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Federal employees should adhere strictly to CDC guidance for domestic and international travel before, during, and after official travel.

Q: Are there any restrictions on official travel approved by Federal agencies?

A: No. There are no Government-wide limits on official travel (i.e., travel conducted under an official travel authorization) for Federal employees, regardless of their vaccination status. Individuals should follow their agency’s travel policy.

In approving official travel for an individual, agencies should:

  • Inform the traveling individual that CDC recommends that individuals make sure they are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines before travel;
  • Recommend that the traveling individual consider being tested for current infection with a viral test as close to the time of departure as possible (no more than 3 days) before travel;
  • Instruct the traveling individual to adhere strictly to CDC guidance for domestic and international travel before, during, and after official travel;
  • Instruct the traveling individual to check their destination’s COVID-19 Community Level before traveling, and to wear a high-quality mask or respirator (such as an N95) while on-duty and around others indoors at their destination, if the COVID-19 Community Level in the county where their destination is located is HIGH;
  • Instruct the traveling individual to make sure they understand and follow all travel restrictions put in place by State, Tribal, local, and territorial governments; and
  • Advise the traveling individual to prepare to be flexible during their travel, as restrictions, policies, and circumstances may change during their travel.

Heads of agencies should issue specific travel guidance as needed to account for the specific requirements of their agency’s mission.

Q: Should Federal agencies recommend or require employees to complete CDC-recommended COVID-19 testing before and after official travel? Can the expenses associated with this testing be claimed on a travel voucher for employee reimbursement?

A: When CDC recommends that travelers consider COVID-19 testing for current SARS-CoV-2 infection with a viral test prior to or following travel, agencies should recommend to employees traveling on official business that they consider being tested consistent with such CDC guidance. When CDC otherwise recommends or requires COVID-19 testing prior to or following travel, agencies must require employees traveling on official business be tested consistent with such CDC guidance, pursuant to Executive Order 13991. Agencies should provide for any recommended testing and must provide for any required testing associated with official travel at no cost to the employee, such as through the agency’s screening testing program, the agency’s in-house capabilities for diagnostic testing at the worksite, or through an alternative process determined by the agency. The cost of such testing recommended or required for official travel, and not available through a Federal dispensary or not covered (or reimbursable) through travel insurance, can be claimed in a travel voucher as a Miscellaneous Expense under agency travel policies.

Q: Should agencies limit official travel for individuals who have had a known close contact with someone with COVID-19?

A: No. For asymptomatic individuals who have had a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 within the past 10 days, agencies may approve official travel, consistent with the agency’s travel policy. If the individual remains without COVID-19 symptoms before traveling, then pursuant to Executive Order 13991 and consistent with CDC guidance, the agency must instruct the individual to, in addition to other standard pre-travel instructions related to COVID-19:

  • Wear a high-quality mask or respirator (such as an N95) the entire time they are on-duty and around others indoors for the full duration of their travel that falls within the 10 full days after their last known exposure;
  • Not travel on public transportation such as airplanes, buses, and trains if they will not be able to wear a high-quality mask or respirator (such as an N95) when around others indoors for the full duration of their travel within the 10 full days after their last known exposure; and
  • Follow other aspects of post-exposure protocols , including the requirement for individuals with a known exposure to be tested for COVID-19 after 5 full days following their last known exposure (ideally, on or after day 6)—note that this testing may need to occur while the individual is traveling, and that agencies do not need to require that employees wait for the results of this post-exposure diagnostic test to undertake official travel, including return travel.

If the individual develops COVID-19 symptoms after official travel has been approved, then pursuant to Executive Order 13991 and consistent with CDC guidance, the agency must instruct the individual to not undertake further official travel, including under that previously approved travel authorization, and to instead follow agency protocols consistent with Safer Federal Workforce Task Force guidance on travel for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms.

Q: What should agencies do regarding official travel for individuals who develop COVID-19 symptoms or have a positive viral test 10 full days or less prior to their intended departure date?

A: Pursuant to Executive Order 13991 and consistent with CDC guidance, agencies must not approve official travel (i.e., travel conducted under an official travel authorization) for individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms and are waiting for an initial diagnostic viral test result, and agencies must not approve official travel for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 for at least 5 full days after their first day of symptoms, or after the date of the initial positive diagnostic viral test for asymptomatic individuals.

If an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 has returned to working onsite at an agency workplace or interacting with members of the public as part of their official responsibilities (once they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their other symptoms are improving), then the agency may approve official travel for the individual.

Pursuant to Executive Order 13991 and consistent with CDC guidance on isolation, the agency must instruct the individual to, in addition to other standard pre-travel instructions related to COVID-19:

  • Wear a high-quality mask or respirator (such as an N95) the entire time they are on-duty and around others indoors for the full duration of their travel that falls within the period they are otherwise required to wear a high-quality mask or respirator after ending isolation , consistent with Safer Federal Workforce Task Force guidance;
  • Not travel on public transportation such as airplanes, buses, and trains if they will not be able to wear a high-quality mask or respirator (such as an N95) when around others indoors for the full duration of their travel that falls within the period they are otherwise required to wear a high-quality mask or respirator after ending isolation , consistent with Safer Federal Workforce Task Force guidance; and
  • Follow other aspects of post-isolation protocols .

If after official travel has been approved, the individual’s COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen, then pursuant to Executive Order 13991 and consistent with CDC guidance on isolation, agencies must instruct the individual to not undertake further official travel, including under any previously approved travel authorization, and to again not enter a Federal facility or interact with members of the public as part of their official responsibilities, restarting at day 0 of isolation protocols.

Q: What should agencies do if an employee has probable or confirmed COVID-19 while on official travel?

A: If an employee has probable or confirmed COVID-19 while on official travel (i.e., travel conducted under an official travel authorization), then pursuant to Executive Order 13991 and consistent with CDC guidance, agencies must instruct the individual to follow agency isolation protocols and not undertake further official travel, including return travel, for at least 5 full days after their first day of symptoms, or after the date of the initial positive diagnostic viral test for asymptomatic individuals. The agency must cover all costs associated with travel and lodging expenses, as well as the cost of any diagnostic testing, in these circumstances, to the extent permitted by the Federal Travel Regulation.

After that point, once the individual is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their other symptoms are improving, then the agency may instruct the individual that they can proceed with undertaking further travel, including return travel. Pursuant to Executive Order 13991 and consistent with CDC guidance on isolation, the agency must then instruct the individual to, in addition to other standard pre-travel instructions related to COVID-19:

If at any point prior to their return travel the individual’s COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen, agencies must instruct the individual to not undertake further official travel, including return travel, and to not enter a Federal facility or interact with members of the public as part of their official responsibilities, restarting at day 0 of isolation protocols, consistent with Executive Order 13991 and CDC recommendations on isolation and the protocols set forth by their agency.

The agency must cover all costs associated with travel and lodging expenses, as well as the cost of any diagnostic testing, in these circumstances, to the extent permitted by the Federal Travel Regulation.

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International Travel Guidance for DOI Employees

Doi guidance for official international travel .

International travel preparations take several weeks to complete, so travelers should begin the necessary steps as soon as possible. Office of the Secretary personnel can direct questions via Teams Chat or email to the DOI Office of International Affairs Director Karen Senhadji or Senior Advisor Larry Sperling. Bureau personnel may wish to confer with their own international office/ program to determine if additional guidelines or routing are necessary. In addition, travelers may wish to direct specific questions to the particular points of contact listed for the steps below. 

REQUIRED for All DOI International Travelers:

  • Submit DOI International Travel Clearance Form (DI-1175). All DOI employees must submit an electronic International Travel Clearance Form (DI-1175) 60-180 days before travel departure date, for all international destinations including cross border travel locations and same day travel to Mexico and Canada. (Travelers who are not DOI employees, such as contractors or invitational travelers, do not require a DI-1175.) The link to the international travel form can be found here: ForeignTravelForms . Please note: If you are outside a DOI or bureau office network, Pulse Secure (VPN) is required to access the form. For travel by political appointees, even if you have permission from your leadership, please notify Karen Senhadji as soon as you learn of the planned travel to facilitate timely reporting and approvals for your trip. Note that all political appointee travel MUST be routed to and approved by the DOI Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff .
  • Request your official passport and/or visa.  All DOI employees traveling on official business must do so on an official passport. This is required per both DOI and State Department policy and applies even when just crossing the border for the day or traveling to and from a U.S. territory. Note that an official passport (brown cover) is distinct from a tourist/personal passport (navy blue cover) and that application procedures and guidance differ for each. Passport and visa information that you may find on public-facing Department of State or foreign embassy websites is for tourist passports and visas, and additional steps or different requirements may be applicable to official passports and visas. It normally takes  at least 8-12 weeks to obtain an official passport, and up to three or more weeks for each visa needed from foreign governments, so travelers  must begin this process as soon as possible. To obtain an official passport (new/renewal), an official visa, or to give notification of all travel in order to retrieve an official passport stored by the DOI Passports and Visas Division, please contact the INT Passport and Visa Division with a draft copy of the DI-1175 international travel clearance form or a Concur  (link is external) travel authorization as soon as you know you will need to travel (to all countries, including Canada). The Passports and Visas Division will provide you with guidance on which forms and supplementary materials to complete and submit for processing. The DOI Passports and Visas Division can be contacted at tel. 202-208-5292 , or fax 202-219-9822. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please see the web page of the Passports and Visa Division of the Office of International Affairs .
  • Complete required  State Department security training.  The Department of State requires that U.S. government personnel travelling internationally on official business take the online Counter-Threat Awareness Training (CT401/CTAT-formerly known as HSTOS training) before departure. As of April 2023, DOI staff can now complete this training through DOI Talent (Course No. CTAT-OGA-SCO04v2-2020 ). Please start the registration process as soon as you anticipate your travel. Approximate course duration is three hours. Once you complete the course you will be given access to the Completion Certificate to download and/or print. Training completions are considered valid for six years. DOI recommends that you carry this completion certificate with you when traveling outside the United States.  
  • Request electronic country clearance (eCC) from the State Department.  All U.S. government travelers who travel on official business internationally must receive approval from the local U.S. Embassy to enter the country. The Electronic Country Clearance must be obtained by submitting an eCC request to the State Department at least two weeks prior to travel. Please contact your bureau or office international travel coordinator for further instructions. 
  • Review State Department guidance on travel.  Travelers should consult the State Department travel destinations website for information relevant to their destination, and to learn about any travel alerts or warnings. It is highly recommended that all travelers register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  
  • Review COVID-19 Requirements.  Please note that countries may apply additional travel restrictions and requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic; check specific  State Department guidance  for the relevant foreign country and be prepared for requirements for re-entry requirements into the United States.
  • Check for and get necessary immunizations.  Plan ahead—immunizations may take several weeks to take effect, and some must be administered independently of one another. Each traveler’s medical and health concerns will vary.  It is highly prudent to compare one’s individual health status/concerns with the details available from the Center for Disease Control , and to consult a medical professional. 
  • Notify  DOI law enforcement/security office regarding travel by PAS (Senate-confirmed) appointees.  Please note, the Office of Law Enforcement and Security (OLES) must be informed of international travel by PAS (Senate Confirmed) appointees. 
  • Notify your personnel security branch if traveling internationally with a Security Clearance (Secret, Top Secret, SCI).  This includes personal travel.
  • Be aware of DOI polices on international travel with electronics.  The DI-1175 travel approval form includes a place to specify whether you wish to bring government-furnished electronic equipment with you. Once your bureau has approved your 1175, that will go to the attention of your organization's IT support / Associate Director for Information Resources, who will provide guidance on any security requirements. For background, visit the DOI International Travel with Electronics Advisory Site  (link is external) which contains more information on travelling with electronics, including the official memo for the Department of the Interior Security Requirements for International Travelers and the use of Electronics on International Travel. 
  • Ensure compliance with all other federal/DOI travel requirements. In addition to international travel requirements, DOI employees must also complete all of the same documentation and approval procedures that are in place for domestic travel, including compliance with federal travel regulations (i.e. use of U.S. owned airlines to and from the continental U.S; when different classes of travel are permitted and when layovers for travel are allowed etc.) and completion of a travel authorization. (These travel requirements are administered by the Office of Financial Management and are documented in the Departmental Manual Chapter 347 and the DOI Temporary Duty Travel Policy Guidance document. )

RECOMMENDED for all DOI International Travelers

  • Confirm health insurance coverage. Travelers should verify international coverage through their personal medical insurance representative, since not all carriers provide coverage overseas. Please note that State Department posts are increasingly requiring U.S. Government travelers to provide proof of medical evacuation insurance to obtain electronic country clearance (eCC). The State Department has provided a list of providers for this service which can be reimbursed as a voucher expense. The traveler should make sure that the coverage purchased meets the criteria for the coverage required by the relevant post.
  • Notify bank and credit card companies of travel.  Some banks or credit cards may close an account if they notice unexpected overseas activity. Travelers should contact their bank and credit card companies beforehand to provide the destination and dates of travel, as well as to inquire about any foreign transaction fees that may be applied if the credit or debit card is used outside of the U.S., and whether cards may require the use of a longer pin number or chip.
  • Consult the latest exchange rate.  Exchange rates fluctuate. There are many Internet sources to determine the most current exchange rate, such as Currency Converter (link is external).
  • Consider requirements for electrical outlets.  Other countries use a number of outlets that are not compatible with standard U.S. electronic devices. There are many internet sources which indicate if adapters are needed, such as the  European Union standards site  (link is external).
  • Consider the time difference.  There are many Internet sources to determine the time difference between your home and destination, such as the  World Clock site  (link is external).

Department and Bureau International Travel Contacts

Please note that  bureau employees  must work with their bureau's International Office Travel Contacts to process all of the documents listed above  according to their bureau's policy.  Office of the Secretary and PMB Employees should contact the DOI Office of International Affairs (INT).

Additional Links and Forms

  • Federal Travel Regulations regarding Class of Travel and Fly America requirements
  • State Department per diems for overseas travel
  • State Department telephone directory
  • State Department Travel warnings, advisories, and entry requirements
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) travel notices

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Find out if you need to get a visa. United States citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit. If you have a visa, we recommend you make a copy and put it in a separate place. Carry your visa with you — do not pack it in your checked luggage.

Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP ) provide modified screening for pre-approved members, improve security by being more efficient during screenings at ports of entry.

Learn about the types of identification that are required for travel in the Western Hemisphere (Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America). There are six types of acceptable documents for crossing US borders.

All children, including infants, must have their own passport or Trusted Traveler Program document for U.S. entry. Carry documents for traveling with minor children.

  • If you are escorting a minor child without the parents, have a letter from both parents indicating that you have permission to travel with the minor.
  • If the child is accompanied by only one parent, the parent should have a note from the child's other parent. For example, "I acknowledge that my wife/ husband is traveling out of the country with my son/ daughter. He/She/ has my permission to do so."
  • If a single parent has sole custody, a copy of the court custody document can replace a letter from the other parent.

If bringing a dog, have a health certificate and proof of rabies vaccinations from a veterinarian in your country of residence. Prior to your trip, check with your airline for its rules on transporting animals – many airlines require a health certificate.

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Find out what is prohibited or restricted before you pack for your trip. Products that would harm community health, public safety and domestic plant and animal life are restricted from entering the United States and are subject to seizure by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency .

Other considerations for packing:

  • Carry only medication needed for the trip in its original container. Do not pack it.
  • Carry only the jewelry needed for the trip. Do not pack it.

Navigating Passenger Processing

When planning connecting flights to or from the United States, allow at least two hours between flights. Allow time for CBP processing that must be completed at your first port of entry.

If entering the United States by air or sea, you will receive en route a CBP Declaration Form 6059B and, if you are not from a Visa Waiver Program country, a CBP Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record . Complete all sections of the forms.

Review the CBP Inspection Process before your travel. Listed below are general steps for the inspection process.

  • On your U.S. arrival, go to the primary CBP passport control area. The CBP officer will ask to see all of your travel documents and the completed CBP forms. The officer may refer you for a secondary screening.
  • Proceed to baggage claim to pick up luggage.
  • Go to the CBP customs inspection checkpoint and show your declaration to the CBP officer, who may examine your bags and refer you for a secondary inspection.
  • Pay duty, if applicable.

Traveling Overseas Resources

These resources can help navigate traveling overseas. 

  • Know Before You Go – Regulations for International Travel
  • International Travel Tips – Online resources for common questions about international travel
  • Welcome to the United States – A Guide for International Visitors
  • Import/Export Forms – Travel documents and forms
  • Ports of Entry (Air, Land, Sea) – Locate the ports of entry into the United States
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February 23, 2022

International travel guidance for government mobile devices.

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The Federal CIO Council’s Federal Mobility Group (FMG) has released the final version of its in-depth international travel guidance report. The new document details a series of best practices agencies can adopt to safeguard Government-Furnished Equipment (GFE) mobile devices—mobile phones, tablets, and laptop computers—against attacks while in use during travel to foreign countries.

  • Mobile devices have evolved to become a critical link between a traveler and their home office, providing them access to business applications and data they would otherwise lack. Ensuring this line of communication is private and secure is imperative to protect the government traveler, hers or his GFE mobile devices as well as the backend enterprise systems that empower mobility.

The new travel guidance is the product of a cooperative effort between FMG and the Education, Energy, Defense, Homeland Security, Interior, Justice, and Treasury departments plus the General Services Administration and National Space and Aeronautics Administration. It also was distributed to industry stakeholders, who provided comment and feedback that were incorporated into the final document.

Titled the International Travel Guidance for Government Mobile Devices , the document outlines best practices for the configuration and use of GFE mobile devices to safeguard government data and information, backend enterprise systems, and users while they are on international travel outside the continental United States (OCONUS), to U.S. territories, and to foreign embassies and consulates located in the U.S., which are considered foreign territory. It outlines physical and cybersecurity threats to GFE; procedures for before, during, and upon completion of travel; and other considerations for GFE users on temporary international travel.

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Because of their portability and always-on state, mobile devices are susceptible to compromise, theft, physical damage, and loss, regardless of the user’s location. Use of mobile devices during foreign travel often intensifies this risk. Both government and personal information are at risk, including government and personal user account information, contacts, and application data. Moreover, government and industry employees often are targeted by foreign adversaries seeking to access the government’s confidential data and intellectual property and, in some cases, the personal data of government employees.

Use of mobile devices OCONUS presents additional security risk. If compromised, a device’s camera, microphone, Global Positioning System, functions, and other sensors may be used to eavesdrop on or track the traveler. Once compromised, a mobile device may be used to steal information or attack enterprise IT systems.

The travel guidance document is structured as follows:

  • Section 2 provides an overview of roles and responsibilities regarding use of mobile devices during international travel.
  • Section 3 informs readers of physical and cybersecurity threats applicable to international travel as background for the best practices discussed in Section 4.
  • Section 4 discusses best practices to mitigate the threats discussed in Section 3, organized by procedures for before, during, and upon return from international travel.
  • Section 5 summarizes the best practices for each phase of travel.
  • Appendix A includes a set of checklists agencies can use for best practices and/or when developing their agency-specific policy.

Additionally, the report recommends extra guidance for high-profile U.S. Government personnel, who are top targets of foreign adversaries and thus should not carry their regular-issued GFE mobile device when traveling internationally. Instead, these personnel should be provided a disposable or loaner commercial mobile device when they travel to a high-threat environment.

The best practices, which mitigate a range of threats that might be encountered in foreign countries, detailed in the newly issued FMG report will help agencies minimize an adversary’s ability to extract sensitive data from GFE mobile devices and limit damage should a device be compromised.

Click here to download a copy of the FMG-developed International Travel Guidance for Government Mobile Devices.

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If you are a U.S. citizen working for the U.S. Government, including the Foreign Service, and you are stationed abroad, your income tax filing requirements are generally the same as those for citizens and residents living in the United States. You are taxed on your worldwide income, even though you live and work abroad. However, you may receive certain allowances and have certain expenses that you generally do not have while living in the United States.

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Allowances, Differentials, and Other Special Pay

Most payments received by U.S. Government civilian employees for working abroad, including pay differentials, are taxable. However, certain foreign areas allowances, cost of living allowances, and travel allowances are tax free. For more information, refer to  Allowances, Differentials, and Other Pay .

U.S. Foreign Service Employees

If you are an employee of the U.S. Foreign Service and your position requires you to establish and maintain favorable relations in foreign countries, you may receive a nontaxable allowance for representation expenses. If your expenses are more than the allowance you receive, you can no longer deduct the excess expenses as an itemized deduction. For more information, refer to U.S. Foreign Service Employees .

Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, and Foreign Housing Exclusion and Deduction

Certain taxpayers can exclude or deduct income earned in foreign countries. However, the foreign earned income and housing exclusions and the foreign housing deduction do not apply to the income you receive as an employee of the U.S. Government.

For more information on the foreign earned income and housing exclusions and foreign housing deduction, see Publication 54, Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad .

U.S. Agency Reimbursed by Foreign Country

If you are a U.S. Government employee paid by a U.S. agency to perform services in a foreign country, your pay is from the U.S. Government and does not qualify for the exclusions or the deduction. This is true even if the U.S. agency is reimbursed by the foreign government.

Employees of Post Exchanges, etc.

If you are an employee of an Armed Forces post exchange, officers' and enlisted personnel club, embassy commissary, or similar instrumentality of the U.S. Government, the earnings you receive are paid by the U.S. Government. This is true whether they are paid from appropriated or non-appropriated funds. These earnings are not eligible for the foreign earned income and housing exclusions or the foreign housing deduction.

No Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions Allowed

You can no longer deduct unreimbursed employee expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions unless you are an Armed Forces reservist, a qualified performing artist, a fee-basis state or local government official, or an employee with impairment-related work expenses. Due to the suspension of miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% floor under Internal Revenue Code section 67(a), employees who do not fit into one of the listed categories cannot deduct employee business expenses.

Other Employment

If you are a U.S. citizen or resident employed abroad by the U.S. Government and you also receive income from a private employer or self-employment, you may qualify to claim the exclusions or the deduction applicable to this other income. If your spouse is a U.S. citizen or resident and earns income in a foreign country that is paid by a private employer or is from self-employment, your spouse may also qualify to claim the exclusions or deduction applicable to this other income. If you are not a U.S. government employee, amounts paid by the United States or its agencies to you may also qualify for the exclusions or the deduction. Refer to  Foreign Earned Income Exclusion .

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Keep Employees Safe When They Travel Abroad

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​For employers sending employees abroad for work, it's necessary to take precautions and have protocols in place to minimize risk, especially if employees will be traveling to a region experiencing unrest. 

"There is this concept of duty of care legally, where an employer in the United States is responsible for maintaining the welfare and safety of an individual employee while they're working," said Mary Miller Sallah, corporate travel expert and co-author of Check-Up, Check-In: Why Business Travel Strategies Should Prioritize Employee Health and Wellness (Advantage, 2023). "There can't be a hands-off approach."

Employers should think beyond the risks inherent in traveling to locations experiencing violence. They must also consider the stresses of traveling to remote areas or the risks to travelers' health.

"Travel risk is more generic in nature, like your passport or visas, or the physiological risk of traveling, which could be fatigue," Sallah said.

Safety risk, along with destination and location risk, is where the physical safety of the employee might come into play. "You don't necessarily have the ability to control everything in your surroundings," Sallah said. "There's always a risk, especially when you're in a different jurisdiction."

The first step should be to evaluate whether the trip is necessary. "In today's day and age, the very first consideration we would start off with is that whatever you're trying to accomplish, can that be done virtually?" said Anuja Agrawal, co-author of Check-Up, Check-In .

If the travel is necessary, a company should complete a pre-trip risk assessment. According to Agrawal, questions to consider, well in advance of the trip, should include:

  • What is the risk potential?
  • Where should people be allowed to travel? Where should they not?
  • What trips are mandatory? What are optional?

"It's important for employers to lay that out, rather than doing that on the fly when a trip actually comes up, and make that part of policy," Agrawal said. "There should be a process where you sit down with the employee and discuss the trip and any risk factors, and that should include [whether] either the employer or the employee has the ability to deny the trip."

Although an organization will not be able to anticipate every risk an employee may be faced with, there are steps an employer can take to plan for and communicate challenges that may arise. Executive buy-in will be critical to the success of a program designed to provide protection for employees working abroad. No international assignment strategy would be complete without the full support of the executive team and the budgetary funds to back up emergency plan creation and implementation.

It is also crucial to prepare a plan that equips employees with the necessary resources to deal with various types of emergencies. Information on what steps to take and who to contact in the event of an unplanned disaster must be clearly and regularly communicated to all affected employees. Several resources are available to assist employers in preparing a business emergency plan and a business continuity plan. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed a website,  Ready Business , with tools to help employers develop the right plan.

There are other resources employers can use to evaluate risk ahead of time. "[American companies] can always go to the U.S. State Department website and understand the current travel advisories for a particular destination," Sallah said.

The U.S. government offers a program to U.S. citizens called Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). "Enroll the employee in STEP, and they would at least be able to receive important information from the embassy," Agrawal said. "The embassy would be available to help them out if there was a particular risk."

Using a Third Party

Another option is to engage the services of a third-party organization in the region where employees will be traveling that can help employers evaluate risk ahead of time and manage any unforeseen circumstances. 

"When something happens, I would always encourage [a company to go] through the appropriate diplomatic channels like the State Department, and hopefully that company has a relationship with a third party that can help strategically manage those situations," Sallah said.

Employees should also have a plan for who to contact if something happens in the region, which could be the State Department or the local police. It's helpful for companies to buy appropriate insurance ahead of time, just in case something unexpected happens.

Katie Nadworny is a freelance writer in Istanbul. 

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Philippine Government Employee: Immigration Tips to Avoid Being Offloaded

If you are a government employee, you may think it’s easier to go out of the country as the Immigration officer is also a fellow civil servant. But, it’s quite strict for those who are working on the government. To be a bit closer to your dreams of traveling out of the country, here are some useful Immigration tips for Philippine Government Employee  to avoid being offloaded.

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The Bureau of Immigration doesn’t offload people because they have a goal or are plain evil. They do follow guidelines to protect us, Filipinos. And as responsible members of society, we must follow the rules and be responsible.

In case you are a government employee, you’ll need to have a travel authority so that your workmates will be ready in case you are gone for a while. For example, if you are a teacher and going out of the country during school days, it would be rude if you just automatically left. You need to ask permission so that you can have a substitute and lesson plan for your students. For those who have deadlines, you need to finish important reports before having an extended vacation.

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Why? Because you’re an integral part of our system, and the organization needs to prepare for your trip, so maybe they can assign other personnel. For example, if you are a teacher, they can get a substitute) or you need to finish your reports before leaving (if you’re in payroll, you need to process it before going out.) I know it’s a bit hassle, but remember, “if there’s a will, there’s a way!” It’s also not impossible to get a travel authority.

Check out these helpful immigration tips for your future travel.

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1. Have a Travel Authority

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As per Section 6 of Memorandum Circular no. 35, s.2017 from the office of the President of the Philippines, “No government official or employee shall be allowed to depart for any travel abroad, even if such travel is for a purely personal or private purpose without cost to the government unless such official or employee has duly accomplished the requisite leave forms and has obtained the appropriate travel authorization from his or her agency.”

What is this?

A Travel Authority is a document stating that you (the Philippine government employee) whose name is in it has an approved leave abroad. It can indicate the specific country and the leave dates.

For example (other departments or LGUs may have different formats):

Travel Authority

This is to authorize Ms. JANNA HOWE, Office of the Mayor Staff of XX City, to travel to Montenegro during the period of her approved leave of absence from December 25 to January 2, 2020, for personal reasons. Provided, however, that the said travel shall not use government funds except for said employee’s salaries on those stated dates.

How to get a Travel Authority

STEP 1 : Fill up your leave form or request for Travel Authority. Each department, the institution has different forms and requirements. You may check your memorandum.

STEP 2: Submit your Travel Authority to your head for approval. Here’s the list of the issuing authority.

Immigration Tips for Philippine Government Employee to Avoid Being Offloaded

When do you need to pass this request? It will depend on the institution or department. For most DILG, it can be at least 10 days before departure. For Teachers under DepEd, some experienced waiting for 2 or 3 months as you need to ask permission from the school, then the division, region, and central office. It’s better to ask someone who has traveled abroad, so you are not too early or late.

Don’t do it too early as your file may be forgotten. Heads thinking, “ Ay matagal pa naman siya magtratravel, later ko nalang pipirmahan ,” then your file will be lost under piles of paper. Or do it too late, makukuha mo na TA mo after na ng departure . But if you’ll let me choose between the two, it’s better to be early but follow-up para di makalimutan .

STEP 3 : Wait for your Travel Authority.

STEP 4 : Get your TA, and don’t forget to present it to the Immigration officer. Questions you may ask:

Q: I have an unused Travel Authority, can I use it on another time? A: No, your travel authority has details and dates. When the IO notices that the dates are not compatible with your flights, you may be offloaded or denied of going out of the country. You must need to process another one.

Q: Can I just go without one, I’ll just state I’m unemployed? A: Travel at your own risk. But as per the second paragraph of the memo’s section 7: “Administrative cases for misconduct, insubordination or other related offenses under the Civil Service Commission Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service and/or other relevant laws, rules, and regulations shall be filed against government personnel traveling abroad without requisite authority.”

Q: I’m a Casual or OJT? Do I need a TA? A: You may check with your head. Since you are not a permanent employee of the government, leave is okay. I have known someone who was a casual employee at a government hospital who wasn’t asked for a Travel Authority. But it’s better to double-check with your agency.

2. Bring the Required Documents

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Besides a Travel Authority, the most important documents the Immigration needs are the following:

  • Passport – it needs to be valid for at least 6 months before your flight and in its best condition (no tears, watermarks, etc.). If so, you’ll need to renew it immediately at the DFA.
  • Visa (when required) – check at first if you need a visa to the country(ies) you are going to. You may be asked for this by the IO.
  • Round trip Tickets – of course, you can’t go out of the country without a ticket toward there, but a return ticket is also essential, especially if you are a tourist. This will ensure that you are indeed coming back to the Philippines. The IO will check as well if they are the same as the Travel Authority.

3. Ready Other Supporting Documents

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Besides those important things mentioned above, here are some things you need to be ready of incase the Immigration Officer asks for it. It’s not always asked, but it’s better to be prepared than sorry.

  • ID – a valid identification may be asked, it’s better to show your Company or Institution ID proving that you indeed work in the government
  • Hotel Bookings – you may also be asked where you would stay, and it’s better to present a confirmed hotel booking or reservation
  • Itinerary – what are your plans, or what will you do? Present an itinerary with possible things to do on your trip abroad. This will show that you have an idea of what’s in the country and wouldn’t get trafficked or taken advantage of.
  • Cash or Card – the IO might also check if you could afford to travel or if you have financial means to support yourself abroad. Showing your credit or debit card and telling them how much you are bringing will be an advantage.

4. Check your Flight Details and Go to the Airport Early

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Review your flight details so that you won’t forget it, it’s better to put a reminder or an alarm on your phone. It’s also better to go to the airport 3 – 4 hours before your flights as you need to pass through immigration and sometimes the queues are long. Minsan, sa dami ng pasahero baka ma-page ka pa or di ka na aabot sa flight mo which is saying .

5. Take note of the boarding gates

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Check your boarding pass and see where your gate is and what time you are boarding. Minsan kasi pa-gala-gala tayo sa airport especially if may oras pa. If you are also in a hurry, knowing the gate will help you run in the right direction. But it’s better to be in front of the gate at least 30 minutes before boarding or an hour before your flight so you’ll be at ease and in case there are changes you will know.

6. Dress Code: Smart Casual

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You’ll feel judged as sometimes the IO will evaluate you by your appearance. Too sexy, they might think you are going abroad for other purposes besides tourism. Too plain (slippers and sleeveless shirts), they might ask you if you could afford travel—Dress Smart Casual –at least with a shirt, jeans, or some shoes.

7. Be confident and honest when talking with the IO

Don’t be scared when facing the IO as they don’t have a cutoff of how many to offload. They are doing their job as per their guidelines. Greet them with a smile and be polite. Submit your documents, especially your TA, and sometimes the IO won’t question you after that.

If also they are asking you questions, answer them honestly and consistently. If your answers are conflicting, then you may be subject to secondary inspection. In case you are misrepresenting, then you may not be able to go out of the country.

8. Have fun on your journey abroad

When you are already cleared, congratulations, now, you can relax and enjoy waiting for the announcement to board your plane. As soon as you land, pass through the other country’s IO (which is easier as they sometimes ask how many days you are staying) and enjoy your travel!

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I hope these immigration tips may help a Philippine government employee to avoid being offloaded. Getting a Travel Authority may be tiring, as you have to wait, unlike those with businesses or the companies that can get approved quickly. IOs are just people protecting fellow Filipinos from being trafficked or prone.

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Hi Lyza, I came across your article and I have a dilemma. I’m on career break currently (abt 8 months now) after working xx years with a previous company. I have an upcoming flight to Malaysia on Jan 2023 for leisure/travel. I’ll stay there for 6 days only. I have previous travels already (7 countries in total) pre-pandemic, last was in South Korea on Nov. 2019. I have the capacity to finance my travel in KL and I’ll be requesting for bank certs. My dilemma is the thought of being offloaded because: 1) I have no current job & is on career break 2) I’m a female solo traveller. Any tips you can share to prevent this from happening? Thanks a lot!

I understand what if the IO assigned to you is not giving any attention to your answer and to all the documents that support my answer… as i can see she was focus for the documents i dont have like AOS.. im trying to explain why and showing documents to show that i will just stat there for a visit but im not yet explaining but she ask another questions.. how can we established our side if the IO is focus to offload me because i dont have AOS but i have documents that showing i need to go back from work after 2 or 3 weeks.. the reason why i will go there is to visit my sister almost 3 years since we see each other… i need a short break to refresh my mind after my long term partner leave for no reason and i want to be with my sister for a while so i can help myself to heal… i am lucky that my employer grant me a vacation leave to sympatize with my situation but unlucky to be with the IO that is not in the mood.. before me she is like angry talking to old person.. maybe that IO is really exhausted that time.. so she if you cannot provide the AOS she will not give you a chance to establish that you will just go there and visit..

did you say your sister was covering your expenses for the trip? If so, sometimes an Affidavit of Support is asked to support your claim.

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Military spouses working for federal agencies may soon find it easier to take their jobs with them when their families move overseas.

Pentagon and State Department officials on April 17 are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding that will remove many of the barriers to remote work overseas for military spouses, Sheila Casey, executive director of Joining Forces, said Tuesday at a conference hosted by the Association of Defense Communities. Joining Forces is a White House initiative to support military families.

The memorandum aims to improve the Domestic Employees Teleworking Overseas (DETO) program, as required by President Joe Biden’s June 2023 executive order outlining steps to enhance economic prospects for military and veterans spouses, caregivers and survivors.

The policy change will address many of the State Department’s concerns about residential security requirements for federal employees working overseas, Casey said. If successful, the update would expand military spouses’ opportunities to earn income and avoid massive work-related expenses they may incur when trying to telework from abroad.

All federal employees are prohibited from teleworking overseas without approval from their agency and the State Department. But a number of military spouses who have moved overseas on permanent change-of-station orders have been denied the ability to work for a federal agency overseas under the DETO program, or have seen those agreements rescinded — costing tens of thousands of dollars in lost wages.

“We’re cautiously optimistic that this will be a step in the right direction,” said Sue Hoppin, founder and president of the National Military Spouse Network, which has advocated for changes to the DETO program for years. “We all know that removing the barriers to military spouses working overseas won’t involve just any one solution. We’d be interested in seeing more data.”

For example, Hoppin said, will the change result in more military spouses being granted the ability to telework overseas?

“We hope that agencies will start tracking this type of information so we can start identifying some best practices,” she said.

Some spouses previously interviewed by Military Times have said military families were told to foot the bill for security requirements for federal telework overseas, such as bomb- and shatter-proof glass, specific door locks and an alarm system to notify the State Department if there is a break-in. One spouse said she spent $15,000 on required security upgrades.

It’s unclear what the guidelines are for when an agency pays for required security upgrades to a residence, or whether the memorandum will address the issue.

It’s unclear how many military spouses would be affected by the upcoming policy change. Some spouses have told Military Times they estimate that group numbers in the hundreds.

The federal government has sought to remedy the myriad issues that complicate military spouse employment through a number of initiatives.

The Defense Department, which provides a range of education and employment resources for its approximately 580,000 active duty military spouses, has funded the Military Spouse Career Accelerator Pilot , a 12-week program in which DOD pays the stipends of military spouses at civilian employers who may offer them a full-time job at the end of the fellowship.

In 2023, the first year of the three-year pilot program, more than 400 spouses were placed into fellowships, said Liz O’Brien, executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, which administers the program for DOD. Eighty-five percent of the spouses were offered employment by their sponsor company.

Another 200 spouses have been placed into fellowships in the first quarter of 2024, O’Brien said at the Association of Defense Communities conference.

Citing early indicators of its success, congressional lawmakers now recommend expanding the fellowship program and making it permanent as part of a slate of military quality-of-life improvements proposed by the House Armed Services Committee panel on Thursday. The proposal notes that the average salary offered by employers as a result of the 2023 fellowships exceeded $65,500.

Local communities are important to the success of the spouse employment effort, O’Brien said, and encouraged businesses to apply to participate in the fellowship program.

Karen has covered military families, quality of life and consumer issues for Military Times for more than 30 years, and is co-author of a chapter on media coverage of military families in the book "A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families." She previously worked for newspapers in Guam, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Fla., and Athens, Ga.

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  1. New Foreign Travel Reporting Requirements for America's ...

    New IT tools were supplied, and the capability to submit bulk foreign travel went "live" on August 24, 2022. So as of August 24, 2022, all federal contracting employees holding a personnel ...

  2. Federal travel regulation

    The Federal Travel Regulation summarizes the travel and relocation policy for all federal civilian employees and others authorized to travel at the government's expense. Federal employees and agencies may use the FTR as a reference to ensure official travel and relocation is conducted in a responsible and cost effective manner.

  3. Official Travel

    A: No. There are no Government-wide limits on official travel (i.e., travel conducted under an official travel authorization) for Federal employees, regardless of their vaccination status. Individuals should follow their agency's travel policy. In approving official travel for an individual, agencies should: Inform the traveling individual ...

  4. International Travel Guidance for DOI Employees

    The Passports and Visas Division will provide you with guidance on which forms and supplementary materials to complete and submit for processing. The DOI Passports and Visas Division can be contacted at tel. 202-208-5292, or fax 202-219-9822. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please see the web page of the Passports and Visa ...

  5. Home

    The Federal Travel Regulation (Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 41, Chapters 300 through 304) (FTR) is the Government-wide regulation that implements statutory requirements and Executive Branch policies for travel by Federal civilian employees and others authorized to travel at Government expense. This directive provides internal agency ...

  6. Employees required to report foreign travel > Defense Logistics Agency

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -. Employees going on temporary duty to foreign countries must do more than just complete travel orders in the Defense Travel System. The Defense Department's Foreign Clearance Guide outlines requirements employees must complete before traveling. The requirements vary by combatant command and country, and they change ...

  7. PDF Federal Travel Regulation Overview

    Travel Policy Mission. Ensure Federal agencies spend travel dollars wisely, efficiently, and effectively while accomplishing their missions. Committed to ensuring that government travel policy follows all relevant laws, while applying innovative technology and implementing industry best practices. Federal Government is among the largest travel ...

  8. No Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated Feds on Official Travel

    Public Health. The government has lifted all limits on official travel for fully vaccinated federal employees, according to new guidance. That means they will not have to self-quarantine or be ...

  9. PDF International Travel Guidance—Mobile Devices i January 2022

    Wipe and reload your travel devices. Upon completion of international travel, the employee should return the mobile device, any portable media (e.g., SD card), and device passcodes to the device-issuing office as soon as possible, i.e., upon return to the office. The device should not be connected to an agency network.

  10. Travel Overseas

    Review the CBP Inspection Process before your travel. Listed below are general steps for the inspection process. On your U.S. arrival, go to the primary CBP passport control area. The CBP officer will ask to see all of your travel documents and the completed CBP forms. The officer may refer you for a secondary screening.

  11. PDF FAQ DOD TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

    A24. Government-funded leave is leave by a military member or DoD civilian employee whose leave involves Government-funded travel. One example is renewal agreement travel by civilian employees. Q25. Can service members currently on leave in CONUS return overseas to a CDC Level 3 or Level 2 country they are stationed in? A25.

  12. International Travel Guidance for Government Mobile Devices

    The travel guidance document is structured as follows: Section 2 provides an overview of roles and responsibilities regarding use of mobile devices during international travel. Section 3 informs readers of physical and cybersecurity threats applicable to international travel as background for the best practices discussed in Section 4. Section 4 ...

  13. PDF Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

    WHEREAS, government officials and employees can only travel abroad with the requisite authorization, WHEREAS, Executive Order (EO) No. 459 (s. 2005) specifies the appropriate offices which may issue travel authorities for different categories of government personnel, and identifies the Office of the President (OP) as the approving authority with

  14. Joint Travel Regulations

    Joint Travel Regulations. The Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) implements policy and law to establish travel and transportation allowances for Uniformed Service members (i.e., Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps, and Public Health Service Commissioned Corps), Department of Defense (DoD) civilian ...

  15. Federal Benefits and Obligations Abroad

    A number of U.S. government agencies offer services for U.S.citizens and retirees abroad. For additional information, please see: Social Security Administration (SSA) - Social Security card application. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) - Online application. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Department of Labor. Railroad Retirement Board.

  16. Hours of Work for Travel

    Under 5 U.S.C. 5542 (b) (2) and 5 CFR 550.112 (g), official travel away from an employee's official duty station is hours of work if the travel is-. results from an event that could not be scheduled or controlled administratively by any individual or agency in the executive branch of Government (such as training scheduled solely by a private ...

  17. Overseas Telework

    An employee in a domestic position who is teleworking for a Federal agency from an overseas location is defined by the Department of State as a Domestic Employee Teleworking Overseas (DETO). DETO policy helps the Government carry out a global mission, support family unification, and recruit and retain valuable talent and expertise in the ...

  18. Overseas Assignments

    An overseas assignment translates to months of preparation and planning. U.S. government employees and their family members assigned to a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas can visit the Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) in Arlington, VA to use their collection of resources for researching overseas posts and the logistics of an international move. Hours of operation. […]

  19. U.S. Government Civilian Employees Stationed Abroad

    Most payments received by U.S. Government civilian employees for working abroad, including pay differentials, are taxable. However, certain foreign areas allowances, cost of living allowances, and travel allowances are tax free. For more information, refer to Allowances, Differentials, and Other Pay.

  20. Transitioning from the Civil Service to Overseas

    Family members currently working in a Civil Service (CS) position with the Department of State who are listed on their sponsoring employee's travel orders to a post abroad and have a transfer date within the next six months should apply to the FSFRC via the DS-5137 form on MyData. The application should be submitted a minimum of 30 days prior ...

  21. Keep Employees Safe When They Travel Abroad

    For employers sending employees abroad for work, it's necessary to take precautions and have protocols in place to minimize risk, especially if employees will be traveling to a region experiencing ...

  22. Security Alert for U.S. Citizens: New Restrictions on U.S. Government

    Event: New Restrictions on U.S. Government Employee Travel. U.S. government employees may no longer travel to Zacatecas state, with the exception of air travel to and from Zacatecas City. U.S. government employees may not travel to Zacatecas City overland. Zacatecas state has experienced violent turf battles between cartels.

  23. Philippine Government Employee: Immigration Tips to Avoid Being Offloaded

    1. Have a Travel Authority. As per Section 6 of Memorandum Circular no. 35, s.2017 from the office of the President of the Philippines, "No government official or employee shall be allowed to depart for any travel abroad, even if such travel is for a purely personal or private purpose without cost to the government unless such official or employee has duly accomplished the requisite leave ...

  24. Draft Guide Published on Using Government Devices Abroad

    The federal CIO Council has published a draft guide on security precautions for government-furnished equipment (GFE) such as mobile devices by federal employees on international travel. "As ...

  25. Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (April 11, 2024)

    E-mail: [email protected]. Website: https://il.usembassy.gov/. State Department - Consular Affairs. 888-407-4747or 202-501-4444. Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Country Information. Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Travel Advisory. Enroll in Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.

  26. Important Facts about Overseas Coverage

    Important Facts about Overseas Coverage. You should not be enrolled in an HMO if you are living overseas, except when the overseas geographic location is part of an HMO's service area (such as Guam). See Section 7 of the plan brochure for information about filing an overseas claim. Most overseas providers require payment "up front".

  27. Feds to make moving government jobs abroad easier for military spouses

    Apr 12, 01:27 PM. A new agreement is coming to help military spouses move their federal jobs overseas. (George Doyle/Getty Images) Military spouses working for federal agencies may soon find it ...

  28. Travel Authority for Government Employees

    Government employees can set an appointment for renewal through the DFA website or can walk-in the courtesy lane at DFA Aseana (cut off time is noon.) Double-check your documents. Make sure to bring the following: Passport. Visa (if applicable) Round-trip Plane ticket (you can save it to your phone too) Travel Authority. Approved Leave Form. ID.