International Travel Information

If you are traveling out of the country there can be some possible risks when taking your own personal or state-owned equipment. The Office of Information Technology is prepared to assist our Faculty and Staff by providing them with everything they need to mitigate the risk of data loss. Many countries have strict security regulations regarding encryption in place that could lead to your hardware being confiscated, inspected, and imaged upon arrival to the country. The Office of Information Technology will provide loaner hardware to use for your trip, and will also demonstrate how to securely connect back to the HSC network so you can continue to work uninterrupted from anywhere in the world!

Once you have been cleared for international travel, you will receive a confirmation email from Risk Management. OIT will receive a similar notification and will contact you within 2 business days to gather more information about your trip. We will also provide you with details about any restrictions that may be in place for the country you are traveling to. If it is decided that a loaner is needed, a local support technician will setup a time to meet with you and setup your machine. 

The potential of having state owned assets and/or data confiscated by a foreign entity is a huge security risk for the HSC. It could also violate other regulations such as HIPAA and FERPA. For these reasons, OIT must advise that you not travel with any state owned equipment or data. This includes laptops, phones, USB drives ,etc.

Below is a list of some of the countries that may have International Security Regulations in place:

 • Afghanistan  • Kyrgyzstan
 • Belarus  • Lebanon
 • Burma  • Liberia
 • Central African Republic  • Lybia
 • China  • North Korea
 • Ivory Coast  • Russia
 • Cuba  • Somalia
 • Cyprus  • Sri Lanka
 • Democratic Republic of the Congo  • Sudan
 • Eritrea  • Syria
 • Haiti  • Venezuela
 • Iran  • Vietnam
 • Iraq  • Zimbabwe

If you need more information about the restrictions for any of these countries or would like an updated list you may contact the HSC Risk Management office, or the OIT Security team at oit-security@tamhsc.edu.