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Question:   Important Info on Foreign Research Clearances
Answer:   The foreign clearance request process can be tricky and take a lot of time and effort. It is important to work closely with the operating institution during the process. The procedures and forms for submitting a Marine Science Research (MSR) Clearance can be found on the US State Department website. Additionally, the UNOLS Logistics Working Group has put together guidance documents to help to outline the issues, responsibilities and key topics to consider when planning these complicated cruises. The UNOLS White Paper on Proposing, Planning, and Executing Logistics involved in Oceanographic Field Operations in Foreign Waters and Ports along with its Appendix 1-Detailed Recommendations and Considerations for Working in Foreign Ports and Obtaining Marine Science Research Clearances are must-reads for anyone planning to apply for a MSR clearance.