Passports are required for all overseas travel. In addition, China requires an entry visa. Each participant is responsible for obtaining a current passport and visa. Passport information, downloadable forms and directions are available on the US Department of State’s website: http://travel.state.gov/passport. Visa information can be obtained from the Embassy and Consulates General of the People’s Republic of China in the United States. Their website is: http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/ Program participants will receive detailed visa application instructions from the program administrator.
All program participants must provide a legible copy of both their passport and their visa to the UMKC program administrator no later than April 30, 2014. Faxed copies are NOT acceptable.
Each participant is responsible for his or her own compliance with customs regulations. Information is available on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s website: http://www.cbp.gov/.
Liability and Insurance
By registering, you agree that the University of Missouri-Kansas City shall not be liable for any personal injury, illness, property damage or loss you or persons traveling with you incur in connection with any accommodations, meals, transportation or other services resulting directly or indirectly from any occurrences or conditions including but not limited to: defects in vehicles, equipment breakdown, strikes, thefts, delays or changes in itinerary or schedules that are beyond UMKC’s control. Each participant will be required to submit a signed “Assumption of Risk and Release Form” with their registration form.
The University requires all program participants to provide specific proof of insurance for emergency medical evacuation and expatriation of remains. Most standard medical insurance plans do not include these two required benefits, and many do not provide medical coverage overseas; therefore enrollment in a group policy is required for all program registrants through HTH Worldwide. Enrollments may be completed on-line at: www.hthstudents.com. The access code you’ll need to enroll in the UMKC policy is BJA-2348. This plan also includes overseas medical coverage. After on-line enrollment in the HTH plan, you must forward the emailed confirmation / acknowledgement from HTH to Nancy Kunkel at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 30, 2014. Any non-HTH plans must be submitted to the program administrator for review prior to April 1, 2014. A copy of the outline of coverage plus proof of insurance must be included for review; coverage must meet or exceed the HTH benefits. If the current coverage does not meet the eligibility requirements, the program participant must enroll in the HTH plan.
You are advised to obtain insurance against accidents and loss of baggage. You may also wish to consider trip cancellation insurance.
Persons with disabilities should discuss any concerns with the UMKC Director or Program Coordinator. Public access accommodation in China is not equivalent to U.S. standards.