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Summer Travel Safety

As you prepare to embark on summer travel, the Office of International Health and Safety (OIHS) would like to take this opportunity to encourage all travellers to take appropriate travel safety precautions while abroad. OIHS also reminds travellers that we are your partner in international travel safety and work to support health, safety, and security by:

Anyone travelling internationally should be aware that the US Department of State has recently issued the following security alert through its messaging system:

The U.S. government remains concerned that terrorists are intent on targeting U.S. citizens, including children. Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics, such as violent assaults and kidnappings. In the past, they have used knives, guns, and vehicles as ramming devices. They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation hubs, and other public venues.

In light of message and other travel risks OIHS encourages you to follow travel safety precautions:

  • Review the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Safety website, including their travel advisories, country information sheets, advise for travellers with special considerations etc.
  • Register with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security alerts. 
  • 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.
  • Diligently monitor local media for the latest news and follow the advice of local authorities should an incident occur.
  • Crime, especially petty theft, if one of the most common safety concerns for travellers. 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.
  • Review travel routes and times to reduce time and place predictability. 
  • Keep a low profile; be aware of your surroundings; review your personal security plans.
  • Report social media threats to local authorities. 

As you begin or continue your travels, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office if you have any questions or concerns.

Wishing you safe and successful summer travel, 

Office of International Health and Safety
Michigan State University
International Studies and Programs
427 N Shaw Lane, Room 308 
Email: oihs(at)
Tel.: +1-517-884-2174 
24/7 International Emergency Assistance Tel: +1-517-353 3784