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Travel alerts and warnings

The International Center continually monitors worldwide travel precautions and communicates relevant alerts and related information to current and future MU study abroad participants.

U.S. Department of State

Worldwide Caution

The U.S. Department of State regularly updates its ongoing Worldwide Caution notice to include new security information. This serves as a reminder for U.S. citizens to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to update themselves regarding recent security information.

Travel Warnings

A Travel Warning is the U.S. Department of State's highest level of caution and asks U.S. citizens to consider very carefully whether they should travel to a particular country at all. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Warning might include unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks. Travel Warnings remain in place until the situation changes; some have been in effect for years. Travel Warnings trigger a related MU study abroad policy.

Travel Alerts

The Department of State issues Travel Alerts for short-term events that U.S. citizens need to be aware of when planning to travel internationally. For example, an alert may be issued during an election season that is likely to result in strikes, demonstrations or disturbances; during a health event such as an outbreak of H1N1; or in the event of evidence of an elevated risk of terrorist attacks. When these short-term events are over, the alert expires.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC's travel notices are designed to inform travelers about current health issues related to specific destinations. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters or other conditions that may affect travelers' health. For travel alerts (level 2), travelers should follow the recommended enhanced precautions for the destination. Travel alerts are generally issued when there is an increased risk in defined settings or associated with specific risk factors; certain high-risk populations may wish to delay travel to these destinations. For travel warnings (level 3), all non-essential travel to the destination should be avoided because there is a high risk to all travelers.


Current travel alerts

Below are current alerts and warnings for countries with an active MU program.

Travel warning: Jordan (July 20, 2017)

Per MU policy, study abroad to this country must be approved by MU's Student Travel Abroad Review committee.

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to consider the risks of travel to and throughout Jordan due to persistent terrorist threats. Read the full travel warning for Jordan.

Travel alert: Hurricane and typhoon season (June 5, 2017)

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the 2017 hurricane and typhoon seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. This Travel Alert expires Dec. 1, 2017. Read the full travel alert for hurricane and typhoon season.

Travel alert: Europe (May 1, 2017)

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. This Travel Alert expires Sept. 1, 2017. Read the full travel alert for Europe.

Travel warning: Israel, West Bank and Gaza (April 11, 2017)

Per MU policy, study abroad to this country must be approved by MU's Student Travel Abroad Review committee.

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to the Gaza Strip and urges those present to depart. Read the full travel warning.

Worldwide Caution (March 6, 2017)

Note: A version of this message was emailed to MU study abroad students March 7, 2017.

Dear MU study abroad participants:

In accordance with our policy, we are sending you the most recent U.S. Department of State Worldwide Caution. The Department of State issues Worldwide Cautions to include new security information. These serve as a reminder to continue to be aware of your surroundings at all times and to update yourself regarding recent security information. The full text is pasted below in case you have difficulty accessing the website.

In addition to reading the Worldwide Caution, we encourage you to read the Department of State country-specific information for the country where you are studying and all countries where you plan to travel. The State Department websites contains all types of advisories, whether consular information sheets, public announcements or travel warnings. Please note that the term "caution" (as in this Worldwide Caution) should not be confused with a "warning," which is the State Department's strongest category of advisory.

If you have not already done so, make sure to register with the U.S. Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. When you sign up, the U.S. Department of State will automatically send you the most current information they have compiled for the country where you will be living or traveling, and they will know how to contact you in the unlikely event of an emergency.

In the unlikely event of an emergency, we can be reached after hours, on weekends or during official university holidays by calling the MU Police Department at +1 573-882-7201.

CDC Alert Level 2: Zika Virus (February 2017)

The Center for Disease Control has issued numerous travel alerts related to the Zika virus outbreak. A CDC level 2 alert advises travelers to follow enhanced precautions. Certain high-risk populations may wish to delay travel to these destinations. Information about the Zika virus is also available on the MU Student Health Center website.