Travel Resources

Toothbrush, socks, bathing suit…emergency plan?

Your suitcase may be packed tight, but make sure you save some room in your carry-on for some important travel health and safety resources. The resources below each contain valuable information to help prepare you for your trip abroad.

International Travel

This handbook outlines the responsibilities of Academic Directors and Trip Leaders, student study abroad application procedures, issues to consider before traveling abroad, and guidance on how to respond to a variety of situations that may occur during travel. Click here to download the International Travel Handbook.

Trip-Specific International Travel Emergency Plans

Trip-Specific International Travel Emergency Plans provide information about resources and procedures that may be necessary during a travel emergency or international crisis. Plans can also be used to document important site-specific information such as rally points, local embassies / consulates, hospitals, and emergency contact numbers. Download the Group Plan or Individual Plan.

International Emergency

All students and employees traveling abroad on covered travel are eligible to receive international travel insurance coverage. For details of coverage, visit the Operational Risk Management International Travel Insurance webpage.

Current Travel Advisories and Notices

Before making travel plans, research the countries you intend to travel to. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of State, and the World Health Organization provide warnings and alerts that may impact travel plans or traveler safety.


This Department of State resource lists crucial steps you should take in planning your trip abroad.

The university provides a comprehensive International Travel Checklist that outlines university policy, procedures, and steps to conduct travel safely.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

This Department of State program provides information to travelers about their intended destination(s) and allows U.S. consulates and embassies to render assistance to travelers impacted by international events or crises.

Traveler Health - Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Visit the CDC's website here and enter your trip information to discover if there are any health notices and/or required vaccinations for the area(s) of the world you plan to travel to.

Destination Safety & Risk Information

Visit this website to view safety and risk information for your destination countries. This service is provided by Mercer Travel Assist, Mason's third-party International Emergency Insurance provider. Note: First time users must set up an account to access this travel site. Click here to download first-time registrant instructions.

Export Control &

The Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) provides information and assistance regarding export of material and intellectual property that may be subject to federal and international export controls. Click here for more information.