Risk and Safety Updates

Global Risk and Safety will send a message to the IOC mailing list any time a Safety Update is posted, as well as when there are updates to the Restricted Regions list. This mailing list is a resource for university travelers and travel planners for faculty, staff, and students.

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August 15

As noted in previous safety updates, there is currently a worldwide yellow fever vaccine shortage, including a total depletion of stock within the United States.

July 27

Johannesburg Airport

The U.S. Mission to South Africa is advising U.S. citizens to exercise caution when arranging ground transportation from the Johannesburg (OR Tambo) Airport. A number of U.S. citizens and other travelers have been robbed at gun point while traveling from the airport to their place of lodging. In some instances, individuals have been injured or shot during these robberies.  

July 13


As we have seen in Oakland, London, Dhaka, Paris, and various other places worldwide, fires can cause complete destruction and loss of life. In occasional situations, the victims were not prepared for a fire and may not have had tips on what to do in the event of a fire. There are certain precautions a person can follow in their dorm, apartment, home, and/or hotel while at home or abroad.

Residential Precautions

June 28


On Monday, 26 June, 2017, the United States Supreme Court partially reinstated an Executive Order previously issued by President Trump which restricts immigrations of nations from six specified countries to the United States; unless they have a “bona fide” relationship with a person or entity in the U.S. (It remains unclear specifically what legally constitutes a “bona fide” relationship.)

June 5

This week’s update includes several topics that each have the potential to significantly impact travelers.


May 31

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began on Saturday, May 27 and will end on Sunday, June 24. During this time, more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having martial relations from dawn until sunset.

May 24

On the evening of 22 May, in Manchester, UK, a bomb was detonated as concertgoers exited the venue. Tragically, 22 were killed and 59 were injured. In response to this attack, the United Kingdom raised the terror level threat on 23 May from ‘severe’ to ‘critical.’  It is anticipated that this is a temporary measure while the investigation of Monday’s attack continues. Additional military personnel will be positioned at key public places, including at transport hubs such as railway stations and airports.

May 18

As noted in a previous safety update, there is currently a worldwide yellow fever vaccine shortage. According to the International Society of Travel Medicine, the yellow fever vaccine shortage will continue, and the vaccine will be unavailable in the U.S. from mid-2017 until mid-2018. During this shortage, the FDA has approved a new investigational vaccine that will be offered in select clinics in the U.S. At this time it is unknown what clinics will have this new vaccine.