Your elective may involve travel to a country that has a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Travel Alert.
Travel Warnings are issued by the U.S. State Department to advise very careful consideration of whether you should go to a 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. We want you to know the risks of traveling to these places and to strongly consider not going to them at all. Travel Warnings remain in place until the situation changes; some have been in effect for years. If you are going to a country with a current Travel Warning you will be required to complete the additional paperwork in the files below.
Travel Alerts are issues by the U.S. State Department for short-term events you should know about when planning travel to a country. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Alert might include an election season that is bound to have many strikes, demonstrations, or disturbances; a health alert like an outbreak of H1N1; or evidence of an elevated risk of terrorist attacks. When these short-term events are over, the Travel Alert is cancelled. On your application, please indicate if you are traveling to a country with a Travel Alert, although you do not need to complete any additional paperwork.
To find out if your elective is in a country with a Travel Warning or Travel Alert please see the U.S. State Department website at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html.
In addition to the Attestation, Travel Policy with Safety Plan, and Request for Exception contained in the files below, please also see the Sample Emergency Evacuation Protocol to use as you develop your safety plan. This will be helpful to you in answering question 7 of the Request for Exception for State Department Warning Travel Form: How will the safety of the student/resident be monitored and what is the process for establishing whether evacuation is needed and for potential evacuation of the student/resident, if necessary?