Safety Information for International Travelers

If you are currently abroad or planning to travel abroad in the near future, please take a moment to read through the worldwide travel alert, which was released by the U.S. Department of State following recent terrorism events in different parts of the world, including Paris, France. This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016; however, you should remain aware of any changes between now and that expiration date, and understand that new information may be posted at any time that replaces this alert and expiration date.

The Worldwide Alert does not indicate that Americans should delay or suspend travel, but it does emphasize that travelers should take specific precautions and factor in the current regional climate of their destination when planning travel. The following travel recommendations are generally relevant for all travelers, but especially important for travelers in areas recently affected by terror attacks:

  1. Follow news reports and the advice of your local contacts to remain up-to-date on the security situation in areas you live or plan to visit. The U.S. Embassy sites can provide information.
  2. Make sure you are registered with STEP, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, using your current contact information. This is a U.S. State Department program that is designed to inform and assist American travelers during emergencies.
  3. Maintain a heightened sense of situational awareness and be prepared for heavy security and delays. Choose secure transportation options, carry identification and insurance information at all times and leave the area and inform authorities if something seems wrong.
  4. Avoid areas with current police activity or travel restrictions, as well as “soft targets” listed in current warnings such as large sporting events, theaters, markets or other crowded venues.
  5. Keep a low profile when in public and avoid clothing or behaviors that would readily identify you as American.
  6. If you travel, make sure to inform your loved ones where you will be and when you plan to return. If an event happens in an area near you, check in with loved ones and CSU immediately so your safety is accounted for.
  7. Make sure your travel registration with CSU Education Abroad is up to date, including your emergency contacts.
  8. Know your emergency resources in the country or countries you are visiting, and through CSU Education Abroad.
  9. Carry your passport when traveling, even within the Schengen States (within Europe).  Increased security measures are in place and you may be asked for your original passport, especially when crossing borders.

Student safety is of utmost importance to CSU, and we hope that you will take these recommendations seriously as you travel abroad. There is no indication that any education abroad programs are in any specific danger beyond the general warning and CSU is not recommending the cancellation of any Fall 2015, Winter Break 2016 or Spring 2016 education abroad programs at this time. CSU will continue to monitor the safety and security situation in the region and will communicate any changes to this plan if necessary.

For travelers who would like more information, CSU’s Education Abroad team is available to discuss travel, safety and security topics.  For more information, visit the Education Abroad website or contact your program coordinator.