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COVID-19 Omicron Variant Update

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Published: Tuesday, 30 Nov 2021 Author: Maureen Handrahan

[Updated December 31, 2021]

The Office for Global Health, Safety, and Security is monitoring news of the omicron variant of COVID-19. There is still much we do not know about this variant, but this latest development is a reminder that local health conditions and pandemic-related travel restrictions can change without notice. All MSU travelers must stay informed, exercise vigilance, and maintain flexible plans if they choose to travel.  
Prospective and current travelers:

  • Monitor local health conditions and entry restrictions for the US and all international destinations including points of transit. These restrictions may differ depending on citizenship/immigration status, vaccination status, or the point(s) of departure/transit as well as any other travel in the 14 days prior. Resources include the U.S. Department of State, the CDC, the Harvard/Brown Global Health Institute, and Sherpa travel restrictions map.
  • Get fully vaccinated before you leave on MSU-sponsored international travel including receiving a booster vaccination, if eligible. Some countries may require a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated and/or vaccination within the past six or nine months to be considered fully vaccinated. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan, visit and visit the CDC for more information on booster shot recommendations.
  • Discuss your health and your travel plans with your primary care physician and/or International SOS
  • Do not travel if you are sick.
  • Consider purchasing trip cancellation and/or trip interruption insurance
  • Download the International SOS app and/or register online for country-specific International SOS alerts. Sign in to with MSU membership # 11BCAS798617.

Important to remember:

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact the Office for Global Health, Safety, and Security at globalsafety(at)