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Announcement: Security Update: Worldwide Caution

The U.S. State Dept. has issued an updated Worldwide Alert.

The United States State Department has issued an updated Worldwide Caution in response to recent heightened terrorist activity.

The State Department is encouraging all travelers to exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation due to continuing threat of terrorist action and violence around the world.  There is no request to defer travel.  Cornell University is continuing to approve international travel for academic and business purposes. Spring 2016 programs are scheduled to run.   All travelers are advised to read the Worldwide Caution and the Country-Specific Information pages and Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts on travel.state.gov before planning a trip.

In addition, we offer the following suggestions in line from a variety of travel safety advisors and experts: 
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities.  Monitor official media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.  
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions from local authorities.  Carry ID with you.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Register in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
  • In addition, please let Cornell program directors and your program providers coordinators know when you travel outside your areas. 
  • Establish a strong communication plan and protocol.  Let others know where you are going and when you will return.  Carry key contact information with you at all times (see some suggestions below).   Know your program director’s contact information and that of other local leaders/members.
  • Know where the best medical facilities are located nearest to you, even if you travel to other destinations.  You can find this information by filing a case with UHC Global.
  • Design a “safe haven” and “shelter in place” plan.  This means, identify several locations in areas you frequently visit where you could go for safe harbor in the event of an incident. 
  • Make sure to keep your cell phone fully charged, carry some small amounts of food and water with you, and have enough food and water in your residence to last several days. Travel with your cell phone charger.
  • Be vigilant.  Do no give out any personal information to anyone you do not know, especially do not post personal details on social media.
  • Report anything or person that seems suspicious to local authorities. 
Students with concerns about their program should contact the unit to discuss their options.