International Travel

In todays global economy it is necessary to routinely travel outside the United States. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure it is important that everyone does so in a safe and secure manner.  The travel awareness information on this page will assist faculty, staff, students, and family in a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

International travel increases risk of compromise of sensitive information and KU personnel.

Techniques used to obtain information unlawfully include:

  • Electronic monitoring of hotel rooms, meeting rooms and airline cabins.
  • Intercepts of email and fax transmissions.
  • Tracking activity via ATM transactions and Internet usage at Internet kiosks and Wi-Fi access points.
  • Recording of telephone conversations.
  • Unauthorized access to or theft of electronic devices and installation of malicious software at customs or hotel.
  • Intrusion into or search of hotel rooms and hotel room safes
  • Enhanced interviews by customs officials

Travel Tips

Before travel:

  • Ensure you have all required documents and medical vaccinations to enter ALL of the countries you may be traveling to
  • Make copies of your passport and other important documents
  • Register your travel with the Department of State
  • Establish points of contact for your family; hotel info, U.S. Embassy or Consulate contacts
  • Know the local laws and customs
  • Check health and immunization information with Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.
  • Determine if anything you are taking or presenting is export controlled or subject to U.S. Sanction Programs 

During travel:

  • Protect your passport
  • Leave unneeded personal electronics at home. If you take personal electronics, use up to date security protection
  • Avoid civil disturbances and obey all local laws
  • Beware of new acquaintances who probe for information about you or what you do
  • Be aware that your conversations may not be private or secure
  • Do not use hotel or foreign computers to conduct any business
  • Note any suspicious or unsolicited contact.
  • Contact the closest Embassy or Consulate if you feel threatened.

When you return:

  • If you brought a computer, bring it to KU’s IT security office to ensure it does not have malicious software that could damage the KU network or your device/span>
  • Change passwords on any accounts and devices that you used
  • Contact GO&S to report any usual incidents or circumstances

​GO&S is available to provide export control guidance and additonal safety and security assistance to KU faculty, staff and students prior to travel.

If you need assistance on export compliance related topics, KU faculty, staff, and students can also receive assistance by sending a message to,  by calling one of the staff members, or submitting the webform at this link International Travel and Export Analysis.


Global Operations & Security Staff

National Industrial Security Staff

Office of Global Operations & Security
2029 Becker Dr., Room 139
Lawrence, KS 66047 | 785-864-1859

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