Know Your Destination
High Risk Countries
ASU may restrict travel to countries or regions designated as a Travel Warning Area by the U.S. Department of State. Travel requests to Travel Warning Areas will need to be reviewed and approved by the International Travel Advisory Committee.
Identifying Safety, Security, & Health Concerns
Before you commit to going to a particular country, research that country to understand the conditions. Some countries have well known health, safety, and security concerns while other countries may surprise you or may have rapidly changing conditions. The Department of State's Country Information page is a good place to start when researching a country. For each country listed, you can view a destination description and information on embassies and consulates, safety and security, local laws and special circumstances, health, and travel and transportation.
Safety & Security Information
The Department of State’s Travel Alerts and Warnings page provides a list of countries with an elevated safety and security risk. If the country to which you are traveling is on this list, determine precautions you need to take before traveling there. In some cases, it may be best to delay or cancel your trip.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Travel Health Notices page highlights health concerns about a particular country. Triggers for a health notice include "disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health." There are three levels of travel notices:
Sources of Information
While U.S. federal agencies are a great source of reliable travel information, they may not always provide the depth of information you require. Leverage other sources of information, including: