Federal export and sanctions regulations prohibit the unlicensed export of specific commodities, software, technology, and payments to or from certain countries, entities, and individuals for reasons of national security, foreign policy, or protection of trade. University employees are required to comply with United States export and sanctions regulations when traveling abroad with commodities, software, and technology. The Export Control and International Compliance Office can assist with export and sanction determinations related to your international travel. You will find helpful information below concerning international travel procedures and best practices to ensure compliance with these federal regulations. If you have any questions pertaining to international travel not covered on this page, please contact our Export Compliance Officer Mallory Day.

To ensure there are no export controls issues we will screen your trip!

Oregon State University uses a system, Visual Compliance, to screen countries as well as people/institutions you plan to visit to ensure the country or those parties are restricted by the U.S. Government.  This system provides the traveler, and OSU, with confidence in complying with U.S. export control regulations.

International Travel Tips and Additional Information

Presentations and discussions must be limited to topics that are not related to controlled commodities, software, or technology unless that information is already published or otherwise already in the public domain.

Verify that your technology or information falls into one or more of the following categories prior to traveling:

  • Research which qualifies as fundamental research
  • Published information
  • Publicly available software
  • Educational information

Do not take any commodities, software, or technology that fall into one of the following categories:

  • Classified, Controlled Unclassified, or Export Controlled
  • Limited Distribution, Proprietary, Confidential, or Sensitive
  • Specially designed for military, intelligence, space, encryption software, or nuclear-related applications
  • Items, data, or information received under a Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Data, or information that results from a project with contractual constraints on the dissemination of the research results
  • Items, including computer software, or information received with restrictions on export to or on access by non-U.S. Persons

For more about travel insurance, please visit the Insurance and Risk Management Services website.  

Helpful Links:

OSU's International Travel website:


U.S. Department of State Country travel information:


U.S. Department of State Travel Alerts/Warnings: