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International Travel Resources
Tips and reminders for your trip abroad
Students should review the Student Pre-departure Checklist for information on preparation and safety when traveling internationally.
Faculty, students, staff and other individuals traveling on University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) business are required to register their international travel plans and furnish updated emergency contact information using the International SOS medical and travel security assistance service. This service is used for travel on UMB business only, whether or not travel will be reimbursed by UMB. Access this service via:
- UMB portal page for International SOS (find information, register your trip, print out a card*)
- International SOS app: Download this app, enter UMB's membership number, and have immediate access to services from your mobile phone while traveling.
International SOS Training resources:
- Sign up for a training session and learn about International SOS services and registration.
- Review a presentation about International SOS and how to use their services.
US citizens are encouraged to register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.
Contact Bonnie Bissonette in the Center for Global Education Initiatives with questions regarding international safety and security services.
*International SOS cards are also available from the Center for Global Education Initiatives in the 3rd floor Campus Life Services suite of the SMC Student Center.
Travel plans should be made reasonably in advance of your travel dates.
- Determine in advance with your travel approver whether standard UMB per diem rates or US Department of State foreign M&IE (meal and incidental expenses) rates will be applied.
- Travel funded by federal grants and contracts: Federal grant and contract guidelines usually require international flights to be purchased on US flag air carriers.
- Review the UMB travel policy regarding reimbursement and UM requirements.
- UMB Travel Agents
- UMB Travel Office Foreign Travel page
- Ensure that your U.S. passport is valid to at least six months after your return to the United States and check the visa requirements for each country you are visiting or traveling through: U.S. Department of State passport information
- UMB travel agencies can assist with visa and passport processing services (providing applications or referrals to visa service agencies). Foreign consulates and embassies based in the U.S. often grant visas to people who live within a specific U.S. region. If you choose this option, it is highly recommended that you visit the foreign embassy or consulate’s website within the jurisdiction of your permanent residence. Visa requirements may vary, so be sure you have the correct paperwork, and follow the instructions of that particular embassy or consulate. Here is a list of international consulates and embassies in the United States.
- International faculty, staff and students: Check with the Office of International Services before traveling outside the United States.
- Check visa and immunization requirements for each country you are visiting.
- UM School of Medicine Traveler's Clinic
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Travelers' Health