Prior to travel, please refer to the Department of State’s Travel Advisory webpage for an overview of each country’s Travel Advisory level, risk indicators, and alert information from embassies and consulates regarding specific events. MSU will not approve University travel to a Level 4 country or region. Countries and regions within countries designated as Level 3 are considered elevated-risk regions. Travel to Level 3 areas is discouraged and requires additional approval.
Know the emergency number of the country or area you are traveling to. Keep in mind the police, ambulance, and fire numbers may not be the same. You can find this information in the Safety and Security section of the Country Information page.
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) – U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll for free in STEP to receive travel and security updates about your destination. In addition, registering through STEP is a way for the Department of State to reach you and provide assistance in case of emergency. Smart Traveler is the official State Department app for U.S. travelers. By downloading the app you will have access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more. You may also consider following TravelGov on Twitter and Facebook for travel related updates from the State Department.
The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) is an additional resource which provides safety and security information to American private/non-profit companies. Mississippi State is a current OSAC Constituent, and any employee can register as a Constituent User to gain full access to all OSAC content and services.
To mitigate risk when traveling, keep a low profile and avoid attracting attention to yourself. Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Take the time to learn about the country or region to be visited and what is or is not allowed legally and culturally.