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Tips for Travel to Croatia. Jessa Bush Export Control Analyst The University of Oklahoma. How do we stay safe, healthy, and secure in Croatia?. Considerations when traveling abroad. Safety Issues Travel Advisories and Consular Information Sheets Registration with U.S. Department of State

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Tips for Travel to Croatia

Jessa Bush

Export Control Analyst

The University of Oklahoma



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Considerations when traveling abroad

Safety Issues

  • Travel Advisories and Consular Information Sheets

  • Registration with U.S. Department of State

    Health Issues

  • CDC Information

  • Insurance, prescriptions, finding doctors and hospitals

  • TB Policy

    Security Issues

  • Export controls

  • “Sensitive” information


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Be safe…

  • How much do you know about Croatia?

    • travel.state.gov

      • De-mining operations

      • Croatian Mine Action Center

        • http://www.hcr.hr/en/minskaSituacija.asp


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Be safe…

Hostilities in Croatia

ended in 1995, however

demining along former

confrontation lines is

not complete.


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Be safe…

  • Travelers to the following areas should use extreme caution

    • Eastern Slavonija

    • Brodsko-Posavska county

    • Karlovac county

    • Zadar and surrounding areas

    • Plitvice Lakes National Park


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Be safe…

  • Traffic Safety

    • No right turns on red

    • No use of hand-held cellular phones while driving

    • Headlights on at all times

    • Zero tolerance of driving under the influence

      • 0.00 Blood Alcohol level


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Registration with State

  • Why register?

    • Death or injury abroad

    • Arrest or detention abroad

    • Unforeseen crisis

      • Natural disasters

      • Terrorist events

        https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/


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Privacy Act5 U.S.C. 522(a)

  • Expressed (written) consent must be given in order for consular officials to share information with next of kin and/or congressional representatives


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Stay healthy…

  • Centers for Disease Control

    • Vaccinations

      • Routine vaccinations such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, etc.

      • Hepatitis A

      • Hepatitis B

      • Typhoid

      • Rabies


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Stay healthy…

  • Infectious diseases

    • Tickborne encephalitis (TBE)

    • Tuberculosis

      • OU Staff and faculty residing overseas for eight weeks or longer must comply with OU’s TB policy prior to returning to work

        • http://hr.ou.edu


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Stay healthy…

  • Bring the prescription medicines you take every day

    • Keep them in their original prescription bottles

    • Keep in carry-on luggage


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Stay healthy…

  • Health insurance

    • Domestic health insurance policies are generally not accepted outside the U.S.

    • Supplemental insurance info:

      • http://travel.state.gov

  • Health Care in Croatia

    • Hospitals are good, but medicines may be in short supply

    • Upfront payment may be necessary


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Security: travel and export controls

  • Are you taking equipment, materials, tangible items?

    • Export issues for the “exporter of record”

      • Temporary exports should get a TMP letter/laptop letter

      • Permanent exports

        • May require export license


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Security: travel and export controls

  • Import Issues

    • Increase in laptops being stopped at the border in other countries

    • Requiring “proof” that the laptop was not purchased overseas and therefore subject to taxes/tariffs


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Security issues for OU employees

  • Sensitive information

    • FERPA (student records)

    • HIPAA (protected health information)

    • Intellectual Property/Export controlled information

      The Risk:

    • Loss

    • Theft

    • Compromise


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Increasing the risk…

  • Government sponsored trips

  • Security clearances, past or present

  • Travel to countries with sophisticated or aggressive intelligence communities

    • China, France, Israel, Russia, Taiwan


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Tips for securing information

  • Best advice: Do not travel with your laptop

    • Use disposable thumb drives for presentations

    • Send copies of slides via disposable TD, CD, paper copy

    • Keep antivirus and security programs current

    • Be prepared to say “NO”


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If you must take a laptop

  • Encrypt HIPPAA and FERPA

  • Take a generic (blank) laptop with TMP letter

  • If you travel frequently, annual TMP certification and letter is an option


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Also suggested:

  • Pre-travel briefing

  • Post-travel debriefing

    • Equipment or materials

      • Lost

      • Stolen

      • Comprised

    • Suspicious contacts


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Recap: Be safe

  • Know your destination

    • Check travel warnings, PA’s, CIS’s

  • Register with State

    • Leave a copy of itinerary and passport info with next of kin

    • Privacy Act waiver with next of kin


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Recap: Be healthy

  • http://www.cdc.gov/travel

  • Check on health insurance, prescriptions

  • OU Tb policy


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Recap: Be secure

  • Be aware of

    • Export controls

    • Sanctions

  • Keep yourself, items, and information secure

    • Take laptop only if necessary and with proper security measures in place

    • Pre-travel briefing

    • Post-travel debriefing


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Contact info:

Jessa Bush

Export Control Analyst

405.325.5726

[email protected]


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