Considerations for international travel
Essential information for travelers
The Office of International Programs provides information about the following:
- Obtaining passports and visas
- Health and safety when traveling abroad
- International Travel Registry: Free online system that documents international travel plans for WSU students, scholars, faculty, and staff who travel outside the U.S. for WSU-related, not-for-credit activities.
Export control laws
Are you taking project information and equipment with you, such as computers. software, or other tools? Steps may be necessary to comply with export control laws. Complete the export controls decision tree to determine what measures are needed for compliance.
Do you need written approval from your sponsor before traveling to another country? Check with the Office of Research Support and Operations coordinator to determine if sponsor approval is necessary.
Medical coverage while you are overseas
WSU has contracted with On Call International to provide emergency and non-emergency related services and benefits while WSU employees are traveling internationally. On Call International responds to critical medical or safety emergencies and can also help you resolve non-critical day-to-day travel issues. Additional information about these services is available at On Call’s WSU Searchlight Portal. The group ID is 100061CPPD16.
Guidance when traveling with technology
WSU strongly recommends that the baseline precautions outlined here are adhered to during international travel to reduce risk to yourself and to the University.
Prior to traveling, determine if the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel advisory for the country that you are planning to travel to. The article that is most relevant to guide your travel preparations will depend on the country to which you are traveling.
Please see WSU Information Technology Services Security Tips for International Travel for additional information. If you have questions about this information, please contact your local IT support personnel.
Faculty, students, and staff who are involved in international travel should always use general precautions to protect themselves and their technology.
Extra precautions are advised if the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel advisory for the country that you are planning to travel to.
The Fly America Act
The Fly America Act is a federal regulation stating that any foreign air travel financed by federal funds must be booked on U.S. air carriers, regardless of cost or convenience. The principal investigator (PI) or his/her designee is responsible for ensuring that all air travel charged to federal-funded accounts are in compliance with this regulation.
Compliance with the Fly America Act is the responsibility of each traveler. Before making arrangements for air travel through the University, the traveler should investigate the funding type and, ensure the booking is in accordance with any requirements or restrictions.