January 16, 2020
Due to recent world events, UT Austin would like to remind our travelers of the safety and security resources available to them.
- Register your travel with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
- Contact International SOS in the event of any small or large-scale emergency by calling 1-215-942-8059. They can find a nearby doctor or hospital, provide you with free counseling sessions over the phone or set you up with an English-speaking counselor in your country, and provide security briefings.
- Join the International Oversight Committee (IOC) listserv for up-to-date Restricted Regions listings and other important safety and security information.
- Visit the Global Risk & Safety webpage for various helpful health and safety resources.
- View the UT Restricted Regions List and related resources.
To receive a free security briefing from International SOS on your destination:
- Call ISOS at 1-215-942-8059, or toll free: 1-800-523-6586.
- Identify yourself as a UT Austin student (Member ID 11BSGC000037).
- Ask to speak to a security expert to discuss travel advice for your destination. Be prepared to take notes.
- Review your travel itinerary, and discuss safety/security guidance and any other travel advice.
When traveling, always:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep a low profile.
- Stay alert in public places such as schools, hospitals, government facilities, places of worship, tourist locations, and transportation hubs.
- Review and alter travel routes and times to reduce time and avoid predictability.
- Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
- Exercise caution when walking or driving at night.
- Travel with a buddy whenever possible, or let someone know of your plans.
- Carry proper identification.
- Review your personal security plans.
- Monitor local media and nearby U.S. Embassy for updates.
- Review the U.S. Department of State Worldwide Caution