Columbia University

Global Travel

Prepare Before You Go

Columbia travelers need to take an active role in addressing administrative, health and safety concerns inherent to international travel. If you are planning a trip abroad, recognize that certain regions require special considerations due to political, cultural, legal or health-related reasons. Your careful review and consideration of the current state of the host country to be visited is an essential element of international work.

The CU Medical and Emergency Resources for Global Travelers chart includes a quick snapshot of current resources available from the University for international travelers. Further details on each resource are included within this section of the site.

With thorough preparation, most overseas problems and emergencies can be avoided or resolved quickly. It is important that you start planning and preparing for your international trip as far in advance as possible, at least two to three months prior to departure.


In addition to reviewing this section, when traveling with a Columbia-sponsored program or group, your primary contact and source for guidance is the sponsoring University department for that program.

Faculty and Other Officers

Your University department may already have international travel procedures that are complementary to this site; that department should be the primary source for guidance to ensure that you are compliant with all the required administrative steps prior to travel. The following checklists can be helpful in ensuring that you are prepared regarding all aspects of international travel. 

In addition to these checklists, when considering a project outside the U.S., you should review the Finance Gateway pages on Global Support.

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