Tips for International travels

The University of Pittsburgh recommends the following when traveling internationally:
  • To determine prior to traveling and with as much advance notice as possible if an export authorization will be required (obtaining a license can take up to several weeks);
  • To know in advance with whom (individuals and entities) you will be communicating and collaborating, so that you can conduct complete Restricted Party Screenings (RPS);
  • To travel with a clean laptop with a recovery system;
  • To remove any export-controlled information, technical data, and software from your devices prior to leaving the U.S. Use a "shredder" program to erase the information that you do not want to share. In most cases, it is easier to physically remove the hard-drive and replace it with a clean system;
  • To back-up all of the information that you take before your departure and to leave the backed-up data in the U.S;
  • Not to take devices/technology/information with you that you do not need;
  • To refrain, when possible, from consulting your Pitt emails and from using any cloud-based storage while abroad;
  • To change your passwords once you come back to the U.S.;
  • Not to exchange controlled-information by phone, fax, email, etc.;
  • To take business cards, contact information of any person who wants to know more about your project.
For more tips and recommendations, please consult the Technology Guidelines and Tips for International Travel webpage of the University of Pittsburgh's Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) department.
The University of Pittsburgh also encourages the Pitt community to read the following brochures: