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and Warnings

For a complete list of the U.S. Department of State's Alerts and Warnings, see their webpage.

The information found below affects DU Travelers currently registered and abroad in noted locations.

Updated UK Terror Alert September 18, 2017 1:15PM MST TIME

On Friday, September 15, 2017, UK officials raised the terror threat level from 'severe' to 'critical' following the attack on a London Underground train. Prime Minister May noted that the change in the threat level allows for additional support and resources to be made available to the police as they work to keep the public safe and apprehend the perpetrator.

On Sunday, September 17, 2017, the UK Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre lowered the nationwide threat level for international terrorism from 'critical' to 'severe.' With the downgrade, soldiers deployed in public areas as part of Operation Temperer will be withdrawn in the days ahead. 

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Increased UK Terror Alert May 24, 2017 9:50AM MST TIME

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May raised the UK's terror threat level from 'severe' to 'critical' due to a concern that Monday's attack in Manchester may be part of a broader conspiracy. Enterprise Risk Management is continuing to monitor intelligence information and is currently not recommending suspension of any programming to the UK. International SOS and others in the field are opining that travel can proceed to the UK; however, it is all the more important that travelers remain vigilant and to continue to heed the advice found below.  

Prime Minister May noted that the change in the threat level allows for additional support and resources to be made available to the police as they work to keep the public safe. Such resources may include a militarized response; therefore, travelers may notice more military in and around key public venues throughout the country. Threat levels do not require specific responses from the public but are meant to keep the public informed.

The University recommends that travelers continue to heed the advice of local authorities, International SOS, the U.S. Department of State, and on-site contacts. Travelers are encouraged to sign up for International SOS email alerts for the UK. One can register through their website: www.internationalsos.com or download their app using the DU membership ID: 11BSGC000067.  

Below are recommendations noted in the latest Europe Travel Alert:         

  • Remain vigilant, especially in tourist locations, transportation hubs, high-profile events, etc.       
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities. 
  • Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with family and friends, and ensure that they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Have a comprehensive emergency plan of action ready.
  • Register travel in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and any side trips in DU Passport.

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Current Situation on Korean Peninsula May 3, 2017 11:01AM MST TIME

DU has been closely monitoring the on-going situation on the Korean peninsula in regards to the elevated tensions between the U.S./South Korean and North Korean governments. Our current intelligence reports for South Korea indicate that while the elevated tensions will most likely continue in the short term, the threat of direct military action by either side remains relatively low. The security risk assessment rating from our intelligence provider has not changed due to heightened tensions or the recent South Korean political situation. The U.S. Department of State has also not issued any warnings or alerts for South Korea, maintaining only a travel warning for North Korea, which was last updated on February 7th, 2017.

As such, DU will continue programming in the Korea Peninsula and the region. DU is prepared to act quickly should the security situation unexpectedly deteriorate. DU has a robust active emergency and communication plan coordinated by our International Travel Risk Analyst that includes evacuation assistance and security intelligence updates.  

All travelers are encouraged to follow safety guidance from DU and local authorities, enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), and register for International SOS country-specific email notifications using DU's membership #11BSGC000067.

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TSA Security Enhancements March 22, 2017 11:00AM MST TIME

Members travelling to the United States and the United Kingdom on flights from or transiting through the Middle East and North Africa should prepare to comply with new regulations on electronic devices and expect potential delays to pre-departure screening at affected airports. U.S. and British authorities have banned electronic devices above a certain size from carry-on luggage on U.S. and UK-bound flights from certain countries. Additionally, Egyptian authorities have banned electronic devices above a certain size from carry-on luggage on Egyptian-bound flights from the U.S.

The deadline for implementation is March 24, 2017 for the U.S. and Egyptian bans and March 25, 2017 for the UK ban. Given the variety of countries affected, it is unlikely that the ban is a response to a specific threat. The U.S. order specifically affects the following airports:

  • Abu Dhabi International (AUH)
  • Cairo International (CAI)
  • Dubai International (DXB)
  • Hamad International (DOH)
  • Istanbul Ataturk (IST)
  • King Abdulaziz International (JED)
  • King Khalid International (RUH)
  • Kuwait International (KWI)
  • Mohammed V International (CAS)
  • Queen Alia International (AMM)

Monitor the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the UK Department for Transport websites for up-to-date information for changes to regulations. Consult the relevant airport or airline directly for more information on new security screening processes prior to setting out for a US- and UK-bound flight from or transiting through an affected airport. 

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Updated Response to Presidential Executive Order on Immigration March 6, 2017, 3:30PM MST TIME

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States which directs the U.S. Department of State to review current screening procedures while protecting national security. The Executive Order has an effective date of March 16, 2017, allowing ten days for making operational adjustments and implementing its provisions.

The Executive Order involves new immigration procedures and includes a 90-day restriction on citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from applying for visas to travel to the United States. Citizens of these countries with valid U.S. visas, those who already hold legal permanent residence in the U.S. (green card), and dual nationals travelling on a passport from a non-restricted country will not be affected.At this time, U.S. embassies and consulates will continue to process visa applications while applying all appropriate screening measures as they have been. The new Executive Order also bars refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and caps the number of refugees admitted at 50,000 per year.

The U.S. Department of State will keep the public informed about changes affecting travelers to the United States. The U.S. Department of State is working closely with the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to review the Executive Order to ensure that they implement it in accordance with its terms, in an orderly fashion, consistent with any applicable court orders, and without compromising national security.

As the situation is changing rapidly, and we encourage concerned persons to review the U.S. Department of State's webpage, and contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and/or Human Resources with any questions. ISSS has provided a list of additional resources that are available on their website.

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Visa Considerations for Travel to EU Countries March 6, 2017, 3:30PM MST TIME

U.S. citizens traveling to European Union countries are advised that normal travel can continue despite a non-binding resolution passed on March 2, 2017 by members of the European Parliament calling for the reintroduction of visa requirements for US citizens. This issue has been on-going since 2014 when the U.S., along with other countries, were first contacted about the absence of a visa reciprocity policy since visas are currently required for Bulgarian, Romanian, Croatian, Polish and Cypriot nationals, who are not included in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. As a precaution, check visa and entry/exit requirements to avoid any inconvenience.

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RESPONSE TO PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION FEB. 2, 2017, 10:00AM MST TIME

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals." Section 3 of that Order suspends entry into the United States of both nonimmigrants on F, J, H, and other visas and immigrants with permanent residence as well as dual nationals of the seven countries which include: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

The University advises nationals from these countries not to travel outside the U.S. for 90 days. As the situation is changing rapidly, and we encourage concerned persons to contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and/or Human Resources with any questions. ISSS has provided a list of additional resources that are available on their website.

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