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Drones in the Field


The Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety provides system-wide expertise, support and training for regulatory compliance, risk management and the safe operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly known as drones. Prior approval and post-flight reporting are required. The UC Drone Web App (sign in using your UCSB credentials and select the Drone symbol) provides a portal for managing flight requests and reporting for UC students, staff and faculty. User guide is available.


UC Drones Safety


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Export Control

International Field Work and Consulting may be subject to export controls. Export control regulations cover shipment of controlled physical items, such as scientific equipment and transfers of controlled information, including technical data.

The UCSB Export Control Officer reviews and documents the export of commodities and technology, including Garmin InReach SE and mini satellite communication devices.

If you are traveling out of the USA, the Export Control Officer needs to document the number of devices, destinations, transportation method (shipping versus hand-carrying), scope of use, and whether the devices will be used for any military applications. Plan for one week for review by the Export Control Officer. 

If you are traveling to Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, and parts of the Ukraine, you will need an export license and additional lead time to secure this. 

Contact the UCSB Export Control Officer at


Export Control


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International Travel


CDC Travelers’ Health: Vaccines, medicines, advice
World Hospitals directory: Find a nearby hospital
US Department of State: For travel abroad
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program