Travel, Health, and Safety


A passport is a travel document issued by a country’s government to its citizens that verifies the identity and nationality of the holder for the purpose of international travel. Since it can take up to 3 months to receive your passport after you apply, students are urged to apply now! 

If you do not hold a US passport, check the entry requirements to the location that you are interested in. You might need to obtain a visa. Feel free to make an appointment with the study abroad coordinator and we'll assist you in obtaining any required documents! 

The U.S. Department of State, a service of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, has a newly designed Students Abroad website for information specific to students interested in traveling abroad. You can also find out more about how to research your destination, prescription medicines, what to do if your passport is lost/stolen, and more. On this website, you will find information on the necessary Travel Documents to go abroad, and how to Apply for a Passport.

Find tips about how to stay safe while traveling abroad, including how to Sign up for the >Smart Traveler Enrollment Program with US embassies abroad, this is a Lamar University requirement.


International travel insurance, through On Call International, is included in all Lamar University study abroad and student exchange programs. This includes a "Quarantine Benefit" that Texas State University System added to recoup expenses incurred due to unforeseen quarantine. Check out the Insurance Information page for more details on student coverage abroad.


Students are required to follow the entry requirements of the country they are traveling to. These entry requirements could change at any point. 

Prescription Medications

The CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has prepared Your Survival Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel. "Every year more and more Americans are traveling internationally — for vacation, business, and volunteerism, and to visit friends and family. Whatever your reason for traveling, the information on this page will help you to be proactive, prepared, and protected when it comes to your health—and the health of others—while you are traveling."

BE PROACTIVE: plan for a safe and healthy trip, and learn about your destination, see a doctor before you travel and think about your health status.

BE PREPARED: plan ahead and pack smart, plan ahead for illnesses or injuries during your trip, know what to do if you become sick or injured on your trip, know and share important information about your trip.

BE PROTECTED: practice healthy behaviors during your trip, pay attention to your health during your trip, pay attention to your health when you come home.

Do not leave the CDC website without watching the "Travelers' Health CDC-TV" Videos


Visit the Emergency planning resources to learn more about: Emergency CardPersonal Emergency Action Plan, and Emergency Action Plan Steps, as you prepare to travel abroad.

If you need to report a serious incident regardless of location, please do not hesitate to report it via our online form here.


Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities can find out more about accommodations and resources.