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International Travel Do's and Dont's


1. Consult the Data Security Recommendations for International Travelers for extensive information about traveling with laptops and other electronic devices.

2. Screen the country and institution you plan to visit against the Consolidated Screening List and screen the people you plan to meet against the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (Or ask us to do the screening for you!). Do this early in the planning process.

3. Be very careful about discussing any research that has not been published or establishing research collaborations.

4. Consult the Commerce Control List if you plan to leave anything behind in the country you visit. For example, research instruments or "gifts" for your hosts.

5. Consult this office if there is ANY indication that a license may be needed for a visit.


1. Assume that an institution or person in a country that is friendly to the US is not on a government watch list.

2. Assume that obtaining a license from Department of Commerce or Department of the Treasury replaces the need for you to obtain a visa from the country you plan to visit.

3. Do not commit to invited foreign persons to visit CMU to study or conduct research until you have discussed the matter with your department chair or college dean.

4. Assume anything about being able to travel to North Korea, Syria, Iran, Crimea Region of Ukraine, or Cuba. These countries are subject to very stringent controls on exports and financial transactions.

Updated 3/28/2020

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