Personal Safety & Laws2018-03-06T08:29:01+00:00

Personal Safety and Laws

  • Keep Valuables Safe
  • Secure valuables in a lock box, or safe (passport, $, and other items)
  • Use a bike lock whenever possible
  • Don’t leave personal identifying information (passport, etc.) unattended
  • Don’t allow other people to cash your checks or use your bank account
  • Write down serial numbers of valuable items. This helps police identify owners, if items are recovered
  • Put personal identifying marks on items
  • Ways to Avoid Problems
  • Obey the United States alcohol drinking age of 21. Drinking or purchasing alcohol for anyone under 21 is prohibited. You must be 21 to enter bars, nightclubs or purchase alcohol. Photo ID is required
  • Keep noise and music to a minimum after 9 pm; excessive noise is prohibited
  • Become familiar with the area and street names
  • No open open alcohol containers in public or in vehicles
  • Talk to your employer about getting an Iowa photo ID card and make copies of your passport and carry those copies
  • Iowa ID card is recommended as your photo ID card so you can keep your passport in a safe place. More information on how to obtain later in document.
  • Carry your sponsor card and/or insurance info at all times
  • Don’t walk alone
  • Don’t wear dark clothes at night
  • Be aware that harassment and assault laws are very strict in the U.S.
  • Nudity in public areas is prohibited
  • Obey traffic laws the same as you would in a car