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Columbia travelers must 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 your travel destination(s) is critical to your trip’s success.

The International Travel Planning Policy establishes a set of guidelines and requirements for planning international Columbia Travel, which includes Columbia-Led Travel and Columbia-Facilitated and/or Recognized Travel. Pre-travel requirements described in the policy impact students, Officers of Administration, support staff, faculty, and other Columbia employees traveling internationally with students or organizing international student travel.

Contact your school/department Administrator prior to making travel plans. Some schools and departments assist students in the completion of the pre-departure steps.

Undergraduate students planning international travel must comply with the Undergraduate International Travel Policy. ​​​​​​

*For travel to a High and/or Extreme Risk location, students are required to complete the High and/or Extreme Risk Travel Approval Form. Upon completion of this form, return to Global Travel at globaltravel@columbia.edu for processing. Global Travel will effectuate review by the Dean and Provost for Morningside Affiliates, or the Dean and EVP and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine for CUIMC Affiliates. 

Your University department may have additional 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. 

Officers of Instruction, Officers of Research, Officers of the Libraries and Postdoctoral Fellows/Scholars traveling with students also are required to register international Columbia Travel. For other travel to Medium-, High-, and Extreme-risk locations, they are strongly encouraged to have their itinerary reviewed by ISOS. They must ensure that all student travelers have complied with all pre-departure travel requirements as noted above.

Officers of Instruction, Officers of Research, Officers of the Libraries and Postdoctoral Fellows/Scholars traveling without students are strongly encouraged to register their international Columbia Travel. For travel to Medium-, High-, and Extreme-risk locations, they are strongly encouraged to have their itinerary reviewed by ISOS.

Officers of Instruction, Officers of Research, Officers of the Libraries and Postdoctoral Fellows/Scholars who organize or facilitate international student trips must ensure that all student travelers have complied with all pre-departure travel requirements as noted above.

 

Your University department may have additional 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. 

If planning travel with Undergraduate students, you must comply with the Undergraduate International Travel Planning Policy