Guidelines for students travelling overseas
Insurance information and risk advice for students travelling overseas on University activities.
As of March 2022, sub-doctoral candidate student travel continues to be restricted except for limited programmes supported by or organised through, the International Office. Currently supported travel includes the 360 International Semester Exchange programme from Semester Two 2022, and student athletes being supported by the High Performance Support Programme. This position will be reviewed in Quarter Two 2022.
Any requests from individual students or faculties about supporting exceptional sub-doctoral student travel can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 recommend 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 is currently permitted as part of an approved 360 International exchange programme, we will continue to follow New Zealand Government policy and advice, and the University reserves the right to cancel or 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 who have received support from the High-Performance Support Programme, whether academic, financial, or otherwise, are required to submit details regarding their international travel plans and insurance coverage prior to departure.
High performance sport travellers must have comprehensive travel and health insurance in place for the entire duration of their trip, purchased privately, or covered by the National Sporting Organisation, with appropriate coverage for any professional sport undertaken during travel. Students travelling to partake in professional sporting activities are not eligible for coverage under the University’s travel insurance policy.
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 take note of key considerations for international travel while the Covid-19 pandemic remains ongoing.
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
- Additional considerations are outlined on the Covid-19 student travel considerations page
Insurance is available with a number of commercial providers. The University’s insurance broker, Marsh Ltd., offers University of Auckland students a 25% discount on standard retail rates of a comprehensive travel insurance policy underwritten by Allianz.
Two policies are available in this offer. You can use the links to view the policy coverage, run a quote (using the Promo code: 360OSE) and buy online:
- For students heading overseas for any study-related travel: Studentsafe Outbound policy
- For students heading overseas for purely leisure travel purposes: Explorersafe Outbound policy
If you proceed with either of these policies, immediate confirmation of cover will be emailed to you after your successful purchase.
Travel risk advice
The official source of travel risk advice is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (MFAT) SafeTravel website.
For tips on accessing risk advice, follow the Traveller checklist for University student activity travel.