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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June 16

As you may have noticed, there seem to be a lot of demonstrations/rallies/protests, as well as the Euro Cup and other athletic events, and natural disasters, such as flooding, across Europe right now. The following information is intended to help you in a situation that you may face.



June 9

Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. “It is the period when Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset, and is one of the five pillars - or duties - of Islam. Not only do Muslims abstain from food and drink, it is also a time of deep contemplation and prayer to Allah, and also charitable generosity.”  Overall, individuals taking part in Ramadan will fast for nearly 17 hours!



June 9

The U.S. State Department has released a Europe Travel Alert, focusing on upcoming events in France and Poland:

“As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation. 



June 9

Earthquakes are an everyday occurrence below the Earth’s surface and occur thousands of times per day. Major earthquakes are less common, but are known to cause devastation and causalities. Preparing for earthquakes involves learning what people should do before, during, and after earthquakes; and preparing to do those things before the next quake.

Earthquake Facts



June 7

Holy month of Ramadan

Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. “It is the period when Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset, and is one of the five pillars - or duties - of Islam. Not only do Muslims abstain from food and drink, it is also a time of deep contemplation and prayer to Allah, and also charitable generosity.”  Overall, individuals taking part in Ramadan will fast for nearly 17 hours!



May 31

The U.S. State Department has released a Europe Travel Alert, focusing on upcoming events in France and Poland:

“As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation. 



May 25

Earthquakes are an everyday occurrence below the Earth’s surface and occur thousands of times per day. Major earthquakes are less common, but are known to cause devastation and causalities. Preparing for earthquakes involves learning what people should do before, during, and after earthquakes; and preparing to do those things before the next quake.



May 10

Individuals undertaking overland travel in central and Western Europe should anticipate continued disruption in some areas due to the ongoing influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.Travelers should be prepared to adjust their itineraries to account for possible disruption on some cross-border routes and at key rail hubs.

Border updates are as follows: