Thanks for your submission. Please read the information below and print out a copy for your records.
You will be receiving an email back from the OGHE in 5-7 business days with the link and amount owed for your travel health insurance coverage and instructions for paying on-line. In that same OGHE email, you will also receive an email giving you access to the GLBE999.MOD.1112 Sakai Site where you will find the required module and corresponding quiz. You are also required to sign the Code of Conduct and register your individual travel with the UNC Global Travel Registry.
Next, these insurance requests are typically processed once a week, and after processing you will receive an email from Geo Blue, which is the insurance company. Do not delete that email! You will need that email to serve as your “insurance card”.
Please read and print the information below.
PLEASE PRINT OUT THIS INFORMATION TO TAKE WITH YOU. YOU SHOULD ALSO GIVE A COPY TO A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER STAYING IN THE USA ALONG WITH YOUR PASSPORT INFORMATION, ITINERARY FOR TRAVEL AND EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION.
UNC resident physicians traveling as part of their education, for research or other formal work, regardless of funding through the University must all review the US State Department country- specific consular information and any travel warnings or alerts (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html) as well as the information on the Center for Disease Control site (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/) prior to travel. Though there are inherent unpredictable risks with living and working globally, it is our intention that UNC SOM students, residents and faculty who are traveling for global health opportunities will have the information necessary to be as safe as possible and be prepared to respond in an emergency.
All UNC/H resident physicians traveling as part of their formal residency training (e.g. other than personal travel on vacation) should be aware of the travel restrictions of the UNC/Chapel Hill Office of the Provost and the pre-travel requirements through both the OIA and for the GME office. UNC Office of the Provost closely follows the information from the US State Department (for political and civil unrest issues as well as natural disasters) and the Center for Disease Control (for health/epidemic issues) in making decisions about where UNC personnel can travel at any given time based on health and safety risks. It is important to be aware that some countries are off limits for travel for academic/research purposes. The list of countries changes when new travel warnings and alerts are released by the State Department or CDC, and is kept up to date on the UNC Global website: https://global.unc.edu/travel-info/
All UNC resident physicians must also purchase Geo Blue international insurance coverage as directed: coverage includes international health and evacuation/repatriation coverage.
If you would like to have additional coverage beyond time with UNC work, you can purchase before and after coverage for a maximum of 30 days directly through Geo Blue.
PLEASE PRINT TO TAKE WITH YOU!
Pre-‐Travel Requirements for ALL Resident Physicians traveling in affiliation with UNC
UNC Office of the Provost closely follows the information from the U.S. State Department (for political and civil unrest issues as well as natural disasters) and the Center for Disease Control (for health/epidemic issues) in making decisions about where UNC students, faculty and staff can travel at any given time based on health and safety risks and the UNC Global Travel Registry is used to contact individuals if needed. It is important to be aware that some countries are off limits for travel for academic/research purposes. The list of countries changes when new travel warnings and alerts are released by the State Department or CDC. This policy is intended to keep us safe. Current travel guidance is listed here: https://global.unc.edu/preparing-for-international-travel/travel-outside-u-s/
Go to this website before you leave the US, and record this information for your country of travel so you have it easily available. Before you travel, you should also complete travel registration on the US Dept of State website at: https://step.state.gov/step/. This lets the State Department know that you are traveling/staying in a particular country in case there is a need to find you.
Address and phone # of US Embassy or Consulate:
BE PREPARED to give information on the name of the person injured/ill or the situation that has occurred along with time, date and place, the telephone # of the person reporting the emergency and a time and # when further communication can take place about the emergency and preferred method (fax, phone, email)
- If you have a medical emergency (serious illness/hospitalization or injury/ injury due to sexual or other assault) that may need attention beyond what is locally available while you are out of the USA, contact the Geo Blue or email email@example.com. If it is a life threatening emergency, seek medical care THEN call Geo Blue
- If you have a non-‐medical emergency (know of a disappearance/kidnapping of another student or criminal assault or you are involved in a police action) contact the US embassy or consulate in the country where you are staying. If appropriate, embassy personnel will contact local police on your behalf. Embassy/Consulate information is available at: https://www.usembassy.gov/
- If there is concern for serious political crisis or a national disaster (political violence or state of emergency, natural disaster such as a flood or hurricane) in the country where you are staying which is recognized as a state of emergency necessitating evacuation, contact the US embassy who will have information available and a plan for US citizens living abroad for safety precautions and/or evacuation if necessary. In the instance of/concern regarding serious political crisis or natural disaster, contact the US embassy THEN contact Geo Blue as in some situations they may assist with evacuation or emergency plans.
- If you are a victim of sexual assault/sexual violence abroad, you may contact Pathways to Safety. They provide confidential sexual assault prevention & response worldwide: https://pathwaystosafety.org/contact-us/ When you return to the US, confidential counseling services are available for students, staff and faculty. Faculty and staff should contact the Employee Assistance Program.
- You should also always travel with name and contacts in the US in an emergency (e.g. family members, Residency Program Director and/or Residency Coordinator, Department Chairman).
Thank you and safe travels from the Office of Global Health Education!
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Office of Global Health Education
1002 Bondurant Hall, CB# 9535
Chapel Hill NC 27599-9535
THANKS, and have a great experience!