Non-U.S. Citizens Traveling Abroad
Baylor strongly encourages all members of its community to participate in international travel opportunities sponsored by the University.
Informational updates during travel
Baylor travelers who are not U.S. citizens may also enroll in the U.S. Department of State’s (U.S. DOS) Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive local security updates related to road closures, transportation strikes, civil unrest, and more. Follow directions on the STEP website to “create an account” and then “add a trip” to your profile. Note that many fields in the enrollment forms are optional. If you do not have a U.S. passport, leave the passport field blank. .
Detention by customs and border protection
Non-U.S. citizens associated with Baylor (students, faculty and staff) who travel abroad must comply with all overseas travel requirements outlined or risk facing detention by the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) upon re-entry to the United States. Baylor University and/or the Director of Global Safety and Security have no authority over the CBP and cannot intervene on a traveler’s behalf.
Travel ban updates
On December 4, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to allow the latest version of the Trump administration’s travel ban to go into full effect while litigation continues in the lower courts.
Since the Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco and Richmond are working on the issue on an expedited basis, the U.S. Supreme Court will likely rule on the issue by June 2018.
The ban applies to travel to the U.S. for citizens of Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela. International students and faculty who have the proper visas to work or study in the U.S. are not expected to be affected by the Executive Order (EO) in the near-term.
Baylor students, staff and faculty who have questions about the EO and its impact on travel regulations are encouraged to contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.