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International Student Travel Policies
Students with US Citizenship
Visiting the world outside our country's borders can be incredibly rewarding. Whether you intend to study abroad, begin an international internship, volunteer, or simply travel, ASCIP can provide you with important information to optimize your travel.
- Learn what to keep in mind when traveling abroad - practical advice for traveling outside the U.S.
- What's the dollar really worth abroad?
- Don't know what your dollar is worth in Yen? With this link to the currency converter, now you do!
- What's going on?
- Anyone who's planning to leave the country should know what is going on where they plan to visit. This news page provides links to news in other countries.
- Travel and Re-entry
- You must have your I-20/DS-2019 signed before you leave. Signatures are only good for one year (6 months if on Optional Practical Training).
- Canadians must be able to prove Canadian citizenship and have appropriate visa documents to re-enter the U.S. from Canada. When crossing into Canada from the U.S. the I-94 card, with proper classification noted on it, should remain in the possession of the Canadian citizen.
- Entry to Other Countries
- For entry into another country, please consult the following Web sites to verify whether a visa is required: Foreign Consular Offices in the US and/or Foreign Embassies of Washington D.C. If traveling to Canada or Mexico, please contact those embassies well in advance to find out the requirements. You may also contact the U.S. embassy in Canada (list of embassies) or Mexico (list of embassies). If you are going to Canada or Mexico in regard to your U.S. visa you will need an appointment.
Airline Security and Laptop Precautions
There are several new restrictions regarding carry on bags. These are causing more delays than usual, so be prepared to spend more time in airport. Since restrictions are changing frequently, please check the TSA site for an updated list before you travel.
When traveling with your laptop, keep these precautions in mind:
- Use passwords with a combination of numbers and letters, as well as encryption, solutions to prevent unauthorized access.
- Back-up valuable data before travel to minimize the risk of data loss or lost productivity in case of theft.
- Invest in asset tracking and recovery software. Absolute Software recommends tools like its CompuTrace, which is embedded in the BIOS of computers.
- Use remote data protection, so sensitive information can be wiped remotely if the laptop is lost or stolen.
- Carry portable storage devices, like external thumb drives, for easy access to data in case luggage is delayed or lost.
- Keep accurate records, including receipts and the computer's make, model, and serial number in a safe place for filing claims.
- Be sure to shut down the laptop, not leave it in standby or hibernate mode, before packing in luggage.