Travel, Health, and Safety


"All persons - including U.S. citizens - traveling by air from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, must have a passport to enter the United States. This is true even if the foreign country visited does not require a passport for entry. Since it can take several weeks to obtain a passport, students are urged to apply now."

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 insurance coverage is included in all faculty-led study abroad programs. Students participating in a Lamar University exchange program will also have access to coverage but will have to pay separately as there is not a program fee for exchange programs. Check out the Insurance Information page for more details on student coverage abroad.

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.


Students with Disabilities

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