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Stay safe during foreign travel

In light of recent overseas protests, UGA’s Office of International Education and the Association of International Educators offer the following travel safety tips:

• All international travelers should register with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (

• Monitor State Department travel warnings ( and travel alerts,

• Avoid all demonstrations.

• Avoid traveling near U.S. embassies/consulates or places of worship.

• Avoid businesses frequented by foreign nationals and Western-affiliated companies or restaurants (particularly fast-food restaurants).

• Do not go out alone, and let someone know where you will be going and when you expect to return.

• Carry photographic identification and a charged mobile phone at all times.

• Remain alert to the possibility of road blockage.

• Maintain situational awareness and know escape routes in case of emergency situations.

• Keep updated by following media reports.

• If confronted by members of the military or law enforcement, request identification, but show deference and respect.

• Be mindful of sharing personal details, such one’s name and address, with strangers (unless they are members of the military or law enforcement).

• Sign up for and follow partner/host institution, provider or home campus emergency message system.

• Have emergency cash supplies (just in case ATM machines go down).

• Adhere to any curfews imposed and follow any other emergency orders given.