Travel Warnings & Safety


The VIH Program relies on the U.S. Department of State, the Overseas Security Advisory Council and the Centers for Disease Control for the most up-to-date information on Travel Warnings and AlertsAn updated list of Travel Warnings can be found at the State Department's website.

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Programs (STEP) is a free service offered by the U.S. government for citizens that are going abroad.   Students should enter their information about their trip with STEP so that assistance can be provided in an emergency situation, be it a natural disaster, civil disturbance, a family issue or circumstances where a passport is lost or stolen.

The VIH Program does not recommend that any awardee participate in a program in any country where there is such a travel warning. If you are a University of Pittsburgh student in the VIH Program, you must follow the University of Pittsburgh's Guidelines regarding travel warnings.


Violence against women is a growing concern all over the world. Always be alert and use the same safety precautions as you would in the U.S., no matter where you are going.


Purse Patrol:

Do not leave your purse unattended.


Drinking alcohol will impair your judgment.

Cultural Cues: 

Pay attention to the behavior of local people. Identify what is/not appropriate for women.

Clothing & Dress: 

 Pack conservative items of clothing. While abroad, observe the dress of local women.

General Safety:

Follow your instincts! If a situation does not feel right, find a way to respectfully leave.


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