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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March 6

On Monday, March 06, 2017, the U.S. State Department released an update of the Worldwide Caution. The possible threats of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This updated Worldwide Caution replaces the one dated September 9, 2016. The U.S. State Department has had a Worldwide Caution in effect for a number of years and updates are issued at regular intervals. For more information please see, the U.S.

December 19

On Monday, December 19, a lorry (large shipping truck) drove through the crowd at the popular Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, Germany. Unfortunately, reports are stating nine were killed and approximately 50 were injured. This attack is currently under investigation.

German officials have been concerned, and continue to be concerned, about security around the popular Christmas markets, which are a main place for holiday shopping in Berlin and typically draw large crowds.

December 12

Earthquakes are an everyday occurrence below the Earth’s surface and occur thousands of times per year. Major earthquakes are less common, but are known to cause devastation and causalities. A total of 13,424 earthquakes magnitude 4.0 and up have occurred in 2016.

October 21

Protests can be the result of a multitude of issues that arise – from elections, to student tuition increases, to public transportation concerns. It is important to understand, while most of these demonstrations remain peaceful, some result in vandalism, assaults and sometimes causalities. It is important to avoid areas where protests and demonstrations are taking place, not only for your personal safety, but the safety of others. 

September 6

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are commonly one of the first stops for a traveler when arriving in an international destination, and are utilized by travelers through the duration of their trip. While these machines dispense the local currency and play a large role in travel, they are also highly exploited by criminals. They make easy, unattended, and profitable targets for those using them.

August 15

During the first week of the 2016 Rio Olympics, the primary security concerns facing travelers have been petty theft and armed robbery, though other crimes including errant gunfire have been reported as well. No unattended bags rendered safe by police have been proven malicious, but authorities remain on high alert. Protests and demonstrations have been an ongoing concern, but have been largely peaceful and have caused few disruptions for travelers.

August 4

Many of us have a variety of apps on our phones that connect with other people. These apps are used worldwide and can be utilized by individuals while traveling.