You may wish to enroll in an elective that involves travel to a country that has a U.S. State Department Travel Advisory of Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or Level 4 (Do Not Travel). Travel to Level 4 countries is not allowed by trainees at the David Geffen School of Medicine.

Travel Advisories are issued by the U.S. State Department in order that you might consider carefully whether you should travel to a given country. Examples of reasons for issuing a Level 3 or Level 4 Travel Advisory might include unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks. We want you to know the risks of traveling to places with Travel Advisories and to avoid travel to these countries. Travel Advisories remain in place until the situation changes; some have been in effect for years. If you make the decision to travel to a country with a current Travel Advisory of Level 3, you will be required to complete the additional paperwork in the files below.

Travel Alerts are issues by the U.S. State Department for short-term events you should know about when planning travel to a country. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Alert might include an election season that is bound to have many strikes, demonstrations, or disturbances; a health alert like an outbreak of H1N1; or evidence of an elevated risk of terrorist attacks. When these short-term events are over, the Travel Alert is cancelled. In order to get Travel Alerts and updated Travel Advisories, please enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP):

To learn the Travel Advisory Level of the country where you would like to participate in an elective, please see the U.S. State Department website at Please also plan to obtain a detailed security report from WorldCue/iJET at

In addition to the Attestation, Travel Policy with Safety Plan, and Request for Exception contained in the files below, please also see the Sample Emergency Evacuation Protocol to use as you develop your safety plan. This will be helpful to you in answering question 7 of the Request for Exception for State Department Travel Advisory Form: How will the safety of the student/resident be monitored and what is the process for establishing whether evacuation is needed and for potential evacuation of the student/resident, if necessary?

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