Below is an outline of the procedures for all holiday breaks and general travel.
You are required to obtain travel approval if any of the following conditions apply:
If any of the above apply to you, you will need approval from ISMO Deputy Director, Jorge Ascunce. If missing class, you must also receive approval from your college dean of students and appropriate instructors. See below for the travel request form, which will automatically be routed to ISMO and your college.
Please submit your leave request and travel details through the IF Travel Request Form.
Additional OCONUS Travel Info
If you are travelling OCONUS, you must complete the request form above and also provide:
OCONUS leave is usually only authorized for emergency or humanitarian reasons (serious family illness, funeral etc.) or during the winter holiday period.
Remote class attendance is not authorized to extend your travel unless due to emergency (border closure, positive COVID test etc.)
Bring your laptop and necessary class materials in case of unforeseen circumstances
If you plan to leave the U.S., please ensure that you and your family have valid, multi-entry U.S. visa(s) and that your visa(s) have not expired. If you leave the U.S. with an expired visa or a single-entry visa, you will not be allowed to re-enter the U.S.
“Leave approval memos" with DOD letterhead can be sent to you on request if your home country requires one.
If you have any questions, please let us know. NDU and ISMO will be minimally staffed during the holiday break period. In case of emergency call 202-368-9245. This number will forward to a designated staff member.