Global Risk and Safety Updates

Global Risk & Safety will send a message to the IOC mailing list any time a Safety Update is posted, as well as when there are updates to the Restricted Regions list. This mailing list is a resource for university travelers and travel planners for faculty, staff, and students.

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March 17

Our top priority is to support the health, safety, and security of our students and university community. A dedicated team of university officials and medical experts are continuously monitoring and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and other official sources.  

February 26

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, authorities in several countries have introduced travel restrictions and health screening measures at various airports. These restrictions are currently being applied to travelers arriving either directly or indirectly from China, Iran, Singapore, and South Korea. Some airlines have suspended flights to and from China and Iran. Additionally, there has been a significant increase in cases in South Korea, Italy, and Japan.

February 21

Carnival celebrations, which will include numerous parades and street festivals, are expected to take place across the world this weekend. Due to the presence of large crowds, crime such as mugging and pickpocketing should be anticipated, despite heightened security. Travelers are encouraged to remain vigilant at all times.

February 1

The White House has declared a public health emergency for the U.S. Beginning Feb. 2 at 5pm EST, the U.S. will temporarily suspend entry of foreign nationals who have been in mainland China within the last 14 days, with the exception of permanent residents and immediate family members of U.S. citizens. Any U.S.

January 31

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). WHO convened for the second time on Jan. 30 regarding the coronavirus and distributed recommendations to address the outbreak.

January 21

UPDATE - 1.27.2020

January 16

Due to recent world events, UT Austin would like to remind our travelers of the safety and security resources available to them. 

March 8

Spring break is almost upon us, meaning a dramatic increase in travelers across the globe. While the majority of travelers have safe and enjoyable trips, taking a trip over spring break can sometimes have unforeseen problems. Some of these problems may include: