International travelers advised to be alert and stay connected in wake of recent counter-terrorism activity
Following recent developments in counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan, the U.S. Department of State has issued a worldwide travel alert to United States citizens traveling overseas.
The U-M International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) is broadcasting this news to every member of the university community who is registered with the U-M’s Travel Registry.
Noting that university-affiliated programs largely are in locations where reprisals are unlikely, “We are proceeding with all of our programs as planned, while letting every participant know to be cautious in the ways that the State Department has advised,” says A.T. Miller, faculty director of the Center for Global and Intercultural Study.
The Travel Registry is an open resource available to all U-M faculty, students, and staff who are undertaking both personal and business- or school-related travel.
The university’s Global Michigan website provides U-M travel alerts, a direct link to the Travel Registry, and access to nominally priced international health insurance.
In the event of a problem, the Travel Registry helps the university communicate with registry participants, provide them with current information and updates, and arrange assistance, as needed and possible. During recent occurrences in Japan, New Zealand, Syria, and Egypt, the Travel Registry has helped the university provide tangible assistance to several U-M faculty, students, and staff.
In addition to participating in the U-M Travel Registry, “U.S. citizens overseas are strongly urged to register with the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program,” says John Godfrey, ITOC Chair and Assistant Dean of International Education at the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.