These resources guide travelers in researching safety and security conditions at their destinations, developing risk mitigation strategies for personal well-being, and safeguarding data and electronic devices.
U-M’s Travel Health Plan and Safety Plan process is designed to help international travelers identify health and safety risks and develop appropriate mitigation strategies. Plans should be submitted for review at least three weeks before departure, and ideally before making non-refundable purchases towards a trip in the event travel is not approved or must be postponed.
Note: Students who are on “Group Travel Abroad” do not need to register their own travel or complete an individual safety plan/travel health plan since their sponsoring U-M department or the program leader will complete a Group Safety Plan on the student participants’ behalf. See Group Travel Requirements for details.
Government Safety Resources
OSAC: The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides Country Security Reports, daily news, and U.S. consulate alerts and warnings. Visit OSAC to download the Country Security Reports for your destination/s.
Smart Traveler Enrollment: Enrollment with STEP will enable U.S. citizens to receive information from the Embassy regarding new or updated State Department Travel Warnings and Alerts, as well as security and informational messages. In addition, the Embassy can reach out to travelers in the event of an emergency in-country and facilitate communication with the traveler should their family need to reach them in an emergency. Travelers who are not U.S. citizens should enroll in their country’s STEP equivalent.
Students Abroad – U.S. Department of State: A user-friendly tool that consolidates multiple U.S. Department of State resources to assist travelers in learning about proper visas, Travel Warnings, recent embassy messages, important contact information, general safety, and security advice.