confirmation email and M-Compass Registration Checklist page. Payment is due at time of enrollment.

For faculty and staff: To extend coverage, you must:
1. Update your trip through U-M Travel Registry.
2. Enroll and purchase the insurance via the link to the GeoBlue website on the last page. Payment is due at time of enrollment.

Using your benefits:

Whenever possible, you should contact GeoBlue Worldwide Assistance in advance. 

In a non-emergency, Worldwide Assistance will assist you in making appointments as long as contact them first, and whenever possible, Worldwide Assistance will pay the medical provider directly.

In an emergency, seek appropriate medical care first, then call Worldwide Assistance for immediate assistance.

If you require medical evacuation, you must contact Worldwide Assistance in advance or your evacuation will not be eligible for reimbursement.

To contact Worldwide Assistance, call:

  • Inside the US, call 800-257-4823
  • Outside the US, call +1-610-254-8771 (collect) or 1-888-243-2358

Worldwide Assistance maintains a 24/7 call center to assist members with a wide variety of services including:

  • Locating medical care
  • Medical evacuation planning and coordination
  • Medical monitoring and referral
  • Coordination of hospital payment guarantees

When you show your Medical Insurance ID card, doctors and hospitals usually send GeoBlue a bill for services that received abroad.

Sometimes a doctor or a health care facility may ask you to pay the bill, or you may need to file a claim for prescription medication. In these cases ask the doctor, hospital or pharmacy for a copy of the bill and a receipt for your payment. You will need these documents to allow GeoBlue to reimburse you.

To request reimbursement, you must submit a claim form. Please request a claim form by contacting the UHS Managed Care/Student Insurance Office

COVID-19: What to know before you travel

Your GeoBlue plan covers many things, but some expenses related to COVID-19 are not covered, making payment your responsibility. Before traveling, take the time to plan for potentially unexpected expenses.

COVID-19: What your plan covers
COVID-19 is covered the same as any other illness under your policy:

  • Medically prescribed testing
  • Medically necessary treatment
  • Medically appropriate evacuation and repatriation

COVID-19: What your plan does not cover

  • Non-medically necessary transportation costs due to COVID-19
  • Lodging and meal expenses for quarantining, (e.g., in a hotel room or a medical facility)
  • COVID-19 test as a requirement

Should you need to be tested for COVID-19, the following resources may be helpful:

For more COVID-19 information related to GeoBlue:

  • If you have any questions or concerns about your coverage and benefits, we’re available 24/7/365; just call the number on the back of your ID card
  • Visit the GeoBlue COVID-19 resource page for answers to frequently asked questions
  • Consult your Certificate of Coverage for more information on coverage and benefits

Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation Coverage:

Political and natural disaster (P/ND) evacuation assistance is available in many but not all countries for U-M faculty, staff, students and their eligible accompanying dependents. To receive this support, travelers must be eligible for the U-M GeoBlue international health insurance plan, must Register their Travel and meet other special conditions outlined below. This support is not always available for personal/leisure travelers as outlined below.

While this support is provided in most locations throughout the world, it is not available in some locations, and in some others pre-approval from the security firm is required. See Warning / Restriction Locations; the pre-approval process is initiated by Registering Travel at least 3 weeks prior to departure.  Pre-approval will only be sought for travel that is for urgent and compelling reasons, and pre-approval will require the traveler to complete a safety plan and sign a waiver of liability. Pre-approval will not be sought for personal/leisure travel, so personal/leisure travel to these exception destinations is without evacuation support from the U-M.

This evacuation assistance is provided by DRUM Cusac International and must be coordinated through U-M and GeoBlue.  Benefits include:

  • $100,000 per covered person when the US or foreign government issues an evacuation order for political or security reasons, or if an area is declared uninhabitable in the event of a natural disaster
  • Provides coverage to safe haven, with limited accommodation benefits
  • Coverage for travel from safe haven back to the US

There's an app for that!

After you enroll, download the GeoBlue app from your app store, then log in with infomation in the confirmation email you receive. 

With the app, you can:

  • Search providers for medical, dental, or mental health care and map them using GPS technology*.
  • Arrange Direct Pay for future appointments to secure cashless access to care.
  • Access issued guarantees of payment to view and share with doctors and hospitals.
  • File a claim by entering information or sending a photo of a completed form.**
  • Find a medication’s availability, generic name, and local brand name.
  • Translate medical terms and phrases for many symptoms and situations; use the audio feature to play the translation.
  • Display an ID Card on a smart phone and email/fax a copy directly to provider’s office.
  • View country or city profiles on crime, terrorism and natural disasters.

For more information:

GeoBlue for U-M educational activities, business travel, and personal/leisure travel:

UHS Travel Health Services

Global Michigan, a portal for all things international

UHS Managed Care/Student Insurance Office: