International Travel Tips

Before engaging in international travel, please complete the Provost’s “Out of Country Travel Procedures.”  It is also important to keep in mind that, when you leave the United States, you have responsibilities under international trade and export control law. Most international travel will not require a license.  However, travel to certain destinations with certain items may require a license from the U.S. government.  Additionally, many countries ban or severely regulate the import of certain items, such as encryption products.

U.S. export control regulations require that presentations and discussions be limited to topics that are not related to controlled commodities, software, or technology unless that information is already published or otherwise already in the public domain.  The following steps will help you prepare for an international trip.

1. Verify that your technology or information falls into one or more of the following categories prior to travelling:

  • Research which qualifies as fundamental research
  • Published information
  • Publicly available software
  • Educational information

2. Do not take any commodities, software, or technology that fall into one of the following categories:

  • Classified, Controlled Unclassified, or Export Controlled
  • Limited Distribution, Proprietary, Confidential, or Sensitive
  • Specifically designed for military, intelligence, space, encryption software, or nuclear related applications
  • Data or information received under a Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Data or information that results from a project with contractual constraints on the dissemination of the research results
  • Computer software received with restrictions on export to or on access by non-US Persons

3. Contact us to request a restricted party screen.

  • Restricted Party Screening (RPS) is an essential component of your export compliance. RPS determines if the individuals and companies with whom you desire to do business are on any government issued restricted, blocked, or denied party lists. Please request a restricted party screening for entities and individuals with whom you will be doing business.

During your travel, if you have a suspicious encounter, please record as much information as you can about the incident and email the upon your return.