Advisories & Alerts

Department_of_state.svg Current Alerts and Warnings issued by the US Department of State

Travel Alert Update: U.S. Limits Devices for Passengers on Foreign Airlines from Eight Countries

July 20th, 2017 in Health & Safety.

The U.S. has now ended its laptop ban on Middle Eastern airlines.

Europe Travel Alert

May 2nd, 2017 in Health & Safety.

The U.S. Department of State has renewed a temporary Travel Alert for Europe, to make travelers aware of the potential risks of travel. The Alert does not advise cancelling or postponing travel to Europe. This alert will expire on November 30, 2017.

Travel Alert: U.S. Limits Devices for Passengers on Foreign Airlines from Eight Countries

March 21st, 2017 in Health & Safety.

The Department of Homeland Security has just announced that no passengers will be allowed to carry-on laptops, tablets, or any other electronic device larger than mobile phones on flights run by non-US carriers and departing from the airports listed below. Any such devices must be in checked baggage. For more information click here. This policy is subject to change without notice.

  • Queen Alia International Airport (AMM-Amman, Jordan)
  • Cairo International Airport (CAI)
  • Ataturk International Airport (IST-Istanbul, Turkey)
  • King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED-Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
  • King Khalid International Airport (RUH-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
  • Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
  • Mohammed V Airport (CMN-Casablanca, Morocco)
  • Hamad International Airport (DOH=Doha, Qatar)
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB)
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH

Information for Boston University International Travelers

February 1st, 2017 in Health & Safety.

This information is offered in an effort to assist BU travelers, in light of the Executive Order issued by the President of the United States on January 27, 2017. For further information on BU’s position, please see the letter from President Robert Brown to the BU community, January 29, 2017.

There are many unanswered questions and the situation remains very fluid. The most up to date information will be on the ISSO website.

  • Boston University recommends that any citizen of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan or Yemen not travel to or from the U.S. until further notice.
  • Lawful Permanent U.S. Residents (Green Card holders) who are citizens of those countries are being inspected upon entry and exempted from the Executive Order on a case by case basis.
  • U.S. citizens (including U.S. citizens who also hold a passport from one of the named countries) will not be denied entry into the U.S.
  •  Citizens of the named countries who hold dual nationality with another country aside from the U.S. (for example, Syria and France) should present their preferred passport and will be inspected for entry based on that country of citizenship
  • The International Students and Scholars Office website provides much more detailed information about the Executive Order and its implications for the BU community.

The Zika Virus – New CDC Guidelines

March 25th, 2016 in Health & Safety.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued detailed new guidelines concerning Zika and pregnancy as well as the sexual transmission of Zika. Boston University recommends that all travelers considering travel to areas highlighted by CDC as areas with active transmission of Zika follow these guidelines, and discuss any questions or concerns with a physician before travel.

There are several travel medicine clinics in the Boston area, including at the Boston Medical Center.

Europe Travel Alert

March 23rd, 2016 in Health & Safety.

The U.S. Department of State has issued a temporary Travel Alert for Europe, to make travelers aware of the potential risks of travel. The Alert does not advise cancelling or postponing travel to Europe. This alert will expire on June 20, 2016.

The Zika Virus – Advice for Travelers

January 27th, 2016 in Health & Safety.

The Centers for Disease Control has issued a Level 2 Alert – “Practice Enhanced Precautions” for most of Central and South America and the Caribbean in response to the recent outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Zika is generally considered to be a mild disease, with symptoms appearing in only about 1 in 5 cases. Symptoms include fever, rashes, joint pain and conjunctivitis, and generally last 2 – 7 days.

However, the Zika virus outbreak has been linked in Brazil to a high number of cases of microcephaly, a serious birth defect affecting the development of the skull and brain. The CDC recommends that women who are pregnant postpone travel to areas that are less than 2,000 meters (approx. 6,500 feet) above sea level in countries and U.S. territories with active Zika virus transmission.

There is no preventative measure or treatment for Zika. Travelers are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites by following standard precautions:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or IR3535. Always use as directed.
    • Insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, and IR3535 are safe for pregnant and nursing women and children older than 2 months when used according to the product label. Oil of lemon eucalyptus products should not be used on children under 3 years of age.
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents).
  • Stay and sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms.

Worldwide Travel Alert

November 28th, 2015 in Health & Safety.

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests. This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016. More

Update: Ebola and Boston University

April 23rd, 2015 in Health & Safety.

While it appears the Ebola crisis in West Africa may finally be on the wane, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still recommends that U.S. residents avoid nonessential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. The recommendations below reflect the advice provided throughout the crisis by the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and other sources. Boston University still recommends that any traveler from those regions, or those contemplating travel to those regions, follow these recommendations.

Ebola and Boston University

January 8th, 2015 in Health & Safety.

We would like to remind all members of the BU community that the health and safety of our community is of highest importance to us. Despite the fact that Boston University and the New England area have not seen any incidents of the Ebola virus to date, Boston University remains vigilant and continues to review our preparations for dealing with any outbreak of disease.