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Travel Alerts

September 15, 2017 - On September 14, 2017 the Department of State issued a renewal of the standing Worldwide Caution, replacing the previous caution from March 6, 2017. As with all Department of State warnings and alerts, the caution is reviewed and renewed approximately every six months. The context of the Worldwide Caution provides an overview of concerns for threats of terrorist actions, political violence and criminal activity agains U.S. citizens and interests abroad.

The content of the new caution links to every country with a Travel Warning at the point the caution was issued. The caution is broad based and does not identify specific threats. You can view the entire caution at travel.state.gov. We encourage all Ohio State travelers to review and be aware of the content for the region to which they are traveling.

For additional information about the Department of State cautions, alerts and warnings please consult our Traveler Security page. You can also view security and safety information on the country information sheet for your current location by using the Learn About Your Destination feature. If there are any additional questions, please contact Dru Simmons, international risk manager, at simmons.541@osu.edu.

September 1, 2017 - The U.S. Department of State has issued an updated Travel Alert for Europe. 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 our traveler security page.

The current alert is a continuation of a previously issued alert providing guidance that travelers in Europe can heed to help them maintain their awareness and bolster their personal security preparedness. They mirror many of the suggestions Ohio State recommends for maintaining situational awareness on our travel security page. At this time there are no plans to cancel or suspend Ohio State study abroad programs in Europe. Ohio State is sending information concerning the alert and additional safety planning guidelines to all students currently studying in or departing for 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.