System Office of Risk Services



The University of Alaska has restricted UA travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the countries affected by CDC warning level 3.  

UA emergency travel restriction:

Emergency Travel Restriction - Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone  

CDC warning level 3:    

Private travelers

Travelers to countries affected by the Ebola outbreak in several West African countries should closely monitor updated information available concerning the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The Ebola outbreak presents health and travel risks. The outbreak has affected the ability to travel to and from, as well as within, the affected countries. Travelers have encountered difficulties in securing alternative travel arrangements. Travelers are strongly encouraged to heed CDC, WHO, and U.S State Department ’s cautions regarding travel in this region. Returning travelers are asked to report to public health officials. Travelers with a potential exposure should monitor their health for 21 days post exposure. Regardless, any traveler who becomes ill, even if only a fever, should consult a health-care provider immediately  




CDC issues Level 3 Travel Warning
The CDC has issued a warning to avoid nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. This Level 3 travel warning is a reflection of the worsening Ebola outbreak in this region and the severity of the illness. For more details, visit:
World Health Organization (WHO) declares Public Health Emergency of International Concern
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.  The current outbreak began in Guinea in December 2013 and currently involves transmission in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. 
US State Department provides travel alerts
The US State Department maintains links that provide updated information for travelers. The State Department is providing information about Ebola for travelers, in addition to their “country specific” service that provides information about situations within specific countries, including travel alerts, travel warnings and advice.
Ebola fact sheet
Country specific link

The U.S Department of State maintains an excellent website,, containing information for students abroad, entry/exit requirements, travel warnings and alerts, crises planning, health and medical information, accessibility for the disabled, and a multitude of other facts and resources.   At a minimum, students and employees traveling to foreign countries should access the site for current travel advisories prior to departure.

In addition, following is a link to the International Resource Center which was built in partnership between the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA) and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). The Center contains a wealth of information geared towards higher ed including cash management, finance, human resources, legal, research compliance, and risk management:

On this page, you will find UA resources for your travel safety and security.

Procedures, Guides and Checklists

     A Safety Guide
Emergency Plan Form
Planning and Resources


  The following coverages are by application only:

  The following are automatic coverages applicable to UA employees:

Worldwide Travel Assistance Services

These services, available under two policies (Travel Accident & Foreign Liability) are automatic conditioned upon the appropriate authorization for University of Alaska employee travel.

Travel Accident policy assistance services:

Assistance Services - Call 1-800-626-2427 inside the U.S. or collect 0-713-267-2525 if outside the U.S.:

Pre-Travel Assistance

o Advice on required and recommended immunizations
o Health information and precautions for medically remote or underserved areas
o Information for handicapped or disabled travelers
o Help in arranging special medical services needed while traveling

Medical Emergency Services

o Worldwide, 24-hour medical location service
o Medical case monitoring, arrange communication between patient, family, physicians, employer, consulate, etc.
o Medical transportation arrangements
o Emergency message service for medical situations

Legal Assistance

o Arranging contact with a local English-speaking attorney
o Worldwide, 24-hour contact for non-criminal legal emergencies
o Legal referral to help you locate a consular official or attorney

Travel Assistance

o Worldwide, 24-hour telephone contact for advice on handling losses and delays
o Help with lost passports, tickets and documents
o Advice on filing travel-related claims
o Arrange shipments of forgotten, lost or stolen items
o Relay emergency messages

Emergency Evacuation
Repatriation of Remains

Foreign Liability policy assistance services:

Call toll free (800) 766-8206 from within the USA or Canada.
Call collect (202) 659-7777 if you are outside the USA or Canada

Employee ID Cards and Passport Stickers are available through by contacting the System Office of Risk Services in Fairbanks.

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