NIH Personnel Mandatory Personal Security Training for Temporary Duty Travel for 30 Days or More

Training Requirements

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Page last updated: May 17, 2018

To comply with U.S. Department of State security guidelines, NIH personnel who request country clearance at an overseas location to perform extended temporary duty for 30 days or more must complete mandatory personal security training prior to travel.

This requirement applies to all NIH personnel (FTEs and non-FTEs; U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens). Arrangements to comply with the training requirement must be noted in the Notification of Foreign Travel (NFT) (i.e., date(s), course(s) completed or registered). The training will be valid for five years.

In addition, travel to some countries and regions may require additional training to meet State Department requirements.

Training Courses

  • Serving Abroad for Families and Employees (SAFE) Course
    The Department of State's Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in Arlington, Virginia, provides the SAFE course, offered in two modules/courses, detailed below. To register, the FSI requires a completed OPM Standard Form SF-182. NIH's agency location code is 75080031.
    • Security Overseas Seminar - MQ911 - A two-day, on-site classroom course. Tuition is $560 for FY 2018.
    • Introduction to Working in an Embassy - PN113 - Available throughout the year, this online training covers safety and security issues overseas and the structure and mission of the U.S. embassies and consulates. Tuition is $80 for FY 2018.
    • General course and registration information from the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) Security Training.


Questions or concerns on NIH foreign travel? Please contact:

Passport/Visa Office at Fogarty International Center
Phone: (301) 827-5555

Page last updated: May 17, 2018