Global health and safety

Travel alerts | Local law enforcement and detainment | Health needs | Additional safety resources


Travel alerts

You can find the latest information on destination-specific and worldwide travel alerts on the U.S. State Department website.

Emory also recommends that all travelers consult ISOS, a private international emergency assistance provider for all members of the Emory community who are traveling overseas. ISOS also provides the latest information on travel risks.

Local law enforcement and detainment

Please note that regardless of your citizenship, you are subject to local laws while traveling abroad, and your rights as a U.S. citizen may not extend to you outside the United States.

If you are detained by law enforcement, customs or immigration officials, contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, as well as Emory’s emergency contacts. If you are detained by political activists or terrorists, comply with their requests. ISOS and U.S. diplomatic resources will work to secure your return.

Health needs

Additional safety resources

Educational Resources
Emergency Assistance
Hotel Safety
Road Safety
Liability Waiver
  • A liability waiver must be signed by any student embarking on Emory-sponsored travel abroad. If your program does not already have a program-specific waiver that has been reviewed and approved by Emory’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC), the form found at the link above can be used. Any changes made to this form, beyond filling in trip-specific information in the blanks provided, must be submitted to Chris Rapalje in the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives, who will obtain OGC review. This form is updated periodically, so please check back whenever planning a new trip. Completed waivers should be provided to an appropriate administrative official at the student’s school.