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International Travel Planning Policy

Original Policy Effective Date: February 1, 2016

Revised Policy Effective Date: January 16, 2019


Policy Statement

An essential part of Columbia University’s mission is “to support research and teaching on global issues” and “to convey the products of its efforts to the world.” These activities frequently involve travel outside of the United States. While traveling internationally can be an enriching experience, it also entails risks. Because of this, careful planning must precede international travel, even for seasoned travelers. Each travel destination requires a different strategy for responding to small inconveniences and serious emergencies.

This policy establishes a set of guidelines and requirements for planning international travel and covers international Columbia Travel, which includes Columbia-Led Travel and Columbia-Facilitated and/or Recognized Travel, as defined below. It does not cover Non-Columbia Travel.

Pre-travel requirements described in the Policy primarily impact (a) students, Officers of Administration, support staff, and (b) faculty and other Columbia employees traveling internationally with students or organizing international student travel. However, all Columbia employees who conduct international Columbia Travel are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Policy.


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