Small Business International Travel Resource

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Preparing your employees for international work travel before departure is crucial to safer and healthier work abroad. International work locations present unique challenges and risks, especially for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees (Cunningham 2014). Many small businesses lack dedicated travel and human resource staff to plan such trips. This puts more responsibility for safe and healthy employee travel on owners and managers.

NIOSH prepared the Small Business International Travel Resource to help the small business owner anticipate and plan for safe and healthy travel abroad. This resource will help you understand international travel concerns and provide you with resources to address them. You will find essential health and safety information, tools and links to valuable resources.


The Employer Task Timeline and Travel Planner tools will help you and your employee prepare for international work travel. The web resource provides additional information to reference as you complete them. Use the Employer Task Timeline to identify key risks, liability, logistics, and employee communication milestones as you and your employee prepare for international job assignments. Review the Travel Planner with employees scheduled for international work travel to help them manage key risks, liability, logistics and communication milestones that were identified in the Employer Task Timeline.


The Small Business International Travel Resource is organized in three stages: pre-travel, on-travel, and post-travel. Each part provides information specific to job, location, and personal travel needs:

  • JOB assignment planning prepares employees to face unfamiliar rules, customs, and hazards.
  • LOCATION planning prepares employees for changes in geography, climate, and healthcare access.
  • PERSONAL planning prepares employees to meet individual medical, family, and home life needs.

Select a travel stage below to help your employees plan international work travel.

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Page last reviewed: August 28, 2019