COVID-19:

  • International Booking restrictions/required approvals vary by campus. Please review the campus restrictions page prior to making travel arrangements.
  • Visit the CDC’s International Travel During COVID-19 page prior to booking.
  • It is recommended to contact your campus International Education Office or Risk Management Office to enroll in CISI insurance. This insurance provides additional coverage in the event you are not able to return home due to a positive COVID-19 test result.

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International Travel FAQ

Travelers should first check Concur for lodging arrangements. If no suitable options are available, travelers may book with a lodging establishment of their choosing so long as the rate is below the rate maximum for the location. Acceptable lodging includes: hotels, hostels and Airbnb. In-kind lodging is allowable, but no expenses may be submitted for reimbursement if this lodging method is chosen. 

Air travel must be booked with the designated agency. International flights in excess of 8 hours may book Premium Economy seats.

Exception: If the traveler is purchasing the airfare while in travel status, outside of the United States, to a destination other than the United States, the airfare may be purchased directly with the air carrier. Third party sites (such as Expedia) are still non-reimbursable. 

All international faculty/staff travelers are strongly encouraged to register for CISI insurance. Students are required to register for this insurance.  Contact your risk management or international education office for registration instructions. 

Other travel insurances are not required, recommended or reimbursemable. 

Special Considerations for International Travel can be found in the Miscellanous Travel Expenses Policy. Receipts are required regardless of cost for the below items.

Reimbursable costs associated with Foreign/International travel:

  • Cost of testing required for travel (i.e. COVID testing)
  • Travel visas
  • required inoculations/vaccinations
  • foreign transaction fees incurred on corporate cards
  • business communications, including international calling plans when accompanied by business justification (individual phone calls are part of the M&IE per diem allowance)

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As a first step in planning any trip abroad, check the Travel Advisories for your intended destination.

  1. Madagascar - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

    Last Update:  Reissued after periodic review with updates to crime information in the Tsaratanana, Tsiroanomandidy, Maintirano, and Betroka areas.

    Exercise increased caution in Madagascar due to crime and civil unrest.  Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

    Reconsider travel to the following areas due to violent crime and banditry:

    • The area in and around the city of Tsaratanana in the Betsiboka Region;
    • The area along the unnamed road connecting the city of Tsiroanomandidy in the Bongolava Region with the coastal city of Maintirano in the Melaky Region; and
    • The area in and around the city of Betroka in the Anosy Region.

    Country Summary:  Most criminal activity is non-violent petty theft, pickpocketing, and other crimes of opportunity predominately in urban areas and in crowded markets.  Violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, occurs throughout Madagascar, particularly after dark, in remote areas, and along major national roads in the south and western areas of the country.

    Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Madagascar.

    If you decide to travel to Madagascar:

    Mid-Sized Urban Areas – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

    Violent crime, such as armed carjacking, banditry, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping can occur at any time.  Local police often lack the resources and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents in these areas:

    • The area in and around the city of Tsaratanana in the Betsiboka Region;
    • The area along the unnamed road connecting the city of Tsiroanomandidy in the Bongolava Region with the coastal city of Maintirano in the Melaky Region; and
    • The area in and around the city of Betroka in the Anosy Region.

    Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

  1. Nicaragua - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

    Reissued with updates to wrongful detention information.

    Reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to limited healthcare availability and arbitrary enforcement of laws. Exercise increased caution in Nicaragua due to crime, and wrongful detentions.

    Country Summary: The government of Nicaragua arbitrarily enforces laws for political purposes. Throughout Nicaragua, government officials and law enforcement continue to target those opposed to the rule of President Ortega. The government and its affiliated groups have been reported to:

    • Systematically target opposition figures (regardless of nationality), including former allies, political activists, business representatives, clergy, human rights advocates, and members of the press.
    • Arbitrarily target pro-democracy advocates.
    • Prevent certain individuals from departing Nicaragua by air or land for political reasons.
    • Arbitrarily seize and/or search private property including personal phones and computers for anti-government content.
    • Arbitrarily charge individuals with terrorism, money laundering, and organized crime offenses for political reasons.

    U.S. citizens have reported being subject to this treatment. U.S. citizen residents of Nicaragua also report increased scrutiny of alleged political speech and additional scrutiny by immigration officials. 

    The Department has determined the risk of wrongful detention of U.S. nationals by the Government of Nicaragua exists.

    Travelers should exercise increased caution and be alert to the risks of crime, including violent crimes such as sexual assault and armed robbery.

    Poor infrastructure in parts of the country limits the Embassy’s ability to assist U.S. citizens in emergencies. U.S. government personnel may be subject to restrictions on their movements at any time.

    Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Nicaragua.

    If you decide to travel to Nicaragua:

    • Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before planning any international travel, and read the Embassy COVID-19 page for country-specific COVID-19 information.
    • Consider arrangements to depart the country quickly.
    • Ensure your U.S. passport is valid and available for a quick departure from the country, if needed.
    • Avoid demonstrations and restrict unnecessary travel.
    • Do not attempt to drive through crowds, barricades, or roadblocks.
    • Maintain adequate supplies of food, cash, potable water, and fuel in case you need to shelter in place.
    • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
    • Keep a low profile.
    • Do not display signs of wealth such as expensive watches or jewelry.
    • Be aware of your surroundings.
    • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
    • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
    • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
    • Review the Country Security Report for Nicaragua.
    • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
    • Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

  1. Somalia - Level 4: Do Not Travel

    Reissued with updates to security information.

    Do not travel to Somalia due to crimeterrorism, civil unrest, health issues, kidnapping, and piracy.

    Country Summary:  Violent crime, such as kidnapping and murder, is common throughout Somalia, including Puntland and the Somaliland region.  Illegal roadblocks are widespread. Some schools and other facilities acting as “cultural rehabilitation” centers are operating throughout Somalia with inadequate or nonexistent licensing and oversight.  Reports of physical abuse and people being held against their will in these facilities are common.

    Terrorists continue to plot kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks in Somalia. They may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting airports and seaports, government buildings, hotels, restaurants, shopping areas, and other areas that attract large crowds and are frequented by Westerners, as well as government, military, and Western convoys.  Methods of attack can include car bombs, suicide bombers, individual attackers, and mortar fire, among others. While some areas have experienced less severe terrorist activity, such as the Somaliland region, where there have been no major terrorist attacks since 2008, terrorist attacks involving the indiscriminate use of explosive devices and other weapons can take place anywhere in Somalia at any time without warning.  The U.S. Embassy heavily restricts the movement of its employees in Mogadishu based on the critical threat environment.

    Civil unrest occurs throughout Somalia and can sometimes be violent.

    Medical facilities across Somalia have limited capacity and are often nonexistent in rural areas.

    Pirates are active in the waters off the Horn of Africa, especially in the international waters near Somalia.

    The U.S. government has extremely limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Somalia due to the lack of permanent consular presence in Somalia, including the Somaliland region.

    Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Somalia, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Special Federal Aviation Regulation.  For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions, and Notices.

    Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Somalia.

    If you decide to travel to Somalia:

    • Review your personal security plan and visit our page on Travel to High-Risk Areas.
    • Avoid sailing near the coast of Somalia and review the Live Piracy Report published by the International Maritime Bureau.
    • Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney.
    • Discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc.
    • Share important documents, login information, and points of contact with loved ones so that they can manage your affairs if you are unable to return as planned to the United States.  Find a suggested list of such documents here.
    • Establish your own personal security plan in coordination with your employer or host organization (if you are traveling on business) or consider consulting with a professional security organization.
    • Develop a communication plan with family and/or your employer or host organization (if you are traveling on business), so that they can monitor your safety and location as you travel through high-risk areas.  This plan should specify whom you would contact first, and how that person should share the information.
    • Identify key sources of possible assistance for you and your family in case of emergency, such as the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, FBI, the State Department, your employer (if traveling on business), and local friends/family in the high-risk area.
    • Be sure to appoint one family member to serve as the point of contact with hostage-takers, media, U.S. and host country government agencies, and members of Congress if you are taken hostage or detained.
    • Establish a proof of life protocol with your loved ones, so that if you are taken hostage, your loved ones can know specific questions (and answers) to ask the hostage-takers to be sure that you are alive (and to rule out a hoax).
    • Leave DNA samples with your medical provider in case it is necessary for your family to access them.
    • Erase any sensitive photos, comments, or other materials from your social media pages, cameras, laptops, and other electronic devices that could be considered controversial or provocative by local groups.
    • Leave your expensive/sentimental belongings behind.
    • Enroll your trip in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
    • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
    • Review the Country Security Report for Somalia.
    • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
    • Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel, and read the Embassy COVID-19 page for country-specific COVID-19 information.
    • Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.