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Announcements : Travel Restrictions

Announcement: Travel Restrictions


The OIP regularly monitors health, safety, and security updates from the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and considers these when offering guidance related to student health abroad.

U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State issues a Travel Advisory for every country in the world based on the security conditions that exist in that country/region.  Travel advisories follow a numerical system ranging  from 1 (exercise normal precautions) to 4 (do not travel), Travel advisories describe the risks that exist in a country or region and provide clear guidance that travelers should follow in order to ensure their own safety.

Rensselaer does not support undergraduate student travel to any country with a level 4 advisory.  Student travel to any country with a level 3 advisory must be approved by the Institute.

Travel Alerts are issued to inform U.S. citizens of specific safety and security concerns in a country, such as demonstrations, crime trends and weather events. 

Visit the State Department website to view the Advisory/Alert for your destination, and for other important travel resources.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC issues Travel Health Notices to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues that impact travelers’ health, like disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, and natural disasters, in destinations around the world. Travel health notices range from 1 (practice usual precautions) to  3 (avoid all non-essential travel).  Rensselaer does not support travel to any destination with a level 3 health notice.

In addition, the CDC is monitoring covid-19 conditions worldwide using a 1-4 rating system(low, moderate, high and very high risk).  Rensselaer does not support travel to any destination with a  CDC covid rating of 3 or 4. 

Visit the CDC website for detailed information on health conditions worldwide.