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International (Foreign) Travel

General Information

For reimbursement purposes, International (Foreign) Travel follows regular University out-of-state travel regulations. However, due to the risk management requirements of the nature of international/foreign travel, certain additional approval processes are required to insure compliance with all federal regulations and restrictions regarding international/foreign travel.

For purposes of this policy, international/foreign travel is defined as any University of South Alabama related travel outside of the United States as well as United States territories and possessions (also known as “United States Insular Areas”). Travel to Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Puerto Rico, etc should be processed as domestic travel. Refer to: U.S. Department of the Interior for a complete listing of US territories and insular areas. (Faculty Professional Leave or Travel Authorization Forms (page 2 and Exhibit A) are required, however, even for travel to U. S. Insular areas.)

For a detailed review of the approved USA policies pertaining to international travel including travel to destinations with U. S. Department of State travel warnings, please click here.

Approval Procedures for International/Foreign Travel

NO travel plans, reservations or expenditures should be made PRIOR to performing and completing the following procedures for all international/foreign travel:

  • Travelers must complete the International Travel Review Form (ITRF). (which includes the Annual Temporary Export Certification-ATEC). This form can be located in Exhibit F to this document or online at http://www.southalabama.edu/financialaffairs/traveloffice/forms/exhibitz.pdf. A sample completed ITRF response can be found in Exhibit O.
  • The competed ITRF/ATEC should be sent (the online ITRF can be saved and then e-mailed) to the Office of International Education. Once approved, you will receive an approved ITRF/ATEC from the Office of International Education.
  • Travelers should complete all departmental, college or administrative travel approval forms and insure that they are appropriately approved. Information regarding this process can be found in the General Travel Information section of this document.
  • The completed and approved ITRF/ATEC and other documentation received from the Office of International Education should be attached to the approved departmental/college approval forms and submit those forms to the your department / college.
  • All international/foreign travel must be approved by the department chair, dean/administrator, Vice-President and University President.
  • Once approved by the President's Office, travelers should make travel reservations in accordance with procedures outlined in the USA Travel and Entertainment Regulations.

U. S. Export and Control Laws and Regulations

The U. S. government has developed regulations to restrict the export of goods and technology with military potential, prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, advance U. S. foreign policy goals, promote the economy and promote trade. The U. S. Departments of State, Commerce, Homeland Security, Treasury, Defense and Energy each play a role in this process. These regulations have implications for Universities and University employees that conduct certain types of sensitive research abroad and as such, certain items are subject to export control. Additional information can be obtained from the USA Office of Research Compliance and Assurance (251) 460-6625). Other additional resources are as follows:

  • An Export Control Classification Number is assigned by the U. S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the commerce Control List (CCL). This is the fundamental designation indicating the level of control for an item.
    Refer to http://www.bis.doc.gov/licensing/exportingbasics.htm on the U. S. Department of Commerce web site.

Other Information

For additional information on international/foreign travel, contact the USA Office of International Education or 251-460-7053.

USA Sponsored Group Travel Outside of the United States

Activities that take place outside the continental United States are considered international for the purposes of USA sponsored student travel and must be reviewed by the USA Office of International Education. A complete description of procedures required for such trips is found in Exhibit N. For additional information contract the USA Office of International Education or 251-460-7053.

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