Travel Policy & Resources

Travel Resources

When planning travel, well in advance of departure:

  • Emergency Support: Read through and print resources.
  • Travel Documents and Visas: Verify that you have what you need for any Dartmouth Travel off campus.
  • Travel Exception: If required, apply at least 30 days before your planned departure date.
  • Travel Registry: Registration is required for all Dartmouth Travelers traveling to international locations. 
  • International SOS (ISOS member ID 11BSGC000018): Read through travel alerts and risk profiles for locations you are traveling to; update your travel and contact information.
    • Please note that the ISOS portal has changed , if you had an account on the previous site please register again at the new portal. 
    • Learn more about ISOS travel, medical, and security assistance through Dartmouth's Travel Assistance Program.
  • U.S. Department of State or the nearest embassy or consulate of your country of citizenship at your travel locations: Enroll for updates and alerts.
  • COVID-19 Requirements from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Check the requirements for domestic and international travel.
  • Safeguard Devices and Data: Check the guidance; laws and policies differ by location and can change frequently.
  • Travel Recommendations for Students from the Dartmouth College Health Service: Review and sign up for travel clinics.

Travel Safety Policy Presentation and Update, April 2023

Travel Risk Recommendations

  • It is highly recommended to arrange a pre-travel consult with Dick's House 4 to 6 weeks prior to travel in order to review exposures, vaccinations, medications, best health practices, etc. If you are currently outside of New Hampshire, it is recommended that you arrange a pre-travel consult with a travel health professional.
  • US citizens should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) offered by the US Department of State and monitor alerts
  • All Dartmouth travelers should download the ISOS app and monitor alerts
  • If the need for medical advice or assistance should arise, contact ISOS as a first step
  • All travelers should review the ISOS write up for the travel destination and make note of the vaccination requirements (this should be down 60 days prior to travel to ensure adequate time to get the vaccinations, which may require multiple shots)
  • Petty/opportunistic crime is present in most locations so appropriate precautions should be taken including, be always aware of your surroundings, do not wear expensive watches or jewelry, keep valuable (laptops, tablets, cameras, cell phones) out of public view
  • Do not accept drinks or food from strangers as incapacitating drugs are known to be used to enable assault and/or robbery
  • Do not travel alone
  • Many locations have mosquito borne illnesses (malaria, Zika, etc.) present therefore precautions (repellents, minimize skin exposure, netting, etc.) to prevent bites should be taken
  • Transportation is one of the most significant risks therefore thorough research should be done via ISOS and US Department of State websites, regarding recommended modes of transportation. 
  • Avoid all areas of the destination country which are listed as concerns by ISOS or governmental agencies such as the US Department of State

Pre-Travel Video Series

This 3-part video series covers personal safety, health & wellness, and emergency support tips for students heading overseas for study, internships, or research experiences. These videos are meant to supplement pre-departure training and advising offered through on-campus departments. The videos were created by the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding with assistance from the Office of the Provost and a collaborative team of colleagues working across the institution on a range of international & intercultural programs.

1. Personal Safety


2. Health & Wellness


3. Emergency Support


Updated 11/8/2023