International Travel and Conferences 

Traveling internationally for collaboration with colleagues, conferences, or field research can be richly rewarding; however, Mines employees and students must ensure that we follow the law. Traveling with restricted equipment, software, or information may require an export license prior to departure. Travel to countries that are subject to comprehensive sanctions, e.g. Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and the Crimea region of the Ukraine, may require a license or other precautions. If you have any questions, please contact us at

  • Department of State Travel Warnings
  • FBI and Business Travels
  • Steps to consider if traveling abroad to certain countries with IT devices may include:
    • Using a clean laptop with current security & malware detection
    • Removing unnecessary Mines’ data/personal data from devices before travel
    • Removing third-party proprietary software, confidential/sensitive data, and export controlled data
    • Removing encrypted files and encryption-capable software, except for system critical tech (certain encryption tech is strictly controlled)
    • Avoiding using Wi-Fi connections, even if labeled as secure and/or a password is required
    • Never attaching or accepting unknown devices/drives (including USB drives)
    • On return, having the device scanned for malware prior to connecting to Mines’ network
    • Accessing email abroad (even through VPN) may allow access to confidential/sensitive info