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International Safety and Operations


Mission
 
Tufts supports and encourages International Travel by its faculty, student and staff while promoting safety and security measures that minimize risk to the traveler and the institution. The Global Operations office is here to assist you with travel preparation including the mandatory registration of your travel, logistical concerns and training for travel safety.  We also provide assistance in cases of emergency.


Tufts Latest Guidance on Travel (March 16, 2017)

Court stays latest Executive Order, halting travel ban (again)
Late on March 15, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a 43-page decision blocking the President’s revised Executive Order nationwide. Accordingly, the travel ban scheduled to take effect today has been put on hold indefinitely pending further litigation. Individuals from the targeted countries should be permitted to travel abroad and re-enter the United States as long as the stay remains in place.

The Revised Executive Order
The revised Executive Order was issued March 6, 2017, replacing President Trump’s earlier travel ban and removing Iraq from the list of targeted countries. It had been scheduled to go into effect today (March 16) and was designed to prevent nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who do not have a valid visa obtained on or before January 27, 2017 from entering the United States until at least June 14, 2017. If you have a visa that you obtained on or before January 27, are a green card holder from one the 6 remaining countries, or are a dual national traveling on your other passport (for example, a dual Iranian Canadian citizen seeking to enter the U.S. on a Canadian passport), then the Executive order does not apply to you. In addition, Iraq has been removed from the list of proscribed countries, and people traveling on diplomatic, NATO or UN-specific visas are not covered.

Can Nationals from the 6 countries travel outside the United States now?
Yes; however, our advice cautiously remains: If you are from one of the six remaining countries on the travel ban list and can reasonably avoid discretionary travel outside the United States, we recommend that you continue to do so. If you need to travel, please reach out to your international office or to Diana Chigas, Senior International Officer and Associate Provost (diana.chigas@tufts.edu).

Travel Precautions: Spring Break Travel Plans
For members of our community from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen: The revised Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017 replaces the previous travel ban, removes Iraq from the list of targeted countries, and further narrows the scope of the ban to exclude permanent residents, dual citizens, and others. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s "Q&A" about implementation of the Executive Order, if you are from one of the six countries, and have a valid visa (that will be valid when you plan to return to the U.S.), you can travel outside the U.S. However, given the uncertainty of the situation, and until we have more information on how/if the new ban will be implemented, the University’s travel advice remains largely the same: If you are a non-immigrant visa holder from one of the six remaining countries on the list, we recommend that you continue to avoid discretionary travel outside the United States. We recognize that this may complicate your plans for Spring Break.

For all travelers going outside the United States, we are issuing the following recommendations:

 
  • Visit the site of the Office of the Provost, the International Center or the Office of International Affairs at Tufts School of Medicine to keep informed of any changes in immigration regulations, travel recommendations and resources.
  • Please ensure your passport is valid for reentry, that you hold the appropriate and valid visa in your passport, and that you carry with you all required immigration documents (e.g., Form DS-2019/I-20, valid passport, valid visa, etc.). Whether you are a student, scholar or employee of Tufts, it may be helpful to carry a letter from your Department noting that you are still a student, scholar or employee.
  • Be prepared for heightened security measures/extra screening at the airport, so plan accordingly (e.g., delays, more intrusive searches).
  • Consider whether you need to carry electronic devices, such as computers or cell phones. You should expect delays as well as more intrusive inspections. We have learned that personal electronic devices are now routinely being seized for inspection, so we would recommend that, if you are traveling, you should, if possible, seek alternatives to traveling with your devices. It may be best to travel with a "clean" laptop, if possible, and, if not, be mindful of any sensitive or confidential data that may be carried on or synced to your devices.
  • For Emergencies: If you are detained by immigration officials and unable to re-enter the United States following your trip, please contact the Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) at 617-627-3030. They will connect you with one of us, so we can try to assist you in returning to Tufts. Please note that the TUPD number should be used for emergency situations only in which your detention prevents you from returning to the United States.
  • For Non-Emergencies: For non-emergency situations, please contact Diana Chigas, Senior International Officer and Associate Provost (diana.chigas@tufts.edu) and Dana Fleming, Assistant General Counsel (dana.fleming@tufts.edu) with your questions and concerns. We would welcome information from students, faculty and staff who may be temporarily detained, who may have their Tufts’ devices searched, or who experience other interactions they wish to share with us.

New Restrictions on Electronic Devices and Possible Difficulties Entering the United States
 

On March 21, 2017, Transportation Safety Authority (TSA) restricted airline passengers from bringing large electronic devices (laptops, tablets, e-readers, electronic games, portable printers, cameras, etc.) in carry-on luggage on flights from the following 10 airports:
 
Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) (Amman, Jordan)
Cairo International Airport (CAI) (Cairo, Egypt)
Ataturk International Airport (IST) (Istanbul, Turkey)
King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED) (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
King Khalid International Airport (RUH) (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait International Airport (KWI) (Farwaniya, Kuwait)
Mohammed V Airport (CMN) (Casablanca, Morocco)
Hamad International Airport (DOH) (Doha, Qatar)
Dubai International Airport (DXB) (Dubai)
Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) (Abu Dhabi)
 
All travelers coming to the United States from these airports should place large electronic devices in their checked luggage.  Passengers can carry cellphones/smartphones on the plane.
 
For a fact sheet on the new security measures, see https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/21/fact-sheet-aviation-security-enhancements-select-last-point-departure-airports.
 
The United Kingdom has adopted similar measures for flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

 
Going on a university-related international trip?
 
Tufts is committed to the safety and well-being of its students, faculty and staff when they participate in these activities and realizes that some areas of the world present heightened health and safety risks. In particular, countries that have U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings have been identified as regions that require special efforts to mitigate risk.

In accordance with Tufts' Policy for International Travel Safety, all university-related travel has to be registered with the Tufts Travel Registry. All travel involving Tufts students to a country with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning has to be reviewed and approved by Tufts (no separate travel registration upon approval is necessary).

 
 
Questions?  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Global Operations Team at Tufts.

Chelsea Ferrell
Program Manager, Global Operations
617-627-4649 
internationalsafety@tufts.edu
 
Claudia Jackson
Director, Global Operations
617-627-3762
internationalsafety@tufts.edu
 
Last modified 04/19/2017