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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May 4

Those of us who have flown have heard the words, “Ladies and gentlemen, keep your seat belts fastened while seated.” Some, like me, will heed caution and keep buckled up while seated the entirety of the flight. 

April 28


International Workers’ Day, also known as Labor Day, is a celebration of laborers and the working classes that occurs every year on May Day, May 1. In many cultures, May 1 is a traditional spring holiday. Celebrations include dances, singing, bonfires, and cake.

April 10

The spring is known for bright colors and wonderful holidays that are filled with cultural and religious traditions, including Holy Week, Passover, and Easter. These are widely celebrated by millions of people in various countries.

April 7


As most of you are aware, using a lorry or a vehicle to carry out an attack has become a common tactic, especially in the past year. Lorries (large truck, typically used for commercial purposes) and other vehicles can cause multiple fatalities and numerous injuries. They are easily accessible and target very busy areas where there are many pedestrians.

Recent attacks

April 6


Individuals traveling to, from or within the Schengen Area should anticipate delays and increased processing times at the entrance and exit points of the Schengen Area due to new security regulations that will come into force on 7 April 2017.

March 23


As you may be aware, there was an attack at Westminster in London yesterday, 22 March. The assailant, at approximately 14.45 (London local time), drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, injuring several, before crashing into railings. The same man armed with a bladed weapon then attempted to enter the Palace of Westminster and stabbed a police officer before being shot by armed police. Unfortunately, reports indicate that at least four people were killed, including a police officer who was stabbed, and around 40 others injured in the attack.

March 22

Individuals travelling to the US and the UK on flights from or transiting through the Middle East and North Africa should prepare to comply with new regulations on electronic devices and expect potential delays to pre-departure screening at affected airports.