ITAR exemption for personal crypto use
[23 February 1996]
U.S. citizens who want to take crypto products abroad with them on
trips may now find it a little easier than before.
The State Department has amended the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR)
regulations to ease the burden on U.S. citizens
desiring to export cryptographic products temporarily for personal use, excluding
use for copying, demonstration, sale, re-export, or transfer of ownership
or control. The traveler is required to keep the product secure by
"locking the product in a hotel room, safe, or other comparably secure
location; and, while in transit, the exporter keeps the product in
his/her carry-on luggage or locked in baggage accompanying the exporter
which has been checked with the carrier." The policy does not apply to
travel to Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan or Syria, and it
requires that the traveler maintain records of the export and subsequent
re-import for five years. Full text.