U.S. State Department Travel Resources

The U.S. Department of State offers free reports on the current status of any country.  If natural or political circumstances in a given country are deemed threatening to US citizens, the State Department will issue a travel warning.  Fact sheets for all countries, including current alerts and warnings, can be found at travel.state.gov.

Travel Warnings

IU policy does not allow undergraduate programs to travel to countries on the State Department warning list, unless valid and compelling reasons can be provided along with the completion of a waiver form to ensure the student has considered the risk such a trip presents.  Contact IU's Office of Overseas Study for further details.

All IU travelers, staff, faculty, and students are strongly encouraged to avoid travel to any location currently under a State Department travel warning.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program 

Prior to departure on an international trip, IU travelers are encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  The program provides the latest news and updates regarding your destination, and makes it easier for US consulates and embassies to contact you in the event of a sudden emergency while abroad.