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International Travel

Following federal and local guidelines recommended to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19),  SMU has designated ALL international travel destinations as "restricted regions" until further notice.   For more information, please see SMU - Coronavirus.

Travel Notice  For SMU students, faculty or staff who may be considering travel out of the country, SMU recommends enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  Log on to:

Southern Methodist University employees, graduate students, and undergraduate students planning to travel internationally for any University-sponsored purpose must register their travel in accordance with the information provided within this website.

This website contains different sections for employee travel, graduate students, and undergraduate students.  Please use the buttons below to navigate to the appropriate section.


 Any SMU-sponsored travel to a restricted region will need approval from the Travel Oversight Committee (TOC) prior to their departure from the United States.  This approval is in addition to any other university or department required approvals for international travel, and is also documented in the links above.  The TOC will review any restricted region travel once the Request to Travel to Restricted Regions form is filled out.  This form must be completed at least 15 days prior to departure.

What is a Restricted Region?

Restricted Region is a region of the world that SMU has identified as an area that requires travelers to exert special efforts to mitigate risk and, when necessary, to avoid travel altogether.

  Check to see if the country you are traveling to is a restricted region by checking the list here.


This process has been developed in accordance with the two SMU policies that relate to international travel: SMU Policy 3.7 and SMU Policy 8.9.