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Before You Leave
- Review risk ratings and travel policies.
- Check to see whether your destination is included on the U.S. Department of State travel advisories page, and take the appropriate precautions.
- Read the International Safety and Security Office’s student and employee travel policy.
- Research your destination.
- Learn as much as you can about your destination so that you can feel comfortable in your new environment.
- Country-specific information:
- University Policies
- Learn about Europ Assistance and CISI.
- Register your trip.
- Enter your itinerary in myCISI Participant Portal so that CISI can locate you and provide assistance in an emergency.
- Also register with the embassy of your country of citizenship (U.S. Citizens / non-U.S. citizens).
- Check visa requirements.
- Visa and passport requirements vary by country, citizenship, length of stay, and purpose of travel. Carefully review your destination’s requirements and plan well in advance. UW System has partnered with CIBT to provide discounted and expedited passport and visa services.
- Verify your health insurance coverage.
- Call your health insurance provider to determine whether you’re covered in your destination and whether there are limitations to your plan and network of providers. The University’s Europ Assistance and/or CISI membership is not a replacement for health insurance coverage.
- Schedule a health consultation.
- See your health care provider or visit a travel clinic at least one month prior to departure to obtain any necessary vaccinations or medications based on your personal health and your destination’s health risks.
- Keep your trip information up to date.
- Our ability to help you is dependent upon knowing where you are and how to contact you. Update your itinerary with local phone numbers, emergency contacts, and lodging or flight changes.
- Stay informed of your destination’s current events.
- Follow the local news and sign up to receive travel alerts from the U.S. State Department to prepare for potential disruptions or hazards.
- In an emergency, call the local equivalent of “911”, if appropriate.