Guidelines for students travelling overseas

Insurance information and risk advice for students travelling overseas on University activities.

In line with current New Zealand Government travel guidelines, international travel for University purposes remains restricted until further notice. Student travel continues to be restricted for all destinations except for limited programmes within the current travel bubble organised through the 360 International Office.

Semester Exchange Participants

All students studying on exchange in Australia through an approved 360 International programme are required to have comprehensive travel and medical insurance coverage for the entire duration of your time outside of New Zealand.

We recommended the Studentsafe Outbound policy as a comprehensive travel insurance product. The University’s insurance broker, Marsh Ltd., offers University of Auckland students a 25% discount on standard retail rates on the Studentsafe Outbound policy underwritten by Allianz, with promocode 360OSE.

Proof of insurance coverage and full flight itinerary details must be provided to the 360 International office prior to departure.

Please note, the University continues to closely monitor the situation abroad and review guidelines on University-activity travel on a regular basis, working closely in compliance with appropriate government guidelines as health conditions can change rapidly. While travel to bubble destinations is currently permitted as part of the approved 360 International exchange programme, we will continue to follow New Zealand Government policy and advice, and the University reserves the right to suspend the exchange programme should circumstances change.

High Performance Support Programme Travel

High performance athletes intending on taking part in high level sporting competitions overseas where they are not representing the University but have received support from the High-Performance Support Programme, are required to submit an International Travel Registration Form prior to departure as a condition of support from the University. Please contact Toby Batchelor for more information.

Other overseas travel

University of Auckland students who travel outside of New Zealand, without support from the 360 International Office, must understand that this would be considered personal travel and they are travelling abroad at their own responsibility. The University strongly encourages all staff and students to follow current Government travel advice and not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of Covid-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except Australia and the Cook Islands, which are currently listed at ‘exercise increased caution’ (level 2 of 4).

If you are considering overseas travel for personal reasons at this time you should be aware that:

  • you may be subject to strict movement restrictions or other health measures imposed by local authorities at short notice
  • you may be required to undertake a period of quarantine at designated facilities and at your own cost
  • your access to health care may be limited due to capacity issues
  • your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses
  • you may be required to stay in your location for longer than you had planned and be able to meet ongoing living costs to support yourself
  • in some places the New Zealand Government may have limited capacity to offer you consular assistance.

Please contact with any questions.