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Global Travel

Export Controls for CU International Travelers

Columbia travelers frequently bring their laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and other similar electronic devices while travelling overseas. Although routine, taking these devices to international destinations constitutes an “export” under U.S. export control laws. In addition, certain software or information loaded onto these devices might be subject to export restrictions.  

In most cases, you can bring your laptop and other electronic devices to another country on routine travel without seeking an export license, but conditions and limitations do apply.  In addition, special rules may apply to travel to and other transactions involving Sanctioned Countries

Please review Guidelines on Export Controls for Columbia International TravelersThis guidance will help you recognize when to seek expert assistance before travelling abroad with electronic devices.

For more information on export controls and before engaging in international projects, visit the Global Support pages on U.S. Export Controls.