International Travel

It is the objective of the University of Rhode Island to sponsor and support activities of teaching, study, research, and service in a global context. To that end, the University continues to expand its global footprint, international engagement, and travel activities in accordance with the mission and objectives of the institution. The International Travel page aims to provide information, resources, and policies that help protect the health and safety of the faculty, staff and students while abroad for business, assignments, and programs.

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Important Notices

For guidance on URI’s policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the University’s COVID-19 Response page.

The U.S. Department of State is advising that passport processing is still experiencing delays. Review the Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19 for updates.

International Travel Petitions

When University-related international travel is restricted due to URI’s International Travel Policy, petitions for exceptional or essential purposes may be submitted to the International Travel Review Committee for review:

Export Controls

It is the University of Rhode Island’s policy that all personnel, including employees, visiting scientists, postdoctoral fellows, students, and other persons retained by or working at or for URI conduct their affairs in accordance with U.S. laws and regulations, including compliance with U.S. export control laws and regulations applicable to its operations. For an overview and additional information, visit the URI Office of Research Integrity: Export Controls web page.

Review the U.S. Department of State Traveler’s Checklist

Before traveling abroad, make sure to:

  1. GET INFORMED about your destination at, and plan for the unexpected at
  2. GET REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, such as your passport and visas.
  3. GET ENROLLED in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at to receive security and emergency alerts.
  4. GET INSURED for medical, evacuation, and other unexpected expenses.

International Travel Updates

  • sample visa Passport delays - Rev. 1/10/2022
    Because of delays in the issuing of passports we urge anyone traveling internationally to start early.