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On 17 May 2024, the U.S. Department of State issued a Worldwide Caution Alert noting the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests.  Specifically, the alert notes that the Department of State is aware of increased potential for foreign terrorist organization-inspired violence against LGBTQI+ persons and events. 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 UW-Madison students, staff, and faculty traveling abroad for university-affiliated travel or under a university-sponsored program are required to 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) ahead of any international travel. 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

Preparing for Extreme Heat

Heatwaves and prolonged excess heat conditions are increasing in frequency, duration, intensity, and magnitude due to climate change. Extreme heat conditions can cause cumulative stress on the human body and disrupt the delivery of important resources like water and electricity. Excessive temperatures can significantly impact traveler health and safety, exacerbate existing health issues, and increase the risk of dehydration and heat-related illnesses. Make sure you prepare for extreme heat when traveling by reviewing the materials linked below.

Preparing for Extreme Heat – Primer Document

Preparing for Extreme Heat – Podcast and Other Resources