International Risk

Travel News

Don't play games with Customs and Immigration officials - or even their paperwork

Will volcanoes interfere with access to Iceland and air travel across Europe? 

Your passport might stop working before it expires - be on the lookout for pre-expiration passport restrictions

Earth's newest island is not yet ready for visitors

Think ahead about passports - Passport bottleneck is holding up international travel by Americans eager to see the world as COVID-19 eases.

Visualizing world tourism - On this page, you can find data and visualizations on the history and current state of tourism across the world.

Security Tips

For members of the campus community, a trip to a foreign country presents unique data security challenges.  The nature of international travel requires you to use your device  (laptop, tablet or smartphone) in various unfamiliar places that may expose your data and device to malicious people and software. Explore the Information Security Office and Export Control pages for tips on how to protect your devices and data while abroad. 

Travel Insurance

Employees, faculty, and students traveling more than 100 miles from their home campus on official University business or for activities sponsored and supervised by the University are covered 24 hours a day, worldwide, for a variety of perils. 

International Travel Protocols

It is the responsibility of the traveler and approving department to ensure the financial and health/safety risks associated with international travel are assessed before authorizing travel.

Trip registration is required for all foreign travel

Travel registration is an important risk management tool for university-related travel. If an emergency occurs in your travel destination, this is how your campus Risk Management office will know you are there. Travel registration also enrolls you to receive travel alerts from UC’s security provider, Crisis24. Trip registration is required for all university-related foreign travel, regardless of State Department Travel Advisory Level or travel purpose. Travel booked via Connexxus is automatically registered, or register manually via UCAway

Use the Worldcue Planner® travel intelligence portal to research any location and obtain global travel trips.

Travelers are also urged to enroll in the State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and to make it easier for the US government to locate you in an emergency.

Campus pre-approval is required for the following types of foreign travel:

  • Study abroad and group student travel for credit: Regardless of CDC or State Department Advisory Level, all study abroad and international group student travel for Berkeley coursework or credit involving Berkeley faculty, students, or staff (including advance travel for program planning and site evaluations, faculty-led programs, MBA exchanges, etc., both undergraduate and graduate) must complete a 2-step Study Abroad Travel Protocol, at least 90 days in advance of departure. This involves approval first at the decanal level and then from Berkeley Study Abroad. For further details on Study Abroad or International Group Student Travel, see guidelines or contact with questions. 
  • Travel to State Department Level 4 "Do Not Travel" destinations: All university-related international travel (by faculty, students, staff) to countries rated State Department Level 4 - Do not travel requires a 2-step approval process, first from their Dean and then from the Vice Provost for Academic Planning. Level 4 is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks.  Contact with questions.

Please refer to the UC Berkeley Travel Protocol for more information.

General Safety Recommendations