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DOMESTIC TRAVEL AUTHORIZATIONS: MSU’s sponsored domestic travel authorization process has returned to the process used pre-pandemic.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AUTHORIZATIONS: Faculty, staff and guest international travel must be registered in the Global Travel Registry and, as applicable, submitted as a Concur Request. All requests to elevated or extreme risk destinations require review. Student travel (non-Education Abroad) requires a COVID-19 international travel waiver request.

More travel guidance can be found on the Global Health, Safety and Security website. We encourage all travelers to stay informed about health and safety conditions at their destinations, policies on border closings, quarantine on arrival, and airline policies.

Welcome to Michigan State University’s Travel Website

Please refer to the COVID-19 tab for the latest information on travel cancellation guidelines and resources from our travel partners.

Travel@State provides faculty, staff, students, and guests with resources and information related to traveling on behalf of the University.

MSU has negotiated contracts with multiple airlines, car agencies, and major hotel chains. Booking travel through one of our preferred agencies also gives faculty and staff the ability to direct bill airfare and rail to their department/unit. For more information on booking through Travel@State, please refer to the Preferred Agencies page and the Preferred Travel Agencies Benefits guide.

The Travel Office has suspended all in-person service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact the Travel Office by phone - (517) 355-5000 or email - for assistance.

What is Concur?

Concur is MSU’s travel and expense system that streamlines the travel process for MSU faculty and staff.

What Concur can do:

  • Calculate per diems, currency conversions, and mileage
  • Book travel and link itineraries through the mobile app
  • Add a receipt to your Expense Report just by taking a picture
  • Allows travelers to separate business and personal expenses
  • Quicker reimbursements
  • Real time business intelligence on travelers and costs
  • If an event has occurred, locate our travelers and open a line of communication
  • Create cash advances and encumbrances during the pre-trip process
  • Automated auditing

Have questions? Learn more by visiting our Reference Library or by contacting the Travel@State team at

Need Help with Reimbursement?

Visit the Reimbursement Chart for information on reimbursable expenses and receipt requirements.

Please refer to the Travel Policies & Procedures to ensure compliance with Michigan State University regulations.

Reference Guides

The Travel@State team has created a list of helpful resources to guide you through each step of the travel process. Both PDF and video resources can be found in the Reference Library.

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Additional Resources