Category Archives: Student Travel

In Some Countries Pokémon Go Can Get you Arrested, Injured or Killed

Catching Pikachu in some countries can be dangerous

 

Is there ANYONE who hasn’t heard of Pokémon Go? It is everywhere in the US and around the world.  And that creates some interesting problems for travelers to other countries.

We have all heard about the stories of Pokémon Go players in the US being in car crashes , falling off cliffs, trespassing on the grounds of a nuclear power plant, and even trying to play the game at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.

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EU Postpones Decision on Requiring Visas for Americans

Waiting to hear from everybody in the EU

 

The EU objected to the fact that 5 of the 28 member states are not part of the Visa Waiver Program and threatened to require that US citizens obtain visas to travel to Europe.

The EU met on April 12 to decide what to do. Their decision is give the European Parliament and the 28 member governments until July 12 for to offer advice on what the next step should be.

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You May Need a Visa to go to Europe

US citizens heading to Europe may have to apply for a visa before travelling

 

Today, you can travel to any of the 28 countries that are members of the European Union (EU) for up to 90 days without a visa.

That may change soon.

The EU is meeting on April 12 to decide if they are going to change the rule and require citizens of the United States and Canada to get a visa to travel to any EU country.

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North Korea sentences US college student to 15 years

How to stay out of trouble if you travel to dictatorship country

 

North Korea sentenced an American college student to 15 years of hard labor for “crimes against the state.” The 21-year-old student from the University of Virginia was found guilty for attempting to steal a political banner from his hotel in Pyongyang.

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The Need to Improve Study Abroad Safety

The death of 3 Columbia students in Honduras highlights the need to improve study abroad safety  

 

The death of 3 Columbia students in Honduras highlights the importance of keeping students on study abroad safe during their travel. I have written before about what universities must do to protect their student.

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Study Abroad and University Duty of Care

What universities must do to protect their students

The blog, Dialogues on Duty of Care has a very good piece entitled “Caring for Students, One Trip at a Time.”  The article talks about what universities must do to meet their duty of care obligation to protect students while on study abroad activities.

The writer says universities need, at a minimum to provide three kinds of support to avoid negligence. They are to provide insurance coverage, have a global assistance provider that can be reached 24/7/365, and a combination of individual traveler tracking, global emergency action plans and travel risk training for key staff.

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