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International Travel

International travel is defined as travel to, between, or within countries outside the United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and its territories and possessions. University of Illinois System international business travel must be authorized by the department head or authorized delegate. It is the employee's responsibility to ensure their travel arrangements comply with University of Illinois policies and procedures and that their claims for reimbursement are accurate. For additional information and policies on international travel, see Section 15, Travel of the Business and Financial Policies and Procedures manual.

Travel Assistance

University of Illinois System employees have access to three travel assistance programs provided at no cost as part of employee benefits.

Travel Warnings

System employees traveling abroad should take heed of the travel warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State. For a current listing, visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Visitors to the U.S.

Students from abroad coming to the United States may find helpful information from their university international student affairs offices.

For additional information regarding visitors to the U.S., see Section 18.2 Foreign Nationals of the Business and Financial Policies and Procedures manual.

International Travel and Export Controls

The University Ethics and Compliance Office is producing a series of 5-minute animated videos on important compliance topics for employees traveling internationally. These are not training videos. The intent is to promote awareness so employees will know when to seek additional guidance.

Travel Resources

US Government Sites

  • Websites of U.S. Embassies - A link to US Embassies and other diplomatic missions.
  • United States Customs - The official website of U.S. customs and border protection.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - The official website of the National Center for Infectious Disease.
  • Passport Information - U.S. State Department Passport Services and Information.
  • International Travel - U.S. State Department's Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (ACS) website administers the Consular Information Program, which informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. Country specific Information, travel alerts, and travel warnings are vital parts of this program.
  • Emergency Services to U.S. Citizens Abroad - State Department website listing emergency services (legal, medical, etc.) to U.S. citizens traveling abroad.

Tourism Sites

  • World Travel Guide - A travel guide detailing the tourism, business, and government activities of nearly every country.
  • Fodors - An online guide specializing in hotel and restaurant reviews and travel information.
  • Foreign Language Converter - An online service capable of providing an English interpretation of foreign words.
  • Flight Information - Website with domestic and international flight information.