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International Travel

All foreign travel by Texas A&M Health Science Center faculty, staff and students on official state business must be approved in advance.  All travel to nations that have been classified as an "Extreme Risk Country or Region"  or have been issued a "Travel Alert or Warning" by the U.S. Department of State must have approval from the Executive Vice President regardless of the funding source.


In accordance with HSC Guideline 21.01.03.Z2, all faculty and staff are required to complete an HSC Request for Travel Form and International Travel Questionnaire. Travel forms must first be submitted through your Dean (for academic units) or VP/Director (for non-academic units) or their designees and then through HSC Risk Management for review and then further routing to the Executive Vice President’s office for approval when warranted.  You must submit your paperwork at least 15 days prior to the departure date.

If you are traveling to a country that has been classified as an "Extreme Risk Country or Region" or been issued a "Travel Alert or Warning" you must complete an Acknowledgement of Risk form and submit it along with your travel request for approval. 

IMPORTANT:   ALL foreign travel must be reviewed by HSC Risk Management in accordance with System guidelines.  Please submit your travel documents to for review. 

HSC International Travel Packet

If you are unsure as to whether or not your travel is listed as an extreme risk, please contact:

Matt Walton

Personal Safety Abroad 

As an ongoing commitment to personal safety while traveling abroad, Texas A&M Health Science Center in collaboration with the A&M System has contracted with Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) to provide a 24-hour medical, travel and security assistance service available to all faculty, staff and students when traveling outside the United States, on official System business and programs.  To learn more about these services, please review the CISI Brochure

Fees for medical, travel and security assistance

A fee is associated with this service, the plan now offers a daily rate of $1.28 (per person per day). For any trips a week or less, there will be a minimum premium charge of $8.96 (per person per day).

Assistance with enrollment process

For further assistance with the actual enrollment process, please contact your department’s travel designee or HSC Risk Management at for further guidance.

Once you are enrolled into the plan, you will need to set up an account to access myCISI On-Line Portal.  For further details on this process, please review the myCISI Participant Portal Overview.

Other precautions

It is important to be aware of the resources available to you for safe and efficient travel: 

  • Whenever you travel away from your country of residence, always review security reports to determine if the country you are traveling to is considered to be high risk.  
  • Also be sure to review the important medical and safety information about the country to which you are traveling.

You can find this and other important information about traveling abroad by logging onto the myCISI On-Line Portal.  This comprehensive on-line portal of tools is provided at no additional cost.

If you have other questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact:

HSC Risk Management

Last edited by: tarpley 01/25/2016

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