Planning Your Trip

USDA Travelers must coordinate their official government foreign travel through their Agency Travel Coordinators. Travelers from the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) should work with their assigned travel arrangers.

Determine the Travelers Health Requirements and Advisories

Please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Traveler’s Health website  The CDC has information specific to the country and to specific disease preventative measures  The costs of required inoculations, vaccinations or preventive medicines are allowed reimbursable expenses. 

Create Itinerary & Travel Authorization

Draft your itinerary and begin the authorization process in GovTrip. Once you have determined a trip purpose, dates, location, and received verbal approver from your required superiors you may begin the GovTrip Travel Authorization. It is imperative that you comply with Federal and Agricultural Travel Regulations when creating your itinerary, including special rules for Premium Class Travel, Non-Contract and Foreign Flag Carriers. 

Travel Regulations

When traveling abroad for official government travel you must abide by all rules and regulation set by the Federal Travel Regulations (FTR’s), the Agricultural Travel Regulations (ATR’s) and any specific directives of your agency. Please follow the link below to familiarize yourself with these Federal and Agricultural Travel Regulations.

Contact your Agency Travel Coordinator for agency specific directives.

Click here for all FAS directives related to travel. You may contact the International Travel Section (ITS) for questions about FAS specific travel directives.

Current Travel Warnings

Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff. Click here for the current travel warnings which have been issues by the U.S. Department of State.