Click on the links found here to view the most recent COVID-19 guidance and requirements for University of Maine System students. For additional General University Guidelines, including face mask information, please refer to the Community Guidance For Everyone section of this website.

Domestic & International Travel

The charts below provide guidance to employees and students looking to travel for University of Maine System (UMS) sponsored purposes. This guidance pertains to travel that uses University funds, including activity fees; for which academic credit is awarded; for University athletic purposes; or travel which is subject to the University’s insurance coverage. Any one of those criteria means the travel is University sponsored travel.

Employees and students are required to follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Maine Civil Authority guidance, and University protocols when engaging in University sponsored travel.

Important: To upload proof of your vaccination series or submit an exemption request, please refer to the UMS COVID-19 Portal (External Site).

Domestic Travel Within Maine Risk Management Review Required? Testing Required? Travel Permitted?
There are no special COVID-19 related provisions or restrictions in place for domestic travel within the State of Maine other than the requirement to follow US CDC and Maine civil authority guidance.

Please see the links below for CDC and civil authority information.

No No Yes
Travel Outside Maine – Domestic & International Risk Management Review Required? Testing Required? Travel Permitted?
Scenario 1: Employee/student is ‘fully vaccinated’ or has recent COVID-19 history No No Yes
Scenario 2: Employee/student is NOT ‘fully vaccinated’ and does NOT have recent COVID history No Yes – Test within 72 hours of departure and return Yes

Important Notes

  1. All travel must comply with CDC, Department of State, visa requirements, and University guidelines.
  2. All travel must be approved in advance by the appropriate dean/provost/supervisor.
  3. All travel bookings, to the maximum extent possible, should be made through Concur.
  4. Employees seeking further information about travel approval requirements and tools should check the myCampus Portal (External Site) (login required).
  5. Booster shots remain voluntary for staff and faculty and are subject to labor negotiations.


  • Fully Vaccinated: This is defined as completing the primary vaccine series doses in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or completing a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
  • Recent COVID-19 history – Persons who have tested positive for SARS Co-V-2 (COVID-19) within the past 90 days.


Study Abroad and Faculty-Led Travel Programs

Study Abroad Programs

Outbound study abroad programming involving category 1 and 2 countries are permitted in keeping with travel guidance listed in the ‘Domestic and International Travel’ section above.  Requests to travel to category 3 should be submitted to the student’s campus study abroad office. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis which includes a thorough risk assessment. Under certain circumstances, approval may be granted for programs in countries with a Department of State (DOS) or CDC travel advisory of level 3. This exception process will begin with the student’s campus study abroad office.

Faculty-Led Travel Programs

For questions about faculty-led programs, students and faculty should contact the appropriate office on their respective campuses. All UMS travel policies outlined above apply to faculty-led travel programs as well.

University of Maine:

University of Maine at Farmington Office of Experiential & Global Education:

University of Southern Maine:

International Student Enrollment

The University will continue to allow visiting J-1 students to enroll and attend in person following guidelines set by the CDC and DOS regarding incoming visitors to the United States.


Last Reviewed: August 2022