What are the potential health and safety concerns?

You should become familiar with the requirements and risks of international travel, and consider whether your planned activity might present any safety concerns, especially for students. It is also important to consider potential issues related to social, cultural, or political conditions.

The ICC can help you:

  • Be prepared. Anyone planning a trip is advised to check the U.S. State Department (DoS) website, for travel advisories, notifications, and consular information sheets. The DoS website also has useful information about medical concerns, visas, personal safety, local customs, and other issues.
  • Be in the know. MIT has an International Travel Risk Policy to support well-informed travel decisions. The policy describes definitions of MIT travel, levels of country travel warnings, and their impact on MIT travelers.
  • Stay healthy. MIT Medical’s Travel Clinic should be your first stop to ensure a safe and healthy trip for students, faculty, and staff. Schedule an appointment early, ideally eight weeks prior to departure. MIT’s Medical Center also offers a Medical & Health Needs Assessment for International Programs that identifies issues to consider.
  • Learn about insurance coverage. Please review the MIT Business Travel Accident Policy and the MIT Study Abroad Student Health Insurance that provide benefits for MIT faculty, staff, and students traveling domestically and abroad on MIT business. Consult the MIT Insurance Office for additional information.
  • Manage an emergency. MIT has contracted with an international travel assistance provider, International SOS (ISOS), to provide emergency medical and security services to faculty, staff, and students traveling on MIT business. Travelers should request or download an MIT/ISOS travel card to carry with them and download the assistance app prior to their trip. It is important to note that ISOS does not take the place of health insurance.