UMB International Travel

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In this section, you will find requirements and helpful travel resources for all UMB students, faculty, and staff traveling internationally.

Essential Traveling Information

International SOS: UMB's Global Medical and Security Assistance Program

International SOS is the world’s leading medical and security services company. All UMB international travel is covered by SOS services, but travelers are required to register. This service is used for travel on UMB business only, whether or not travel will be reimbursed by UMB. Registering for International SOS is now part of the overall international travel request form.

  • Review the presentation about International SOS and how to use its services.

  • UMB portal page for International SOS

    • Confirm your trip is registered (UMB travel agent automatically uploads your trip)

    • Print out member card from UMB’s portal page for International SOS.

  • International SOS app

    • Download this app for immediate access to service from your mobile phone while traveling.

    • Enter UMB's membership number from UMB’s card into the app to activate your account.

Contact Bonnie Bissonette at the Center for Global Engagement with questions regarding international safety and security services.

Arranging your travel and logistics

All UMB international travelers are required to book international travel through a UMB-approved travel agency.

Passports and visas


  • Processing times for U.S. passports have increased significantly. Standard passport issuance is 10-12 weeks. Pay an additional $60 if you want to expedite your passport in 4-6 weeks  Plan ahead!

  • Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of your travel.

  • Information is available at U.S. Department of State passport information.

  • You can find locations for submitting passport applications at the US State Department’s Passport Acceptance Facility Search Page.


Every country has their own process, requirements, and fees for applying for a visa. Some countries may require you to travel to an in-person appointment at a consulate or embassy in select U.S. cities. You can find current visa information by contacting the consulate or embassy of your host country.

A consular office may deny your visa application, so it’s best to adhere to their requirements and apply as early as possible. It is important that you know what is required of you before attempting to enter a country.  Failing to obtain a visa could result in a denial of entry into a country, and even criminal charges.

International Faculty, Employees, and Scholars: Check with the Office of International Services before traveling outside the United States. Be aware that it may take non-U.S. citizens longer to obtain a visa, so research this information early in your planning.

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