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 warnings, 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 guidelines describe levels of travel warnings, definitions of MIT travel, and policies that apply to such travel.
  • 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 benefits. MIT’s Business Travel Accident Insurance policy provides benefits for MIT faculty, staff, and students traveling domestically and abroad on MIT business. Please review the MIT Business Travel Accident Policy and consult the MIT Insurance Office for additional information.
  • Manage an emergency. MIT has contracted with the travel assistance company International SOS (ISOS) to provide emergency medical and security evacuation services to faculty, staff, and students traveling on MIT business. Pre-registration with ISOS is highly encouraged. It is important to note that ISOS does not take the place of health insurance.