Passports, Visas, and Vaccinations

When preparing to travel internationally, obtaining a passport and investigating the entry and exit requirements for the country of your destination is essential.  The entry and exit requirements will help inform you about any restrictions as well as needed visas.  We highly recommend that you consult Travel.State.Gov, a service of the U.S. Department of State, for information about passports, visas, and more.  As you move forward in the planning process, please consult your education abroad advisor to learn more about what is or is not included in your education abroad program.

If you are an international student, we recommend you consult with your embassay as well as your international student advisor at PSU to best understand any restrictions further travel may present. 

Passports

Having a valid passport is required to participate in any of the PSU education abroad programs. If you do not have a passport or your passport is expired, we recommend you begin the application process immediately. Additionally, we recommend that current passport holders review their passport expiration date.  Generally speaking, most countries require that your passport expiration date extends six months past your planned return to the United States. 

To learn about applying for or renewing your passport, we recommend consulting the U.S. Department of State website (travel.state.gov) on Passports. 

Visas

Visa requirements vary from country to country.  As a student, you may be required to obtain a student visa.  It is important to investigate what may be required for entry and then consult with your education abroad advisor at PSU to best understand the requirements of your program and what may or may not be arranged for you by your education abroad program.  To learn more about visas, we reccomend consulting your education abroad program and the travel.state.gov regarding Visas.

Vaccinations

Making decisions regarding vaccinations can be difficult.  We recommend that you consult with your primary physician and make an informed decision given entry/exit requirements, CDC recommendations, and your current state of health. You also have the option of making an appointment at a local travel clinic to discuss any health concerns or questions you have. Travel clinicians can provide recommended vaccinations and medication prescriptions based on your immunization/health history and travel plans.

It is important to note that some countries may require proof of vaccination for some diseases, while others are recommended.  One of the best places to start researching this is with the Center for Disease Control.  They have an extensive website specifically for travelers.  With the help of your physician, we know you will make the best decision for your health as well as the health of those around you.