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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

The U.S. Department of State recently implemented a new travel advisory system in which every country is issued a risk level from one to four. These new travel advisories replace the previous system of alerts and warnings.

To minimize health, safety and security risks, students planning to study in and university divisions sponsoring educational activities in countries or regions with a Department of State travel advisory at level three (reconsider travel) or level four (do not travel) must request approval from the university's Student Travel Abroad Review Committee.

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 two), 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 three), all non-essential travel to the destination should be avoided because there is a high risk to all travelers.

To minimize health risks, students planning to study in and university divisions sponsoring educational activities in countries with a CDC travel warning (level three) must request approval from the university's Student Travel Abroad Review Committee.


Current travel alerts

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

Worldwide Caution (July 2, 2018)

Note: A version of this message was emailed to MU students abroad.

Dear MU students:

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 provide general security information, as well as specific instructions regarding how to prepare for possible incidents, receive real time information about on-going events and remain in contact with the State Department in event of an emergency. These also serve as a reminder to continue to be aware of your surroundings at all times and to continue to stay up-to-date about developing current events and safety and security issues.

Reminder: The University of Missouri requires that you register any additional side trips you choose to take before, during or after your program — including personal travel. The university uses this information to quickly locate students in case of emergency. To register travel, select the "add a side trip" button in the itinerary panel of your myStudyAbroad application. Internet access is not always available when traveling, so register your planned travel in advance whenever possible.

In the event of an emergency, for immediate help, first contact local emergency services in your location. After doing so, and when you are safe, contact the MU 24/7 emergency assistance line by calling the MU Police Department at +1 573-882-7201, and they will contact an appropriate MU staff member to assist you.

CDC Alert Level 2: Yellow fever in Brazil (March 15, 2018)

The Center for Disease Control has issued a travel alert for the large, ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in multiple states in Brazil. Travelers to Brazil should protect themselves from yellow fever by getting the vaccine at least 10 days before travel and preventing mosquito bites.