All travelers MUST use a U.S. air carrier or an air carrier with a code share with a U.S. carrier. If none exists, please review the regulations regarding foreign air carriers below and complete and submit the Certificate of Non-availability.
If you are requesting reimbursement in a currency other than USD, please complete the Wire Transfer form and submit it with your reimbursement request.
Under the Fly America Act published in Federal Travel Regulation §301-10.13 by the General Services Administration (GSA), only U.S. air carriers shall be used for all travel reimbursed from federal grants and contracts, including NIH grants. However, there are exceptions to using only U.S. air carrier services under the Fly America Act, depending on the scenarios shown below:
“Open Skies Agreements” are bilateral or multilateral air transportation agreements to which the U.S. and the government of a foreign country are parties. Under the Open Skies Agreements, the U.S. government entered into several air transport agreements that allow federally funded transportation services for travel and cargo movements to use foreign air carriers under certain circumstances. The Department of State’s website contains a list of countries the U.S. government has Open Skies Agreements with, including policy information contained in the various Open Skies Agreements. Transportation is allowed between a point in the United States and any point in a member state or between two points outside the U.S. subject to certain restrictions.