Travel Abroad

Can I bring my laptop and other hand held communication devices with me?

Can I hand carry samples or other laboratory instruments?

Q: Can I bring my laptop and other hand held communication devices with me?

A: Yes, with several exceptions.

If, for example, you happen to have export controlled data on your laptop (i.e. proprietary data which is not the results of fundamental research), this would require a license, depending on its EAR or ITAR classification. In addition, the U.S. Government’s OFAC restrictions prohibit the export by any means of any article (including laptops or hand held devices) to Cuba, Iran, Syria or Sudan without license authorization. See OFAC.

Q: Can I hand carry samples or other laboratory instruments?

A: If EAR (dual use) controlled, such items may or may not qualify under the Tools of Trade exemption, and therefore require prior classification. If ITAR controlled, a license is likely required.