Category Special Reports
Carnival and Mardi Gras are celebrated in many countries. If you will travel to a location that is celebrating Carnival and Mardi Gras, consider the following recommendations from the U.S. Department of State, the CDC and the International Risk and Safety Office.
Official sources report on risks due to: conflict and terrorism in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Tunisia and Egypt; crime and social unrest in Mozambique, Venezuela and Brazil; demonstrations in Belgium, Cameroon, Albania, Haiti, Moldova, and Nigeria; health risks in Argentina, Brazil, Europe, Multistate (World), and Nigeria, and Ebola outbreak risks in Democratic Republic of the Congo; law and culture in Gaza and Mozambique; natural disasters and climate in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Mauritius, New Zealand, Peru and Puerto Rico, United States; and mass gathering risks in Bangladesh.
Official sources report on risks due to: conflict and terrorism in Benin, Chad, and Qatar; crime and social unrest in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Thailand, and Venezuela; demonstrations in Comoros, El Salvador, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Venezuela; entry and exit requirements in Uzbekistan; health risks in Brazil, Multistate (World and Europe), Fiji, France, Spain, and United Kingdom; Ebola outbreak risks in Democratic Republic of the Congo; natural disasters and climate in Australia, Brazil, Chile, United States, and Cuba; and various other risks in India.
Lunar New Year is a traditional holiday celebrated in China and other East Asian countries. The Lunar New Year celebration is known as well as the Spring Festival. It traditionally runs from Lunar New Year’s Eve through the Lantern Festival, for a period of approximately 14 days. For 2019 the Spring Festival runs February 4 through February 10, and celebrates the Year of the Pig. If you will travel to celebrate the Lunar New Year, read health and safety recommendations from the U.S. Department of State, the CDC and International Risk and Safety.
Winter weather presents hazards including slippery roads and surfaces, strong winds and environmental cold. Winter storms can bring snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Major cities can be paralyzed by snow and ice. Keeping warm and healthy requires extra precautions, and people can be injured in accidents related to slippery roads. Even in mild climates, wind and rain can produce cold-related injuries in temperatures as warm as 50°F. Learn more about cold weather safety.
The International Center wants to wish you a wonderful Winter Break!
The University will be closed for Winter Break from Monday, December 24, 2018 through January 1, 2019,and will re-open on January 2, 2019.
If you will travel outside the U.S. during Winter Break, please consider taking enhanced precautions, prepare for an emergency, and follow standard travel advice.
If you will travel abroad this upcoming Winter Break, consider these recommendations from the U.S. Department of State, the CDC, and International Risk and Safety at UT Dallas.