Traveling to a Foreign Country

How to determine which foreign-travel expenses are reimbursable to UW-Madison travelers and what preparations need to be made for a business trip overseas.


More information about international travel can be found on the UW-Madison International Division’s website.

Passport and visa requirements

Travelers are responsible for determining passport and visa documentation requirements. When required for travel, visa fees are payable/reimbursable by UW-Madison, but passport costs (e.g. issuance, renewals, photos) are not.

Get help with visa documentation requirements.

How to reserve

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Airfare

All airfare must be booked through the Concur online booking tool or directly with an agent at Fox World Travel; however, it is recommended travelers contact a Fox World Travel agent at 866.230.8787 for assistance with international reservations due to the complexity of international air travel. Use of a third party online travel booking site (e.g. Travelocity, Orbitz) or booking directly with an airline is prohibited.

When air travel is paid or reimbursed using federal sponsored funds (e.g. 144 funds), it is required to use US flag air carriers per the Fly America Act.  The Open Skies Agreement provides a number of circumstances where foreign air carriers can be used.

For additional details, see Booking a flight.

Lodging

All lodging must be reserved through the Concur online system, directly with an Agent at Fox World Travel, or by booking directly with the lodging facility. Use of a third-party booking site (e.g. Airbnb, Hotels.com, Travelocity) is prohibited.

Travelers are limited to the daily rate for the location. Use the UW TravelWIse Lodging and Per Diem Calculator to see the daily rates for the dates and location of your trip.

Please note, lodging maximums for international locations in the TravelWIse calculator include taxes.

For additional details, see Reserving Lodging.

Vehicle Rental

The University participates in the Big Ten contract with Enterprise and National which is available in many international locations.  Rentals must be reserved through Concur. Vehicle rentals are limited to compact/standard/intermediate vehicle classes unless a business need requires a larger class of vehicle.

If Enterprise and National are not available – either they do not serve a particular location or they do not have any vehicles available – University travelers also have access to the State of Wisconsin’s contract with Hertz. If vehicles are not available through any of these three vendors, travelers can book a rental vehicle elsewhere and are not required to use Concur.

Rental vehicle insurance coverage options for international locations vary by country.  Any and all rental vehicle insurance coverages for international locations are payable/reimbursable.  Global insurance rate tables can be found on the Enterprise and National contract page. For more information on vehicle rental insurance, see Driver authorization And Insurance.

For more information on vehicle use while traveling, see Using A Vehicle During UW Business Travel.

Foreign Currency

Foreign currency conversion and transaction fees are payable/reimbursable.

Travel Insurance

For information regarding insurance while traveling internationally, see Risk Management While Traveling.

Contact

Travelers and departmental staff should contact their respective Divisional Business Office for policy or procedural questions.

Divisional Business Offices may e-mail uwtravel@bussvc.wisc.edu with questions.