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Holiday Travel Safety Message

Published: Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016
Author: Maureen Handrahan
Department: Office of International Health and Safety

Dear MSU International Travelers,

Recent violent events in Jordan, Turkey, Switzerland and Germany are an unfortunate reminder of the importance of travel safety, particularly during the holiday season. The Office of International Health and Safety (OIHS) has confirmed the safety and well-being of all Spartans with registered travel in the affected areas.

We urge all travelers to heed the following travel safety precautions while traveling this holiday season:

  • Review the U.S. Department of State's Europe Travel Alert. Although specific to travel in Europe, the safety precautions outlined apply to travel elsewhere so all travelers are encouraged to review the information.
  • Program the MSU 24/7 International Emergency Assistance Line at +1-517-353-3784 into your cell phone and contact us if you require assistance.
  • Register with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security alerts.
  • Diligently monitor local media for the latest news and follow the advice of local authorities should an incident occur.
  • Crime has a tendency to increase during the holidays so be mindful of pickpockets during your travels.
  • Exercise vigilance when in public places, crowded locations, and when using mass transportation. Keep your eyes and ears open. If you see suspicious activity, leave the area immediately.

The safety and security of all MSU travelers is our top priority, and MSU is prepared to respond to incidents abroad. Some of the ways OIHS supports safe international travel include: established emergency procedures and protocols; pre-departure orientation for study abroad participants; Critical Incident Management Training for study abroad program directors; medical and evacuation insurance; coordinating with the Office of Study Abroad; the Risk and Security Assessment Committee; our security information providers; the U.S. State Department Overseas Security Advisory Council; and, staffing MSU's 24/7 International Emergency Assistance Line.

As you begin or continue your travels, do not hesitate to reach out to OIHS if you have any concerns. We are here to answer your questions and offer support.

Best wishes and happy holidays,

Christopher C. Daniel, MA, CEM
Director, International Health and Safety
International Studies and Programs
International Center
427 N Shaw Lane, 308
Michigan State University

E-mail: danielc7(at)
Office Tel: +1 (517) 884-9418