International Travel Resources

If your travel is for ISU business, enroll in Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for basic and emergency medical insurance and security evacuation services.
  • Enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, and to help make it easier to locate you in the event of an emergency.
  • Monitor the news and the State Department’s Travel Website for updated Travel Warnings and Alerts, and “know before you go.
  • Download the TripLingo app on your smartphone or tablet to access travel tools, Wi-Fi dialer, safety tools, and more. Download the app and login with your email address. iOS: | Android:
  • Know the local “911” phone number, and have it and other important numbers [i.e., the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate and Cultural Insurance Services International-CISI (312-935-1703)] written down and programmed into your phone.
  • Make two copies of your passport, insurance card, and any other documents important to you in the event of an emergency. Leave one copy with a family member, and secure the other separately from your travel documents in case of loss or theft.
  • Beware of your surroundings and avoid large crowded places. Exercise vigilance when in public places and when using mass transit.
  • Maintain good communication with your travel sponsor. Know the accountability measures and plans in the event of an emergency.
Please contact the Office of Risk Management at 515-294-7711 or (e-mail checked on business days only) with any questions or concerns.
For urgent 24-hour risk management assistance, you may call 515-294-7700.


U.S. Department of State Links

U.S. Department of State Homepage
Official homepage for the U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory
As a first step in planning any trip abroad, check the Travel Advisories for your intended destination. Click here for a complete list, or see the world at a glance on the State Department's color-coded map.
Note that conditions can change rapidly in a country at any time. To receive updated Travel Advisories and Alerts for the countries you choose, sign up at
For more details and FAQs about safety and security information, please see  This link provides assistance in understanding the Travel Advisory Levels:
Levels 1-4
The Travel Advisory appears at the top of each country page, with a color corresponding to each level: 

Color-coded chart for travel advisory level 1 (exercise normal precautions) through level 4 (do not travel)

Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precautions: This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk. There is some risk in any international travel. Conditions in other countries may differ from those in the United States and may change at any time.    
Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution:  Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security. The Departments of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.  
Level 3 - Reconsider Travel: Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory.Conditions in any country may change at any time.  
Level 4 – Do Not Travel:  This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. During an emergency, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance. The Department of State advises that U.S. citizens not travel to the country or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time. 


Consular Information Sheets
Information regarding conditions specific to your destination that may affect safety and security
U.S. Citizen Assistance and Crisis Management
Information regarding what assistance the U.S. Department of State can and cannot provide to U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad
Registration with Embassies STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program)
Register at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country you are visiting. Enrolling in this free service will allow the U.S. Department of State to better assist you in case of an emergency while you are abroad.
Passport Information
Current information about applying for or renewing your passport
What You Should Know Before You Go
Information regarding destination, personal safety and health. Also includes information and tips about road safety overseas.
Travel Checklist
Tips and information to help avoid difficulties while traveling abroad


Other Useful Resources

Overseas Security Advisory Council
Global security news and reports from U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Transportation Security Administration
TSA has prepared a traveler's guide to help passengers with answers they need to common security screening questions. Includes restrictions and tips for air and other modes of travel
United Nations
Official homepage for the United Nations
World Health Organization International Travel and Health Site
Health information for travelers, travel requirements, and recommendations
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Travel health information specific to location including vaccination information, medication tips, trip preparation checklists, and other helpful information
Currency Converter
Currency conversion calculator
LGBTI Travel Resources
International travel information from the U.S. Department of State for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons
Country Calling Codes
Tool to assist with international calling codes