Travel Warnings

Iowa State University recognizes that travel outside of the U.S. is often an integral part of the work of the faculty, staff, and graduate students of the University. Judgment regarding risks associated with international travel is left to each traveler. However, Iowa State University advises that before traveling outside of the U.S. each traveler consult the U.S. Department of State international travel information. Departments should inform all individuals performing duties on behalf of the university (such as employees, volunteers, interns, students, etc.) that they are under no obligation to undertake any international travel that conflicts with U.S. Department of State advice. Additional university policies apply to undergraduate travel. Undergraduate travel to international locations under State Department warnings or alerts is strongly discouraged and is not allowed except in unusual circumstances. U.S. Department of State International Travel Information »


Travel warnings: Travel warnings are issued when the State Department decides, based on all relevant information, to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country. Countries where avoidance of travel is recommended will have travel warnings as well as country-specific information. You may also want to review specific country background notes.

Travel alerts: Travel alerts are a means to disseminate information about terrorist threats and other relatively short-term and/or trans-national conditions posing significant risks to the security of American travelers. Travel alerts are made when there is a specific threat that cannot be countered. In the past, travel alerts have been issued to deal with short-term coups, violence by terrorists, and anniversary dates of specific terrorist events.

Country-specific information: Country-specific information is available for every country of the world. It includes such information as location of the U.S. embassy or consulate in the subject country, unusual immigration practices, health conditions, minor political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties. If an unstable condition exists in a country that is not severe enough to warrant a travel warning, a description of the condition(s) may be included under an optional section entitled “Safety/Security.” On limited occasions, we also restate in this section any U.S. embassy advice given to official employees. Country-specific information generally does not include advice, but presents information in a factual manner so the traveler can make his or her own decisions concerning travel to a particular country.

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    CHS International Programs
    131 MacKay Hall
    2302 Osborn Drive
    Ames, IA 50011-1078