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Foreign Travel Instructions and Tips

Written by: Administrative Services Manager/FSO, Deanna Laperle

Now that we’re in the season of travel, there are several of you that may be considering or already have plans for travel abroad. If you are an ARServices employee traveling abroad, you must notify me to receive a briefing prior to your travel. These briefings are developed to provide you information and awareness on the country you will be visiting, as well as provide additional resources that you can utilize for independent research.

Terrorist attacks are devastating and the recent ISIS attacks have heightened our awareness. The U.S. Department of State has issued a general travel alert for all U.S. citizen travel to Europe until August 31, 2016. Targets for terrorist attacks are often places tourists frequent, such as airports and national landmarks. You should be aware of common risks and threats when traveling abroad, both from within and outside the visiting country – be prepared for an emergency by learning the location and contact number of the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

As part of your pre-travel checklist, you should verify that your medical coverage extends to the visiting country as most plans do not. For information on medical coverage assistance that may be available from ARServices, please contact ARServices’ Director of Human Resources.

At a minimum, you should engage the following resources prior to your travel:

  • The U.S. Department of State travel page for current country-specific warnings and alerts, country-specific historical information, and general travel safety practices
  • The U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which is a free service where you can enroll your travel itinerary with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to receive information regarding current safety and health conditions and notifications in the event of an emergency
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Traveler’s Health page for information on current health notices and alerts, as well as required vaccinations
  • USEmbassy.gov for the contact information of the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate

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