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Going Abroad? Remember to Register
Each year, thousands of faculty, staff and students at The Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Health System travel abroad for many reasons, including research or to attend or present at conferences or other university-related activities.
Before going out of the country, CEPAR recommends all faculty, staff and students at the university and health system register with the Johns Hopkins International Travel Registry. The purpose of the registry is to better prepare and help students, staff and faculty when they are abroad and to help Johns Hopkins gather important data on university-related worldwide activities.
Those traveling abroad may also consider registering with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This program allows U.S. citizens to enroll with the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate, receive safety and security information, and help the U.S. Embassy, family and friends contact them in case of an emergency.
Another resource for those who travel frequently, whether abroad or domestically, is the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s Trusted Traveler Program. After a fee and approval process, the program allows people to move more quickly through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and customs screening lines.
As always, CEPAR urges you to plan your travel safely and carefully. Check the World Health Organization and State Department’s websites for health and safety advisories prior to traveling internationally, and take advantage of these registration programs prior to any travel.
If you have any questions regarding travel to a region with an advisory, feel free to email CEPAR.