The Center for Education Diplomacy welcomes all of our attendees to our 2017 Institute and to the United States. We want to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant visit to Washington D.C. Since there have been some recent changes to U.S. immigration and customs policies, we want to ensure that our attendees from outside of the U.S. are aware of the procedures for arrival to the United States.


Know Before You Go
Travel Information for International Travelers
(adapted from information obtained via the ACLU):


What documents should I have with me as I pass through U.S. Immigration and Customs?

Please be sure to have your passport, your flight itinerary with return ticket, printed confirmation of your accommodation, the address of your accommodation while in the US, a printout of the Institute event site or a printout of an ACEI email with details about the event. If you require an invitation letter, please request one by filling out this form.

Which U.S. agencies will I encounter at the airport?

Airports are staffed with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA).

Can my bags or I be searched after going through metal detectors with no problem or after security sees that my bags do not contain a weapon?

Yes. Even if the initial screen of your bags reveals nothing suspicious, airport screeners have the authority to conduct a further search of you or your bags if needed.

Do I have to provide my laptop passwords or unlock my mobile phone for U.S. agents?

For security purposes you may be asked to provide your laptop passwords or unlock their mobile phones.
(However, although this should not be an issue for you, please be aware that it is not clear from a legal standpoint whether officers have the authority to search or copy files in your electronic devices without any reasonable suspicion that the devices contain evidence of wrongdoing.)

What is the electronics ban and how will it affect me?

Due to new U.S. government restrictions, electronic devices larger than a cell phone/smart phone will not be allowed to be carried onboard aircrafts of selected airlines and countries on U.S.-bound flights. Electronic devices that exceed this size limit must be secured in checked luggage. Visit the Department of Homeland Security to find out if your journey will be affected.

For more imperative information regarding traveling to the United States, visit ACLU's website.