International Travel Guidance & Advisories

In light of world events over the last weeks and months, Ithaca College would like you to know what we are doing, and what you can do, to make your international travel as safe as possible.

See below for specific, current travel alerts including:

Mumps in New Zealand (OSAC);
Increased Security Measures on US-Bound Flights from 26 October;
United States (Security threat level - 2);
Analysis: Executive Order on Immigration to Go into Partial Effect;
Immigration Executive Order;
the ban on electronics on certain flights.

If you are an Ithaca College employee traveling internationally:

If you are an Ithaca College student traveling internationally:

  • If you are participating in an Ithaca College, affiliated, or non-affiliated study abroad program, make sure you have registered your program with the Office of International Programs and Extended Studies (OIPES) in the Terra Dotta system.  All students who study abroad must meet with a study abroad adviser in OIPES, must attend study abroad orientation(s), and complete all College requirements prior to program departure. 
  • If you are not going with a formal program, but are traveling internationally through the College in order to do an internship, research etc., contact OIPES and let us know the details so that we can provide you with a registration link.
  • If you are traveling abroad through Ithaca College (either on a formal study abroad program or independently), you will be covered under the Ithaca College international insurance policy.  The cost of coverage for 2017-18 is $2.34 per day that you will be abroad.  Be sure to print out your ID card and read about the benefits prior to departure for your program. 
  • If you are traveling abroad through an affiliated or non-affiliated program, you will be covered under their international policy (if they provide one).  If they do not provide coverage, we recommend purchasing insurance intended for international usage.

Ithaca College has a Comprehensive Emergency Response Team in place to respond in the case of challenging situations at home and abroad.  If you have registered for a study abroad program, or for employee international travel, Ithaca College will be in touch to confirm your safety in the event of an incident occurring in the world region in which you are registered.  We ask that you please take the time to respond to any such communications promptly.

In addition to registering your travel with Ithaca College, all travelers should also register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at the U.S. Department of State, which is a free service to allow U.S. Citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Here are some additional tips to consider:

  • Know before you go!  Read about what is happening in your country of destination, and consult the U.S. Department of State for updated country information and travel alerts/warnings.
  • Attend the orientations provided by Ithaca College and those provided by your study abroad program.
  • Acquaint yourself with the language and cultural mores of your travel destination. Consider learning basic phrases in the language of your host country before you leave.
  • Keep a phone on you, and keep it charged.  
  • Communicate regularly with folks back home so that know that everything is fine.
  • Avoid crowds of any sort, especially avoid political demonstrations.
  • Respond quickly to emails or other communications from program site staff or from Ithaca College.
  • Consider exploring local, off the beaten track places rather than focusing solely on typical tourist attractions. They don’t draw huge crowds and can often be more rewarding.
  • Be sure to register your independent travel with your study abroad program, using the process they have in place.
  • Reach out to your program on-site staff or to IC if you have any questions while abroad.

Below you can find additional information about current issues regarding international travel of which you should be aware.

MUMPS IN NEW ZEALAND

There have been 740 cases of Mumps in New Zealand this year, along.  To find out more, read OSAC's Health Security Snapshot: Mumps in New Zealand.

INCREASED SECURITY MEASURES ON US-BOUND FLIGHTS FROM 26 OCTOBER

According to local media sources, enhanced security measures for travelers on US-bound flights will come into effect on Thursday, 26 October. It is reported that the enhanced measures include additional passenger screening and pre-boarding interviews. Cathay Pacific Airways has announced it would suspend in-town check-in and self bag-drop services for direct flights to the US, whilst Swiss Airlines has advised travelers to check in at least 90 minutes prior to departure.

Travellers are urged to arrive a few hours earlier to airports prior to departure so as to have enough time to go through the lengthier security checks. Clients are thus advised to factor in the new security measures and the lengthier waiting times associated with them into their itineraries. Monitor local media sources for any further information on this issue and heed any directives issued by authorities.

UNITED STATES (SECURITY THREAT LEVEL - 2)

On June 28, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will require all airlines performing commercial U.S.-bound international flights to comply with new “enhanced security measures.” To find out more information, see Fact Sheet: Aviation Enhanced Security Measures for All Commercial Flights to the United States.

EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION TO GO INTO PARTIAL EFFECT

On June 26, 2017, some portions of the Immigration Executive Order (originally issued on March 6, 2017) were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.  To find out more information, read the recent analysis released by HTH Worldwide.

IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDER

It is our hope to keep you informed during this time with respect to the resources available to you.  We will continue to update this site as more information becomes available.

 

RESTRICTIONS ON ELECTRONIC DEVICES ON CERTAIN FLIGHTS

On March 20-21 2017, transportation security officials in the U.S. and the U.K. issued orders prohibiting travelers from bringing laptops, portable DVD players, tablet computers and other large electronic devices in carry-on luggage onboard flights from certain Middle Eastern countries.  Read the full travel alert with detailed information here.

 

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

Please do not hesitate to contact us at 607-274-3306 or intlprog@ithaca.edu if you should have any questions