International Travel Compliance
MSU System International Travel Policy Overview
International travelers are defined as all students, staff, faculty or other participants (chaperone, high school students, students from other universities, alumni, or other non students) undertaking international travel under the auspices of the university.
This website is designed to support the international engagement of MSU students, faculty and staff in a responsible manner and to follow requirements and procedures outlined in the MSU International Travel Policy.
University international travel means travel outside the United States organized, sponsored, or supported by the University, or a unit thereof, including travel by international travelers (as defined above) for research, teaching, sabbaticals, conferences, study abroad, internships, practica, student teaching, community or university service, or group travel whether accompanied by a faculty member or not, whether offered for credit or not, and travel by registered student organizations, club sports, or athletic teams. Travel supported, at least in part, by sponsored research grants, contracts, F&A funds, or other university administered funds will be considered travel supported by the University.
Note: The MSU International Travel Registry is managed and maintained by the MSU Bozeman Office of International Programs.
International Travel Policy Regulations
Based on recent Commissioner of Higher Education guidance for the Montana University system, any MSUB sponsored travel to countries rated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Level 4 is prohibited. Faculty, staff, and students wishing to travel to countries rated Department of State (DOS) levels 3 or 4 or CDC level 3 are required to petition permission for travel from the MSUB International Travel Review Committee (ITRC) by submitting a risk management plan with enhanced COVID-specific risk mitigation and contingency plans with final approval by the Provost. Students participating in an approved program will be required to participate in an online health and safety course and will complete an enhanced risk management plan. Every approved traveler is also required to sign a COVID-specific additional agreement and acknowledgement of risk, register their travel with the MSU International Travel Registry, and purchase a GeoBlue International Insurance Plan.
MSUB acknowledges that the COVID-19 situation is evolving quickly around the world. As a result, CDC and DOS levels may change with very little notice. The ITRC is committed to reviewing petitions with a quick turn-around to accommodate these changes. We recognize the challenging conditions created for our community by the pandemic while acknowledging its uneven impact around the world.
To petition to travel internationally to a DOS Level 3 or 4 or CDC Level 3 country, contant Dr. Paul Foster, the Executive Director of The Office of International Studies.
International Group Travel
All MSUB groups that will be traveling abroad, including to Canada for more than 24 hours, must go through a series of approvals and documentation. Group travel can either be academic (i.e. study abroad) or non-academic (i.e. athletic event or student organization). Please select the appropriate button for your group travel abroad.
MSUB Employee International Travel
60 DAYS (in advance of travel)
- Complete the MSU Travel Authorization and/of Travel Advance Request Form ; Submit to your sponsoring department for approval in advance of travel.
30 DAYS (in advance of travel)
- Purchase GeoBlue International Travel Health Insurance.
- Register your travel in the MSU International Travel Registry
- Provide verification of registration in the MSU International Travel Registry to sponsoring department
Review Travel Health and Safety Resources
- MSU International Travel Clinic
- Center for Disease Control Travel Notices
- U.S. Department of State International Travel Considerations
- The University recommends that all international travelers who are U.S. citizens register information of their planned travel with the U.S. Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
- All students, faculty and staff must comply with U.S. federal law regarding export controls and sanctions