Free 5/12 State Department Webinar on What Institutions Need to Know about the Updated Travel Advisories

Dear colleagues,

The U.S. Department of State’s USA Study Abroad team is pleased to invite you to join a webinar with the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs as part of our ongoing efforts to help U.S. higher education institutions prepare for a safe return to study abroad. Join us to hear directly from Consular Affairs representatives about how the State Department formulates its Travel Advisories and what they mean for your institutions.


What do institutions need to know about the updated U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories? 

Date: May 12, 2022, from 2:00-3:15pm Eastern Standard Time

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The State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs provides Travel Advisories with safety and security information for every country in the world to help U.S. citizens assess for themselves the risk of travel. Consular Affairs representatives will discuss:

  • How are the levels of the advisories determined?
  • What does the recent reassessment of CDC and State Department travel advisory levels mean?
  • What do institutions need to know about travel advisories when planning for international programs?
  • What do institutions need to know about consular safety and security messaging?
  • What is the difference between the State Department’s alerts and travel advisories?
  • What other travel safety and preparedness tools and information should institutions take into account?
  • What is the STEP program, and how can it help individuals and institutions?

Please note that this webinar will focus exclusively on the support of U.S. citizens overseas, and speakers will be unable to answer questions concerning foreign student travel to the United States.

Consular Affairs is responsible for the welfare and protection of U.S. citizens abroad, for the issuance of passports and other documentation to citizens and nationals, and for the protection of U.S. border security and the facilitation of legitimate travel to the United States. For more information on the Bureau of Consular Affairs and its Travel Advisory system, please visit

This webinar is supported through USA Study Abroad’s Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) Program. Visit the program website to learn more about its grant competition for U.S. colleges and universities and to view recordings of past webinars, including previous webinars with Consular Affairs. The IDEAS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by World Learning.