International Engagement

International Travel and with Technology

Disclosure to U-M is required for outside activities, relationships, and interests (including affiliations and research/in-kind support) with international and domestic entities. Federal and U-M resources listed below can assist with making disclosure determinations.

Preparing to Go Abroad

Faculty, staff, and students traveling internationally to conduct or present research or in the context of their job responsibilities or, in the case of students, academic endeavors, are considered to be on University of Michigan Related Travel (UMRT). While a trip might include personal activities outside of the traveler’s job or academic responsibilities, if the primary purpose is work- or academic- related, the trip is UMRT. All UMRT criteria can be found within the International Travel Policy SPG 601.31 and examples of UMRT on the Global Michigan webpage. Faculty, staff, and students on UMRT must adhere to requirements outlined within the policy, including: 

  • Register your international travel with U-M: 
        • Travel registration is required for faculty, staff, and students on UMRT and is optional for those traveling for personal reasons.
        • Travel registration takes just minutes and allows U-M to quickly and accurately locate and assist U-M travelers abroad in the event of a health, safety, or security crisis. 
        • Students on international UMRT are required to be enrolled in GeoBlue.
        • Faculty and staff on international UMRT are automatically covered under the GeoBlue (Business Plan) and can access an insurance card in the Travel Registry.

Determine Risk Specific to Your Travel Destination(s)

Your travel location may increase risk of wrongful detention, harassment, or intellectual property theft, or trigger export controls. Though these risks may exist in any country, the U.S. government identifies countries of particular concern as described below. Each of these countries are rated a U-M Travel Warning or U-M Travel Restriction as detailed on Global Michigan. A summary of countries with known increased risk include: 

  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • China 
  • Cuba 
  • Eritrea 
  • Iran
  • Nicaragua 
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • Syria 
  • Ukraine (Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic regions) 
  • Venezuela

Wrongful Detention or Harassment: Within the Department of State Travel Advisories, the State Department identifies 8 countries with a higher risk of wrongful detention, including Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela. Though these countries have State Department advisories, instances of harassment, extended questioning at secondary inspection, and detainment occur in other locations as well, such as Egypt, Israel, Turkey, and more. Travelers concerned about wrongful detention should contact the Global Engagement Team at umich-itoc@umich.edu.

Export Controls: International travel by U-M employees or students may be subject to export control regulations depending on the travel destination and the hardware, software, and/or technical data that is taken. Destinations subject to the most comprehensive U.S. embargos include Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and the Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. Learn more at  U-M International Travel and Export Controls. Travelers going to sanctioned countries should contact the UM Export Control Program (exportcontrols@umich.edu) to assure travel complies with U.S. regulations.

Travel Safely with Technology and Information to Prevent Theft or Loss

Technology needs and risks can vary by international destination. Personal information and sensitive university data can be at risk during overseas travel. Faculty, staff, and students traveling internationally with technology, and research or clinical data or information, should consult U-M travel resources to reduce the possibility of theft or loss. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to review U-M resources for traveling with technology prior to departure, including:

Additional technology resources and policies:

Technology for Loan: Request a clean, encrypted U-M laptop for use when traveling internationally and take only the data and information you need. If you are part of MiWorkspace, request computer equipment on loan here. If not part of MiWorkspace, contact your local IT staff for loaner equipment. 

Determine Personal Safety Risks Related to Your Research/Activities

 

  • Faculty and students conducting research that is perceived as culturally or politically sensitive by the host government or community may be at risk for harassment, arbitrary arrest, targeted detention, or violence. To identify and mitigate these risks, faculty and students conducting research should follow the U-M Guidelines for Conducting Sensitive Research or Critical Technology Research while Traveling Internationally.
  • Review travel safety and security briefings to appropriately identify and mitigate health, safety, and security risks associated with your travel. Resources include:
          • To determine if a plan is required for your U-M Related Travel, go to the Country Risk Ratings page, select your destination country, and view the “Eligibility & Requirements” section. You may also refer to the Travel Health Plan / Individual Safety Plan process flowchart
          • U-M’s Travel Health Plan and Safety Plan process is designed to help international travelers identify health and safety risks, including research risks, and develop appropriate mitigation strategies. Plans should be submitted to the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) for review at least three weeks before departure, and ideally before making non-refundable purchases towards a trip in the event travel is not approved or must be postponed. Even if an Individual Safety Plan is not required, faculty and staff can complete a plan and request ITOC review.