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Foreign Travel

ASU sends faculty and staff all over the globe to conduct international research and business. Global Operations exists to support these international endeavors through smart travel. Read through our many tips, reminders, and resources in this section to prepare for your next trip. And check out our new Smart Travel Checklist to learn more about planning and preparing for international research travel. 

Know Your Destination


High Risk Countries

ASU may restrict travel to countries or regions designated as a Travel Warning Area by the U.S. Department of State. Travel requests to Travel Warning Areas will need to be reviewed and approved by the International Travel Advisory Committee. 

Identifying Safety, Security, & Health Concerns

Before you commit to going to a particular country, research that country to understand the conditions. Some countries have well known health, safety, and security concerns while other countries may surprise you or may have rapidly changing conditions. The Department of State's Country Information page is a good place to start when researching a country.  For each country listed, you can view a destination description and information on embassies and consulates, safety and security, local laws and special circumstances, health, and travel and transportation.


Safety & Security Information

The Department of State’s Travel Alerts and Warnings page provides a list of countries with an elevated safety and security risk.  If the country to which you are traveling is on this list, determine precautions you need to take before traveling there. In some cases, it may be best to delay or cancel your trip. 


Health Information

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Travel Health Notices page highlights health concerns about a particular country. Triggers for a health notice include "disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health." There are three levels of travel notices:


Sources of Information

While U.S. federal agencies are a great source of reliable travel information, they may not always provide the depth of information you require. Leverage other sources of information, including:

OFAC Sanctioned Countries


Understanding OFAC Sanctions

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposes sanctions on countries, individuals and groups who are threats to the U.S. Can you name an OFAC sanctioned country? This includes travel restrictions for Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Sudan. If you are traveling to a country in conflict, check to see if it is on the OFAC sanctions list.


Traveling to Sanctioned Countries

If you are traveling to a sanctioned country, you may need to get a license from the U.S. Treasury Department to do so. Whether you need a license depends not only on your destination, but also on the purpose of your trip and the equipment you will bring. To determine whether you need a license, contact the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance.

After obtaining any necessary licenses, you will also need to obtain special insurance coverage. Review ASU Insurance Services' page on Traveling to Sanctioned Countries and submit the required information to them at least two months in advance of your trip. For additional information on insurance coverage, contact ASU Insurance Services.



The opportunity for Americans to travel to Cuba is new and exciting, but there are still some restrictions in place and challenges to getting there. Review our What to Know before You Go to Cuba document before booking your travel. 


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