Columbia International Travel and Pre-departure Requirements

This announcement contains important information about the University’s international travel resources and policies.

December 15, 2022

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:

It is heartening that so much of our community’s important global work has resumed in person. As we approach winter break, many of you will be serving Columbia’s global mission by traveling abroad for research, teaching, learning, and other activities. This email contains important information about the University’s international travel resources and policies. Please read it carefully if you plan to travel outside the United States over the winter break.

All travelers on international Columbia-related travel are required to register their travel through the Register a Trip tool on the University’s Global Travel website. Registering trips ahead of time enables the University to mobilize more quickly and effectively in response to your needs and in the event of an emergency.

The University’s International Travel Planning Policy includes additional pre-departure requirements, so please review it closely as you plan your trip.

We urge members of our community who plan to travel abroad to stay up to date on guidance issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Department of State, including guidance on countries’ entry and exit requirements. For more guidance on immigration and related issues, please contact Columbia's International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) at [email protected].

We also encourage you to browse through other related topics, including travel tips for non-immigrant visa holders, at our Global Travel website. You will find information about travel alerts, logistics, and other resources for international travelers, including the many services available when traveling for University-related business as well as for leisure.

All travelers are strongly encouraged to review the University’s COVID-19 related travel guidance, which includes links to critical public health-related resources, prior to departure and CDC guidance on travel to and from the U.S. Please also review the University’s recently issued Public Health Update: Masking Recommended in Public Settings, which contains helpful guidance about precautions advised at this time. Full-time students are eligible for pre-travel health appointments at both the CUIMC and Morningside campuses.

We wish you all the best in your academic endeavors wherever your travels take you. 


Soulaymane Kachani
Senior Vice Provost

Carrie Marlin
Associate Provost for Administration and Planning

Tristan Tafolla
Director, International Risk Management