Security Considerations for 2017 Travel

US State Dept Travel Alerts and Warnings
January 30, 2017

For students who are considering applying for a TRI Fellowship or traveling abroad in the summer of 2017, here are some tips and resources to keep in mind. Your safety and security is our utmost concern; please feel free to contact us to discuss your questions at any time.

The President’s January 27th Executive Order

As it was issued, President Trump’s order calls for the following:

  • For the next ninety days it blocks entry into the United States by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen;
  • For the next ninety days it appears to bar individuals with valid visas and even green card holders from those countries from re-entering the United States unless exemptions are granted;
  • For the next 120 days it suspends entry of all refugees to the United States; and
  • It bars Syrian refugees indefinitely.

Yale’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) has up to date information on this and other changes in immigration policy that affect our students. For now, TRI recommends that nationals of these countries, including dual nationals and US permanent residents, avoid international travel at this time. OISS is a great resource for further questions: they have open office hours every afternoon, or you can schedule an appointment. They will be hosting info sessions about the executive order on Wednesday, February 1st and Thursday, February 2nd from 4:30-5:30 PM at 421 Temple Street.

Other Countries Under Security Threat

Several agencies publish security warnings for international travel. These include the US State Department and United Healthcare Global. Please check the status of your destination country and read up on any local threats and how they might affect you.

Yale College undergraduates are not permitted to travel (with Yale permission, credit, or funding) to countries that have a US State Department warning, have a UHG threat level of “5 (very high)”, or are otherwise prohibited (presently North Korea and Iran). Graduate students are not subject to the same restrictions, though proposals that could endanger the applicant or study subjects may not be funded. Please consult with TRI staff to discuss your concerns.

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