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Student Travel Safety Tips

The number of U.S. students studying abroad has increased dramatically over the past few years. While it’s true that accidents and crime can happen while at home or abroad, there are steps you can take to help reduce the risks.

The following tips are general suggestions for students and their parents. You can also download a printable version of our Student Travel Safety Tips.

In addition, see important before leaving home and while traveling safety tips.

General Advice 

  • Be aware of the cultural differences and abide by the local customs.  You are a guest in a foreign country and are expected to behave as such.  Refrain from discussing politics or criticizing the lifestyles.
  • Review pre-trip information including booklets from the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and check relevant sites on the web.
  • If you are staying for an extended period of time, register immediately upon arrival with the Consular section of your embassy.
  • Report a lost or stolen passport to your embassy or nearest consulate, and cancel lost or stolen credit cards or travelers checks as soon as possible.  Report stolen items to the police and get a copy of the theft report to include with your insurance claim.
  • Don’t become an easy target.  Remain alert, maintain a low profile and trust your instincts.
  • Do not wear ostentatious necklaces or other jewelry of real or apparent value, bring expensive cameras, or overburden yourself with packages.
  • A cell phone can be very useful and can save a great deal of trouble.
  • Avoid black market transactions of all types.

Suggestions for Parents 

  • Have contact name and number of University/tour group/travel agency organizing trip.  If student is taking a credit card, ensure existing limits are adequate.
  • Request an itinerary from your student and keep it readily available.
  • Have contact names of professors/advisors accompanying student on the trip.
  • Obtain name and phone number of at least one other parent whose student is part of the trip.
  • If trip is being organized by a tour group, obtain names, addresses, phone, and fax numbers of all hotels where your student will be staying.  Be aware of any time differences relevant to your time zone.
  • Parents should discuss sexually transmitted diseases and risk taking behaviors with their children. Parents and teens should be aware that high quality latex condoms are not always available in other countries. Abstinence and consistent use of condoms must be stressed.

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