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On 19 October 2023, the U.S. Department of State issued an initial Worldwide Caution Alert due to increased tensions in various locations around the world, and the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution.

State Department Worldwide Caution Alert

Due to ongoing tensions in the Middle East, the U.S. Department of State has begun issuing updated special information for U.S. citizens in the region.

Information for U.S. Citizens in the Middle East

Students are subject to UW-Madison’s “International Travel Policy (International Travel Resources, Guidelines and Policies).

The policy has been revised to reflect the U.S. Department of State and CDC’s updated travel advisory systems. Under this policy, students are precluded from traveling to any location that remains under a U.S. Department of State Level 3 or Level 4 advisory or a CDC Travel Health Notice of Level 3 or Level 4. The policy offers a process by which waivers can be requested if risks can be mitigated effectively.

See the “Policies” tab on this website for more information about the policy and waiver process.

All University of UW-Madison students, staff, and faculty traveling abroad under a UW-sponsored program are required the enroll in Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) insurance coverage.

Enroll in CISI Insurance

All UW-Madison affiliated travelers are highly encouraged to enroll in the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP is a free service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals to enroll their international travel with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Enroll in STEP