Due to the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), BU has suspended ALL domestic and international travel by faculty, staff, and students that is supported by funds administered by the University. Find regular updates and additional information on the University’s response on the BU COVID-19 website.

International Travel

Global Programs is here to support your research, work and travel abroad.

An important first step is to familiarize yourself with BU’s International Travel Risk Policy. The Policy outlines BU’s guidelines and requirements for University-sponsored international activity, put in place to help assure safe and successful work abroad for all BU travelers, including students, faculty, and staff.

Key elements of the International Travel Risk Policy for University-sponsored international activities include:

  • Registration of Travel: All student travel and staff business travel overseas must be registered through the International Travel Registry. The Policy strongly encourages faculty members to register their travel as well. This will allow us to reach you in an emergency.
  • Insurance: Don’t forget to check the overseas coverage of your medical insurance. If you are covered through BU, please note that the international assistance number is 1-804-673-1177. Callers from within the U.S. can also reach BCBS international services at 1-800-810-2583, Please see this brochure for more information.
  • Travel to High Risk Destinations: Global Programs is happy to work with you to assess and manage risk at all destinations. Please note that undergraduate travel to High-Risk Destinations is permitted only by petition.

Global Programs can guide BU schools and colleges on many aspects of international activity, including program development, risk assessment and management, operational logistics, and emergency response. Please contact Adeline Wong, Managing Director of Operations, or Joe Finkhouse, Associate Director of Health, Safety and Security, with any questions.