MSU International Travel and Compliance Overview 

Montana State University (MSU) recognizes and supports the international expertise of its faculty, the essential importance of conducting research abroad, and the importance of providing its graduates with global and multicultural understanding. Review the comprehensive International Travel Policy here.

Steps for MSU International Travel

Prior to registering your international travel, MSU faculty and staff should obtain financial approval for your travel from your department through Chrome River.

1. Register travel in the MSU International Travel Registry.*

  • If you do not already have an account, create an account with your MSU NetID and password.
  • Registration includes passport, itinerary, and proof of GeoBlue Traveler's Insurance.

2. Obtain GeoBlue International Traveler's Insurance.

  • GeoBlue insurance is mandatory for MSU-sponsored travel.

  • MSU P-Cards currently are not able to purchase GeoBlue insurance.

3. Complete Pre-Departure Orientation.

  • Orientation is scheduled via WebEx.

  • Orientation lasts about 30 minutes.

4. Complete UHP Travel Health & Safety Briefing.

* Any University international travel proposed by a University Traveler to any country for which a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory (Level 3 or 4) or a Center for Disease Control and Prevention Warning Level 3 is in effect must be reviewed and approved in advance of travel by the Campus International Travel Safety Review Committee. Questions? Contact Toby Blake, [email protected]

Additional Resources

MSU Study Abroad

The world is your classroom: Go somewhere! Over 250 programs in more than 60 countries around the world. MSU Study Abroad provides resources, advising, and support to students who wish to enhance their college education by studying abroad. Learn more about Study Abroad at drop-in advising hours. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Unaffiliated Travelers

Travelers not employed by MSU or enrolled as full or part-time students may participate in MSU international travel. Unaffiliated travelers in a university-sponsored program (i.e., family, spouses, guests, etc) must be approved by the Dean of Global Engagement. In addition to the steps for international travel compliance above, please complete the Unaffiliated Traveler Approval Form and the Unaffiliated Traveler Acknowledgement of Risk Form. Completed forms may be emailed to Toby Blake, [email protected].

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

The University recommends that all international travelers who are U.S. citizens register their planned travel with the U.S. Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.  STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

MSU Travel Clinic

For over 20 years MSU-Bozeman Student Health Partners, formerly known as Student Health Service, has provided excellent comprehensive travel-related health services to the MSU community. We offer services to MSU students who will be traveling internationally for academic pursuits, work, volunteering - or any other reasons.

MSU Emergency Response Manual for International Programs

The MSU Emergency Response Manual for International Programs is a detailed handbook to help familiarize travelers with MSU emergency procedures and risk prevention while abroad. It covers defining an emergency, decision making in a crisis, emergency evacuations, pre-departure procedures, faculty and student preparation, and management of specific risk areas. It is to be considered a guide and a reminder that communication is crucial in the event of an emergency.

Cancellation & Interruption for Any Reason Insurance (CFAR/IFAR)

MSU recommends that travelers consider purchasing Cancellation & Interruption for Any Reason (CFAR/IFAR) insurance for domestic and international trips. While this is not a requirement, CFAR/IFAR insurance can help protect your investment in your trip in the event the trip is canceled before departing or interrupted during a trip for any reason and, depending on the policy, it could also extend to reasons related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Traveler Checklist

International travel during Covid-19 continues to require advanced planning and flexibility. Please review this Covid-19 Traveler Checklist before you travel and refer to International Travel Resources for additional resources.