Travel to Cuba
University of Connecticut faculty, staff and students may travel to Cuba for educational purposes under what is called a “general license.” Such travelers must carry a letter signed by Daniel Weiner, Vice President for Global Affairs, indicating the destination in Cuba and duration of travel, and affirming that the purpose of the travel is consistent with the criteria established in 31 C.F.R. § 515.565(a). Download a copy of the current regulations governing travel to Cuba.
Medical Insurance for Travel to Cuba
Since May 2010, tourists, foreigners with temporary residence in Cuba and Cubans living abroad who return to visit Cuba have been required to buy health insurance if they want to enter the country. (Diplomats and representatives of accredited international organizations are exempt from this regulation.) Under the measure, the insurance will be sold by foreign companies approved by the Cuban government or by Cuban firms at ports of entry to the island. Visit the U.S. Department of State website to learn more.
IN JULY 2015 THE UNIVERSITY ADOPTED TWO DISTINCT POLICIES ADDRESSING INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FOR UNIVERSITY-SPONSORED OR UNIVERSITY RELATED PURPOSES.*
This policy establishes how, when and where faculty, postdoctoral research associates, staff, and students may travel abroad for university sponsored or university-related purposes. Download the policy summary.pdf for travel warning countries or visit here for full details.
All travelers (faculty, staff, undergraduate students, graduate students) must complete an online travel registration form with UConn Education Abroad and a travel waiver application to have travel approved by Global Affairs. The waiver application can be downloaded within the online registration form. Click here for step-by-step instructions and links to the online registration forms.
This policy addresses important requirements for when any student travels abroad for university-sponsored or university related purposes. The policy helps to ensure student access to information essential to their travel abroad, to assess any potential risks and appropriate actions to reduce those risks, and to create University awareness of when and where students are taking advantage of these Global Affairs and related opportunities. Download the policy summary.pdf for student travel or visit here for full details.Undergraduate and Graduate UConn students traveling out of the country for academic reasons (e.g. to conduct research, on a University-sponsored volunteer trip, etc.) or in a professional capacity must register with UConn Global Affairs in accordance with UConn’s policy on student travel. Students will be automatically enrolled and covered by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) Health Insurance for the duration of their trips upon their completion of the UConn Global Affairs student travel registration form.
The UConn Travel Services form requires that undergraduate and graduate students obtain an “Ed Abroad Approval ID” in order to complete the form. This ID is only available to you when you complete your registration with UConn Global Affairs.
Please note that there is a $25 registration fee payable via credit card on the registration form. Once you complete the insurance application, UConn Global Affairs will enroll you with CISI coverage and will post the cost of the insurance on your fee bill. The cost of your CISI International Health Insurance is dependent on the duration of your time abroad and your age. The current rate per month is $41.00/month if you are traveling for more than two weeks, or $10.00/week if you are traveling for two weeks or less. Click the “Cultural Insurance Services International Health Insurance” link on the left for information on what this insurance covers.
UConn students traveling with an organized student group:
- The group leader completes the online student travel and health insurance registration form.
- The group leader meets with Sarah O’Leary, Director of Education Abroad, to go over the details of the trip. Contact Kayla McNickle (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a meeting.
- After the meeting, each group member individually completes the online travel and health insurance registration form.
University-sponsored or University-Related: purposes include credit-bearing Education Abroad programs, internships, research, service learning and volunteer opportunities, conferences, registered student organization activities, student groups affiliated with academic departments, and other non-credit-bearing University programs. This includes the following:
- Any travel in connection with activities for which academic credit is sought, including programs operated through UConn’s Office of Global Affairs: Education Abroad (OGA:EA), travel as part of a formal academic program or course of study, internship credit, and travel for independent study credit (including retroactive requests for academic credit).
- Any travel for purposes of performance, sporting events, service learning, conferences, meetings, professional development or volunteerism organized by a UConn registered student organization or student group affiliated with an academic department of the University.
- Any travel for which funding is sought through a University-administered account or a student government-administered account within UConn.
- Any travel that requires travel approval through UConn Travel Services and/or that requires international health insurance through the University-contracted insurance plan.