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Domestic and International Travel Restrictions

Both your travel and related activities might have export compliance implications. It matters not only where you are traveling but also why and what you might be taking with you.

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International Travel

Where are you going?

If you are traveling to any of the E-1 (Embargoed) countries/areas, you likely will need an export license in order to take the trip. Please consult with the export control office well in advance of your trip (8-12 months) so we can help you with any necessary U.S. State Department licensing.

What are you taking with you?

  1. If you are taking a laptop/tablet/USB drive or other consumer electronic device, that's generally not a problem. However, you must ensure that there is no export controlled technical information stored on the device or accessible through the device.
    • Please note that if you access export controlled information while abroad, by email or through university-networked servers, that is considered an export.
    • It's easiest if you don't access export controlled information while abroad.
  2. If you are taking or shipping anything else including but not limited to the following, we need to evaluate your equipment to determine if you need an export license from the U.S. Department of Commerce:
    • Non-public technical data;
    • Other electronic devices not covered above;
    • Technical instrumentation; 
    • Chemicals;
    • Biological materials/samples; or
    • Safety equipment.

We can help, so please talk with us well in advance of your trip (8-12 months) in case you need an export license.

Domestic Travel

Why are you traveling?

If you are traveling to a closed conference or meeting (where attendance is restricted in some way or participants are not allowed to take notes on the presentations) there might be restrictions. This is true whether it's domestic or international travel.

We can help you determine if any restrictions apply or a license is needed. 

What are you taking with you?

  1. If you are taking a laptop/tablet/USB drive or other consumer electronic device, that's generally not a problem. However, you must ensure that there is no export controlled technical information stored on the device or accessible through the device.
    • Please note that if you access export controlled information, by email or through university-networked servers, it could result in an export if foreign nationals have access.
  2. If you are taking or shipping anything else including but not limited to the following, we need to evaluate your equipment to determine if you need an export license from the U.S. Department of Commerce:
    • Non-public technical data;
    • Other electronic devices not covered above;
    • Technical instrumentation; 
    • Chemicals;
    • Biological materials/samples; or
    • Safety equipment.

We can help, so please talk with us well in advance of your trip (8-12 months) in case you need an export license.