These resources will help you to make an informed decision about where it is safe to travel.

Review the details

Read the MIT International Travel Risk Policy and make use of the resources in the Travel Abroad section of the International Coordinating Committee website. For questions related to travel safety and security planning, contact Todd Holmes, Program Manager for International Safety and Security, for additional services. 

Please note that the Travel Risk Policy prohibits students from traveling to areas designated as high or extreme in the Travel Risk Policy unless a waiver is granted by the Chancellor via the High Risk Travel Policy Waiver Process. Faculty and staff are advised to fully understand the risks and not travel to Extreme and High Travel Warning locales, although there is no prohibition to do so in the policy. Faculty and staff are required to sign and submit a risk acknowledgment form for High and Extreme Travel Warning locations.

For DLCs sending students abroad, please review the Sending Students Abroad page to ensure additional factors are completed.

Apply for a Travel Risk Policy Waiver

Students are required to read the MIT International Travel Risk Policy in its entirety and download the High-Risk Travel Policy Waiver application, complete it, gathering all the required documents and letters of support, and submit to the committee per the instructions. At a minimum, it takes three weeks to render a decision once submitted. Applications submitted for travel less than three weeks before departure date may not have enough time to be reviewed.

Know your support systems

In an emergency abroad, contact International SOS to activate support. International SOS informs MIT of a traveler emergency in order to mobilize additional resources if needed. There are important issues to review in the ICC Travel Logistics page. Each DLC sending students should ensure student trips are registered and appropriate emergency contact information is included. Registration is required for students traveling with MIT-sponsored programs. Please contact your program manager for information on how to register your trip.

Find out about documents and immunizations

Consult the ICC Your Health section regarding medical preparations and insurance coverage. Learn more at the MIT Medical Travel Health Clinic.

More details and a list of considerations are available on the ICC Travel Abroad Checklist page.

The Details

Review the details

Read the MIT International Travel Risk Policy and make use of the resources in the Travel Abroad section of the International Coordinating Committee website. For questions related to travel safety and security planning, contact Todd Holmes, Program Manager for International Safety and Security, for additional services. 

Please note that the Travel Risk Policy prohibits students from traveling to areas designated as high or extreme in the Travel Risk Policy unless a waiver is granted by the Chancellor via the High Risk Travel Policy Waiver Process. Faculty and staff are advised to fully understand the risks and not travel to Extreme and High Travel Warning locales, although there is no prohibition to do so in the policy. Faculty and staff are required to sign and submit a risk acknowledgment form for High and Extreme Travel Warning locations.

For DLCs sending students abroad, please review the Sending Students Abroad page to ensure additional factors are completed.

Apply for a Travel Risk Policy Waiver

Students are required to read the MIT International Travel Risk Policy in its entirety and download the High-Risk Travel Policy Waiver application, complete it, gathering all the required documents and letters of support, and submit to the committee per the instructions. At a minimum, it takes three weeks to render a decision once submitted. Applications submitted for travel less than three weeks before departure date may not have enough time to be reviewed.

Know your support systems

In an emergency abroad, contact International SOS to activate support. International SOS informs MIT of a traveler emergency in order to mobilize additional resources if needed. There are important issues to review in the ICC Travel Logistics page. Each DLC sending students should ensure student trips are registered and appropriate emergency contact information is included. Registration is required for students traveling with MIT-sponsored programs. Please contact your program manager for information on how to register your trip.

Find out about documents and immunizations

Consult the ICC Your Health section regarding medical preparations and insurance coverage. Learn more at the MIT Medical Travel Health Clinic.

More details and a list of considerations are available on the ICC Travel Abroad Checklist page.

Did You Know?

Expenses not directly related to the business purpose of your travel—fitness club fees and movie rentals, for example—will not be reimbursed by MIT.
MIT offers mobile travel-related tools and applications, such as TripLink and the Concur mobile app in the App Center of Concur.
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