Safety and Security

MIT provides a range of information and resources designed to ensure the safety and security of our community while traveling abroad.

International SOS (ISOS)

Phone: (US international code) 215-942-8478     MIT ID#: 11BSGC000066

*Call collect any time. International calling codes for the United States vary please check this website for the correct code.

MIT has contracted with International SOS (ISOS), a worldwide travel assistance company, to provide emergency medical, security, and natural disaster evacuation, and other support services to faculty, staff, and students who are traveling abroad on MIT business. (ISOS services are also provided to faculty and staff on leisure travel.) Completing a few simple steps will help you get the most out of ISOS:

  • Visit the MIT/International SOS portal prior to travel to review current security and medical alerts for the country you are visiting. (Portal needs an MIT certificate to access).
  • Download the MIT/ISOS membership app prior to your trip. You can use it to get travel alerts from your current location, call for assistance with one click, and link to important medical and travel security information.  
  • Request an MIT/ISOS travel card from Todd Holmes at 617-324-7696 or Sarah Brown at 617-324-5031. (A copy can also be downloaded through the MIT/ISOS portal.)
  • Register your trip with ISOS so that administrators can access your information in an emergency.

ISOS services are available to MIT faculty and staff traveling for business or leisure, and for students on trips related to MIT educational pursuits. Please refer to this chart for information on how the services apply to other parties related to MIT.

MIT International Travel Risk Policy

MIT follows travel warnings and advisories issued by the Department of State, Centers for Disease Control, and World Health Organization. These advisories allow us to categorize those countries with a travel warning level as Extreme, High or Moderate risk.

For the safety of our student community, travel to countries or territories with Exteme or High travel warnings is NOT permitted, unless a Travel Risk Policy Waiver is granted  prior to travel.

Visit the MIT International Travel Risk Policy website to learn about criteria and countries included in each category. You can also find links to the Department of State and their Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) on the MIT International Travel Risk Policy website.

Embassy information:

MIT assistance abroad web-based training

Prior to travel, it is recommended that you view a travel safety video presentation which provides important information on pre-departure planning, travel to dangerous areas, emergency response, transportation, and much more. One set of videos and slides, presented by MIT subject matter experts, can be found in the ICC Information Session section.

Another set of security awareness training modules, presented by a representative from International SOS, can be viewed in the Learning Center on Atlas. They can be found by searching for “MIT Assistance Abroad” or by following these links (MIT credentials required):

MIT Assistance Abroad Pt1  (20 minutes) covers Introduction and Most common threats modules.

MIT Assistance Abroad Pt2  (20 minutes) covers Preparation, Awareness, and Keeping a Low Profile.

MIT Assistance Abroad Pt3  (13 minutes) covers Varied Routine & Communications, and
Defensive Layers.

MIT Assistance Abroad Pt4  (8 minutes) covers Transportation, Emergency Response, and
Leisure Travel.

MIT Assistance Abroad Pt5  (22 minutes) covers Women Travelers, Safety Tactics, and Terrorism.

Environment, Health and Safety

If you are doing research or fieldwork while abroad, please refer to the Environment Health and Safety Management section, or contact Environment Health and Safety at 617-452-3477 or via e-mail: