The US Department of State has issued a Travel Warning for Jordan, updated on July 20, 2017. The Learning Abroad Center obtained approval from the University of Minnesota’s International Travel Risk Assissment & Advisory Committee (ITRAAC) for programs in Jordan.
The Learning Abroad Center submitted a petition to the University of Minnesota's International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee (ITRAAC)—the committee responsible for making decisions related to the Travel Warning Policy—for the partnership between the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures and CET for the study abroad program in Jordan for the summer of 2017 and the Academic Year 2017-2018. The committee has approved the petition for 2017–18 programs, provided that participants abide by the guidelines and restrictions below.
The Department/Learning Abroad Center Must
- Register the group at the US embassy in Jordan through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
- Ensure all students receive CISI international insurance for the duration of their participation in the program.
- Provide each participant with a copy of the Travel Warning and Country Specific Information for Jordan, and require that they follow the advice and safety recommendations contained within the warning and country information.
- Stay up to date with the recommendations of the State Department Travel Warning and provide the official warning to each student participating in the program.
- Collect and maintain a list of cell phone numbers for all students and onsite program contacts.
- Communicate regularly with students and on-site contacts regarding the program and safety. Provide students with the University's 24/7 emergency phone line: 612.301.CALL(2255).
- Provide a mid-year report including any health, safety and security incidents to the committee by August 1, 2017.
- Send a renewal request to the ITRAAC by February 2018, if the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures wishes to continue this program in the next academic year 2018-2019.
- Communicate the following requirements to all students on the program in writing and/or in orientation.
All Students on the Program Must
- Review the Travel Warning and Country Specific Information for Jordan and follow the advice and safety recommendations contained within.
- Receive CISI insurance coverage for the duration of the program.
- Carry a cell phone and the contact details for on-site staff, University of Minnesota, emergency contacts in the US, CISI, and the US embassy with them at all times.
- Confirm the emergency communication plan, 24-7 departmental contacts and details with on-site program staff.
- Remain in close contact with the on-site program staff during their time abroad.
- Follow all US Department of State and embassy warning and security messages as well as University of Minnesota, on-site staff and local government recommendations including, but not limited to, those indicating that Americans should avoid areas of a city, country or regions as a result of demonstrations, offensives or threats on specific dates and during specific times.
- Not travel within 10km of the Syria border including the two of Ramtha, not travel on Highway 10 east of Ruwayshid toward Iraq, or visit other border areas or refugee camps.
- Exercise special caution during times when demonstrations are announced, avoid areas where demonstrations are occurring or crowds are forming.
- Be extremely vigilant with regard to their personal security, particularly in crowded public places such as clubs, hotels, resorts, shopping centers, restaurants, bus stations, and places of worship, and remain alert in residential areas, at schools, and at outdoor recreational events.
- Maintain a low profile.
- Avoid crowded transportation venues.
- Use only well-marked taxis and be sure to lock vehicle doors and keep windows up.
- Practice good personal security when moving about and adhere to local cultural expectations of behavior and dress.
- Check conditions and monitor local media reports before traveling to the rural areas of the country.
- Not walk or travel alone under any circumstance, but especially after dark.
- Not drive motor vehicles including but not limited to scooters, motorbikes, motorcycles and cars.
- Lock all lodging doors and windows.
- Avoid carrying large sums of cash or wearing expensive looking jewelry.
- Not resist or antagonize armed criminals.
- Be cautious of unattended baggage in public places, including airports and bus depot.
- Be aware of and comply with the university policies regarding education abroad. Refer to GPS Alliance's Travel Approval page.
ITRAAC maintains the authority to suspend an education abroad opportunity sponsored by the University, including any previously approved, when a significant health or safety concern is raised regarding the opportunity. For more information on this, visit GPS Alliance's Travel Approval page.