Foreign Travel

University-funded Travel ban updated to include South Korea, Italy and Iran

Binghamton University has issued a ban on all University-funded travel to China, South Korea, Italy and Iran.  No other bans are currently issued. However, the CDC has issued a number of travel advisories, which will be updated on this page and the University’s Coronavirus website,  https://www.binghamton.edu/health/coronavirus/ :

◾China: Level 3, avoid nonessential travel https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-china

◾South Korea: Level 3, avoid nonessential travel https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-south-korea

◾Japan: Level 2, practice enhanced precautions https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/coronavirus-japan

◾Iran: Level 3, avoid nonessential travel https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-iran

◾Italy: Level 3, avoid nonessential travel https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-italy

◾Hong Kong: Level 1, practice usual precautions https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/coronavirus-hong-kong

◾The CDC also recommends reconsideration of travel on cruise ship voyages into or within Asia. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/cruise-ship-asia

All travel advisories issued for U.S. travelers can be found on the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories website. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

Students planning to travel abroad in the summer or fall will receive communication from the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives. Faculty and staff members with questions about international travel should contact Eric Backlund, director of Risk Management, at backlund@binghamton.edu .

Foreign Travel and Restricted Travel Advisory

Occasionally, employees may have to travel outside of the continental United States for the benefit of the University. When seeking reimbursement, Travelers must:

  • Seek reimbursement based on the maximum per diem allowance established by the U.S. Department of State, Foreign Per Diems. The foreign per diem rates are published monthly. Expenses must be converted to US currency based upon the exchange rate in effect during the period of travel. This can be done on Currency Converter.
  • Breakdown meal per diems, if needed, (20 percent of total meal per-diem for breakfast and 80 percent total per-diem for dinner).
  • Follow the University's policy on traveling to countries that are listed on the US Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs' Travel Warning website. Binghamton University's policy is listed below:

Travel Warning Notice

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, based on relevant information, issues travel advisories for every country in the world. Employee and student travelers to a country or a specified area within a country with a Level 3 or Level 4 must receive authorization prior to travel. 

The traveler must submit a Request to Travel to Countries with a Travel Warning to Risk Management, AD-217 to begin the ITSC review process. Control numbers will not be issued until the Travel event has been approved by the International Travel Safety Committee.

For more information, please visit the international travel page.

Overseas Insurance Program

The International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS) offers international health and evacuation/security insurance to Binghamton University faculty, staff and students engaged in academic or university business outside the United States.

The advantage of this international health insurance plan is that it provides "in-network" medical coverage worldwide for both emergency and non-emergency medical needs, direct reimbursement to participating international medical professionals (eliminating your need for out of pocket payment) at 100% of reasonable charges with no co-pays or deductibles, assistance locating and securing approved medical facilities and medical providers in your destination city or country, and evacuation assistance due to medical, political, or natural disaster events. Coverage is available short or long term at extremely reasonable rates. 

This is the same medical insurance policy provided to students and faculty participating in Study Abroad programs through the Office of International Programs; GeoBlue International Health Insurance.

Foreign Travel Benefits Programs