Before You Go

How to Prepare:

  • Keep a copy of your itinerary email or download to a travel app. One recommended app is TripIt.
  • Visit for travel guidelines and restrictions.
  • Visit Planning and Paying for Travel for allowable travel expenses including receipt requirements.
  • Confirm your meal allowance amounts.
  • Notify all credit card providers of your travel plans so cards will not be placed on a fraud alert hold.
  • Travelers should carry the CISI Traveler Identification Card with them while traveling.
    • All Academic University Employees traveling on University business are automatically covered by our international traveler assistance program. Beginning on 1/1/19 coverage will be provided by CISI. Travelers should carry the CISI Traveler Identification Card with them while traveling. When travel is booked through Christopherson Business Travel (CBT), links to this information are printed at the bottom of each itinerary. The CISI plan covers evacuation, repatriation, and security coverage at no cost to employees. Coverage is also available to family members traveling with employees and for leisure travel by contacting CISI at


Special International Travel Considerations:

  • Obtain prior approval from the Office of Export Controls at or 982-5725 if you are traveling with University owned laptops, smart phones, or any other equipment or are traveling to sanctioned countries (Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Ukraine).
  • Visit the Department of State's Travel Advisory site to learn of any travel advisories or warnings for the country or countries you plan to visit.
  • Be sure your passport is current. Many countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay.
  • Make photocopy images of your passport, driver’s license, and critical prescriptions and other important paperwork and leave one copy with someone at home and carry one copy separate from the originals in case your travel documents are misplaced or stolen.
  • Check to see if a visa is required for the country or countries you are visiting or through which you are transiting. To learn about visa requirements visit
  • Check and understand the currency exchange rate before you travel.
  • Be aware of the tipping customs of the country you will be visiting.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • Determine what shots and immunizations you need before you go by visiting
    • The Centers for Disease Control offers detailed and summary information on health concerns and foreign travel.
  • Currently enrolled students should contact Student Health for assistance with immunizations.


If You Need to Cancel Your Trip:

  • Airline - you must cancel your airline ticket prior to flight departure either through Christopherson Business Travel (CBT) or directly with the airline in order to retain your future travel credit. Most airlines will allow you to reuse your flight credit for up to one year from the date of purchase with a change fee.
  • Hotel - cancel before the hotel cancellation policy goes into effect. This is detailed on your itinerary. Cancel through CBT or directly with the hotel. Retain your cancellation number for your records.
  • Other (rail, car, etc.) – cancel through CBT or directly with the railway, car company, etc. to avoid cancellation penalties.