Columbia University

Global Travel

Data, Technology and Export Controls

Keeping in mind that technology will make you a more valuable target to thieves and given the difficulties that international travel could pose, it is advisable that you only travel with devices that will be needed for your trip.

Once you know which devices you will be bringing with you, remember that mobile telephones, computers and other electronic devices don’t work the same everywhere. Group travel leads, staff in the host country and others directly involved in a particular international activity are the best source of information and advice for a particular location. Before leaving the United States, it could be helpful for travelers to review the following links with technology-related information:

In addition, citizens and permanent residents of the United States who travel outside of the U.S. to work in a host country office or elsewhere in that country should also be aware that their laptops, mobile phones, and other electronic devices they bring with them are subject to U.S. export controls. For additional details, go to U.S. Export Controls for CU Travelers.

Faculty and Staff

If you foresee needing to purchase IT equipment while traveling internationally, review the Procurement section of the Information Technology page on the Finance Gateway.

Please review the each of the links for this section, and if you have any questions please email us at