Please take a moment to review a few important items:
- International Visa Requirements
- Carefully review Travel Advisories before traveling and comply with them.
- Register online with the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in order for the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to better assist you in an emergency.
- Strongly recommended: add your trip to Western’s optional Travel Registry so we can contact you in an emergency.
- Travelers are required to report to the institution when arriving from a travel health warning area or a pandemic influenza affected area. See Western's Health Policies for more information.
- If you are traveling on a Western faculty‐led study abroad program, please consult the Global Learning Programs Safety Toolkit. Contact EdAbroad@wwu.edu for more information.
- Foreign travelers must review and comply with the WWU Travel Policy: Traveling Outside of the US before traveling for the purposes of:
- Faculty‐led study abroad programs
- Study abroad programs ‐ foreign institutions, study centers, outside contractors or affiliates
- Student exchange programs with a foreign institution
- Students doing independent study abroad, including internships
See also: University employee travel abroad to State Department Level 3 or 4 countries due to COVID-19
Fly America Act Information
The Fly America Act mandates the use of U.S. certificated air carriers for federally funded international travel.
Flying Internationally: What's allowed?
- Coach airfare
- Visa fees
- Foreign transaction fees
- Required Immunizations and Medical Expenses, including COVID testing, may only be reimbursed with documented claim denied from primary insurance.
- Travel insurance is not a covered expense. Consult your personal health insurance policy for details.
- iNext international health insurance covers medical and accidental expenses in Level 3 or 4 countries, including emergency quarantine coverage. Contact the Ed Abroad Office for details. This is not a reimbursable expense, but the costs are relatively low.
International Meals and Lodging
- Foreign Per Diem Rates To calculate individual meal amounts: Breakfast = 24% Lunch = 28% Dinner = 48% rounded to nearest dollar
- Airbnb Guidance