U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories play a critical role in most education abroad offices’ decisions to allow travel around the world. In March 2020 the Department posted a Global Health Advisory, Level 4: Do Not Travel and a majority of U.S. students abruptly returned home from their programs abroad.

During this presentation the Bureau of Consular Affairs addressed assessment criteria for travel advisories, frequency of review for travel advisories during the pandemic, as well as current restrictions and conditions for U.S. students travelling abroad including quarantines, host country infrastructure, and other considerations. NAFSA member-leader Jason Hope, addressed additional sources for monitoring conditions abroad and considerations for re-starting education abroad programs safely.

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Jason Hope

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University of Kentucky
Jason is a native of Louisville, KY, but he has called Lexington home for more than a decade. He holds bachelor's degrees from UK in international relations and Spanish, and a master's from UK in educational policy studies and evaluation. He also holds a graduate certificate in emergency management...

Beth Klimow

Beth Klimow
United States Department of State
Beth Klimow is a country officer in the Office of American Citizens Services at the U.S. Department of State, covering Kuwait, Morocco, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates. She also has held positions in the Office of the Under Secretary for Management, the State Department Operations Center, and in...

Timothy Starkweather

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United States Department of State
Timothy Starkweather is a country officer in the Office of American Citizen Services at the U.S. Department of State. In the Africa Division he covers Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Uganda, and Gabon. Previously, he worked as a paralegal specialist in the Bureau of Consular Affairs and with...