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Travel Alerts

April 23, 2018 - Ohio State has been monitoring this weekend’s protests in Nicaragua. Ohio State has no known student travelers with current itineraries in Nicaragua. Currently, no firm decisions have been made concerning upcoming summer programming in Nicaragua. Although there are no reports of U.S. citizens being directly impacted by the violence, the U.S. Department of State did issue a series of security messages and elevated their advice for Nicaragua from a Level 2 to Level 3 Travel Advisory. While this change does not automatically lead to changes or curtailment in travel, it does prompt active and deliberate review of the travel. Ohio State remains in active communication with the Overseas Security Advisory Council (U.S. Department of State), Drum Cussac (the provider of our security coverage) and contacts on the ground in Nicaragua concerning the impact of the protests on locations where Ohio State programming is planned to occur.

We are in communication with the faculty and staff program leaders and those students planning to travel concerning the review of travel. We will continue to monitor the situation through professional resources, local contacts and local media to determine if changes to programming or curtailment of travel is prudent.

December 5, 2017 - The U.S. Department of State has updated the current Europe Travel Alert to include advice concerning holiday festivals and events. Alerts are issued for short-term events that the U.S. Department of State believes travelers should be aware of when planning to visit a specific country or region of the world. In this most recent alert, the Department of State has not advised individuals to defer travel, but the alert advises travelers to exercise caution and monitor security information for the country or countries of their travels. An alert contrasts with a "warning," which is also issued by the U.S. Department of State, and signals that travelers should consider very carefully whether or not they should travel at all to a specific country. More information on Ohio State’s protocol for U.S. Department of State alerts and warnings can be found on the Office of International Affairs traveler security page.

In light of the holiday season, the current alert notes that holiday festivals and events may present additional focus for terrorist activity. During the month of December it is not uncommon for many European cities to have open-air Christmas markets and holiday festivals in streets and plazas. Travelers should exercise increased situational awareness if visiting or traveling near these areas, as well as review steps that travelers in Europe can take to help them maintain situational awareness and bolster their personal security preparedness.

Ohio State is sending information concerning the alert and additional safety planning guidelines to all students currently studying in or departing for winter break programs in Europe. Ohio State will continue to monitor information from the U.S. Department of State, the Overseas Security Advisory Council, foreign security agencies, the university's insurance providers and contacts on the ground to keep travelers notified and make potential determinations on any necessary itinerary adjustments. If there are any additional questions, please feel free to contact Dru Simmons, international risk manager, at simmons.541@osu.edu.