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International Travel Safety and Security

Travel Alerts & Advisories



May 1, 2017


March 6, 2017  

Travel Health Alert – Zika Virus
March 10,  2017

In the event of an emergency abroad that requires assistance beyond or in addition to what the local authorities can provide, please contact ISOS at +1.215.942.8478 (call collect where available). Vanderbilt's membership number is 11BSGM000066.

Students: Students traveling abroad on Vanderbilt-sponsored activities should review and abide by the Student International Travel Policy, which includes registering your travel through ISOS (see below for information). Undergraduates applying for programs through the Global Education Office will be asked to register during the formal GEO application process. Students participating in non-credit-bearing travel (e.g. service trips) and graduate/professional students will need to register their travel on ISOS (see below) and complete the safety and security checklist

Faculty and Staff: Faculty and staff traveling abroad for work-related activities AND who go through the Vanderbilt Travel Office (using World Travel or Concur to book travel) will be automatically registered in ISOS coverage (see below). 

International Travel Registration FAQs

Other Links

Traveling to Cuba? Contact first for current requirements

Some international travel is restricted, including countries currently under a US Department of State Travel Warning. Please see the Restricted Regions list for more information.

SARACRole of the Committee

The Study Away Risk Assessment Committee The Study Away Risk Assessment Committee (SARAC) is responsible for authorizing university-sponsored educational or service opportunities involving travel when there is a significant health or safety concern.  SARAC is also responsible for deciding whether to suspend an educational opportunity away from campus when health or safety concerns emerge shortly before a program begins or while it is in progress.  The Committee is expected to balance the educational and/or research merits of the travel opportunity with its associated risk, with an emphasis on risk mitigation.

How to apply

International SOSVanderbilt has contracted with International SOS to provide emergency travel assistance and evacuation services for all students, faculty and staff members traveling internationally on Vanderbilt related business. Read a summary of services here. Prior to embarking on an international trip, all VU travelers should complete the Personal Traveler Locator on the portal. This ensures coverage and provides the contact information needed by ISOS and Vanderbilt to locate the traveler in the event of a crisis or emergency.

Download ISOS ApplicationWhen you travel with the International SOS Assistance App on your smartphone, help is just a click away.Whether you have an emergency or just need advice or information on your travel destination, the Assistance App provides you with quick and convenient access to the benefits of your International SOS membership.

The Assistance App is available for BlackBerry, iPhone, Android and Microsoft smartphones. To download it, visit from your smartphone’s browser. When you first start the App, you’ll be asked to enter your Membership Number (Vanderbilt # 11BSGM000066) or you may register your university-issued email address for validation.