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NDU Update 6/10

Dear International Fellows,

***Updated*** Authorized Dependents

The Defense Security & Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has allowed NDU and other senior level schoolhouses to authorize dependents ONLY if one of the two following conditions are met:

  1. Your government covers all healthcare related expenses for healthcare, either through your embassy or through country purchased health insurance. This must CLEARLY be indicated on the ITO.
  2. Private insurance coverage for all dependents that meets normal DSCA minimum requirements and includes COVID-19 or pandemic coverage. (Please see attached how-to memo)
  3. Must include a Letter of Indemnification from your country, in which they agree to cover any COVID-19 related medical expenses if private insurance coverage lapses or is cancelled. SCOs must indicate indemnification on the ITO.

Reporting and Restriction of Movement (No Change. Please review.)

PLEASE NOTE: You should not begin coordinating your travel or movement of household goods until you receive confirmation your in-country SCO.

Regardless of the CDC Travel Health Notice level of any given country, all IMS are expected to arrive in the United States by NLT Saturday, 11 July. IMS will be required to follow a strict 14-day restriction of movement/self-quarantine policy. Below are the policy’s requirements and implications.  Be aware that part of the onboarding process, as well as classes, will be conducted online during the quarantine period.

Arrival Requirements

  • Virtual on-boarding and online coursework begins on 13 July.  In order to participate, you MUST:
    • Complete JKO Cyber Awareness training for ISMO to complete your account creation NOT LATER THAN 30 June. ISMO will send instructions for how to do so in our regular email communications.
    • Have access to Wi-Fi upon your arrival. (If you OPTED-IN to the housing program, it will already be set up on arrival.)
    • Possess a personal laptop or tablet upon arrival to the United States (minimum requirements here:
  • Transportation from port of entry to your lodging is your responsibility.  Costs are reimbursable for those in USG housing and commercial cars/taxis are widely available. (If you OPTED-IN to the housing program, a representative from Suite Solutions will greet you at the airport and help you secure a taxi to your apartment.)
  • Immediately notify ISMO upon arrival by calling or emailing your Primary POC (Ms. Lizzy McCahon, Mrs. Madeline Fedoris, or Ms. Laura Garvie.)  By 11 July, you will need to have a cellular plan or prepaid phone to conduct routine communications with our office and your colleges.

Quarantine Requirements

  • Remain isolated in your residence and leave only for essential requirements (e.g., groceries, exercise)
    • If you are uncertain whether a requirement is “essential” or not, please reach out to your Primary POC.
  • Wear a mask any time you leave the house
  • We encourage you to bring mask(s) prior to departure
  • Maintain six feet (1.8 meters) of distance any time you are in public

We will confirm with you on 26 July that you are not exhibiting symptoms, and then allow you to begin the Preparatory Course on 27 July. 


All updates from our office are available at the ISMO website:


We at ISMO, and the entire NDU family, wish you and your loved ones continued good health.


Kind regards,


Your Friendly ISMO Team