How do I make purchases while traveling?
Departments, Laboratories, and Centers (DLCs) may have specific policies/procedures governing the use of MIT Travel Cards and/or use of per diem expense. Please check with your individual DLC.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or equivalents. Not only is it a safety risk, you may be required to declare large sums to the Customs of the country. Noncompliance may result in confiscation.
To obtain more information about a specific country’s declaration requirements, contact its embassy in the U.S. or review the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website for a general summary of customs and tax information.
Review our Payments & procurement abroad page for more information on how to make purchases in other countries.