Global Risk and Safety Updates

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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:

February 5

Carnival is a festive season that occurs in various countries and regions across the world before the season of Lent. It traditionally takes place during February or early March and involves public events and celebrations such as parades, street parties, and other forms of entertainment.

January 17

Terrorist attacks, political violence (such as demonstrations), criminal activities, and other security incidents can take place abroad at any time without warning. The U.S. Department of State strongly encourages travelers to always maintain a high level of vigilance and have good situational awareness whenever traveling abroad. Always consult the U.S.

December 5

As the holiday season approaches, security measures in many countries throughout the world, particularly in Europe, have heightened due to potential threats from multinational terrorist organizations and individuals. These terrorist threats often focus on common tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation centers, and other places frequented by Westerners.

September 21

From September 22 to October 7, 2018, the 185th annual Oktoberfest will take place in Bavaria, Germany. It is predicted that 7.2 million people will visit the world’s largest folk festival this year, with September 29 and October 6 projected to be the busiest days. Though there are not yet any specific, credible threats, security at the festival has increased in recent years due to non-specific terrorism-related concerns to keep attendees as safe as possible.

September 14

Super Typhoon Mangkhut is currently forecasted to impact Hong Kong on Sunday, September 16. Projections show the storm passing within 62 miles of the city. Mangkhut has winds of 160 mph, and brings with it the potential for widespread flooding and landslides.