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Higher-Risk Destinations

All DU undergraduate students interested in traveling to countries or regions with 'high' ratings and all DU graduate students and faculty/staff interested in traveling to countries or regions with 'extreme' ratings on the Higher-Risk Destination list must request travel authorization from the International Travel Committee (ITC). The ITC assesses safety and security by reviewing U.S. Department of State, International SOS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other government's foreign affairs information, as well as a host of other sources. 

To request authorization, one must complete the appropriate DU Passport registration at least a month before the intended departure date. The International Travel Risk Analyst will then contact the traveler and facilitate the ITC's review. If approved, the traveler will receive a travel authorization email. If not approved, the traveler would not receive any funding, academic credit, or University support for the travels.

Note: undergraduate travel and travel by groups of students to areas subject to an "extreme" security rating or other regions designated as extremely unsafe for travel by the ITC is not permitted. While the University does not approve of graduate student, faculty, and staff travel to these areas, travel request reviews will be on a case by case basis. Travel may be authorized based on the necessity of travel, level of in-country support, specific location, measures taken to mitigate risks, and other factors. 

Considerations for Risk Ratings 

  • A 'border area' is considered to be within 22km (about 14 miles) or the border with the neighboring country
  • If traveling to a country noted to have OFAC sanctions, you must first contact Export Controls for clearance
  • If transiting through a high or extreme destination, you can do so without requesting travel authorization unless you are staying more than 24 hours in the airport or are planning to leave the airport for any amount of time. 
  • Below are definitions of high and extreme security risk ratings: 

High Security Risk

Countries or areas with a HIGH security risk have regular periods of political instability and associated problems of poor governance, including high levels of corruption and failed or failing institutions. Protests are frequently violent and may target or disrupt foreigners. There may be a high level of incidental risk to travelers and expatriates from terrorism, militancy or insurgency. Communal, sectarian or racial violence is common and foreigners may be directly targeted. Violent crime rates are typically high and scams targeting foreigners are common and often have police complicity. Infrastructure and internal security and emergency services are poor and there may be regular abuses of due legal process. Certain parts of the country are inaccessible or off-limits to travelers. There is a persistent risk to travelers and expatriates and employment of security precautions is required to ensure personal protection.

Extreme Security Risk

Countries or areas rated with an EXTREME security risk may be in a state of war, failed states or states in which the government has lost control of significant portions of the country. Government control and law and order may be minimal or non-existent. There is a serious threat of violent targeted attacks against travelers and expatriates by terrorists, insurgents, sectarian, criminal or other extremist groups. Government and transport services are typically severely degraded or non-existent. Foreigners are likely to have no access to significant parts of the country. Armed escort and stringent preventive security precautions are essential and may not be sufficient to prevent serious injury, kidnap or loss of life.

Security Risk Ratings:   

 

Country High & Extreme Risk Ratings DOS Travel Warnings Sanctions

Afghanistan

Extreme – entire country

Travel Warning

 

Algeria

High - entire country

Travel Warning

 

Angola

High Region - North-east of Cabinda exclave

   

Armenia

High Region - Border with Azerbaijan

   

Azerbaijan

High Regions - Armenian border areas and Nagorno-Karabakh

   

Bahamas

  Travel Warning  

Balkans

   

OFAC

Bangladesh

High Regions: - Chittagong Hill Tracts; Dhaka

Travel Warning

 

Belarus

   

OFAC

Brazil

High Regions - Deprived areas of major urban centers

   

Burkina Faso

High Regions - Oudalan, Soum and Loroum provinces

Travel Warning

 

Burundi

High Regions - Cibitoke, Bubanza provinces; Bujumbura Rural, Bujumbura Mairie provinces

Travel Warning

OFAC

Cameroon

High Regions - Extreme north; Bakassi peninsula; Border with Central African Republic

Travel Warning

 

Central African Republic

Extreme – entire country

Travel Warning

OFAC

Chad

High - entire country

Travel Warning

 

Colombia

High Regions - Areas affected by guerrilla activity, including border areas with Venezuela, Ecuador; Cali 

Travel Warning

 

Congo

High Region - Pool region

   

Cote d'Ivoire

High Regions - West (Moyen-Cavally, Dix-Huit Montagnes, north-west of Bas-Sassandra) and north (Bafing, Worodougou, Vallée du Bandama, Zanzan, Savanes, Denguélé)

   

Cuba

   

OFAC

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Extreme Regions - North Kivu province (except Goma); Ituri district (Orientale province) except Bunia; central and northern Katanga (Mitwaba, Pweto, Manono, Malemba-Nkulu and Kalemie areas); High - Rest of the country

Travel Warning

OFAC

Dijbouti

High Regions - Borders with Eritrea and Somalia

   

Dominican Republic

  Travel Warning   

Ecuador

High Regions - Colombian border areas

   

Egypt

Extreme - North Sinai; High - Rest of the country

Travel Warning

 

El Salvador

High - entire country

Travel Warning

 

Eritrea

High Regions - Ethiopian, Sudanese, Djiboutian borders

Travel Warning

 

Ethiopia

High - entire country

Travel Warning

 

Gambia

High - entire country

   

Georgia

High Regions - Abkhazia, South Ossetia

   

Guatemala

High Regions - Guatemala City; Chiquimula, Petén, Zacapa and Izabal departments

   

Guinea

High - entire country

   

Guinea-Bissau

High - entire country

   

Haiti

High - entire country

Travel Warning

 

Honduras

High - entire country

Travel Warning

 

India

High Regions - Asom (Assam), Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, non-coastal districts of Odisha (Orissa), eastern areas of Maharashtra and parts of India-administered Kashmir

   

Indonesia

High Regions - Papua, West Papua

   

Iran

High Region - Sistan-e Balochistan

Travel Warning

OFAC

Iraq

Extreme – entire country

Travel Warning

OFAC

Israel

 

Travel Warning

 

Jamaica

High Regions - West Kingston, Spanish Town

   

Jordan

 

Travel Warning

 

Kenya

High Regions - Counties of Wajir, Mandera and Garissa (Garissa town and areas to its east); Nairobi; Mombasa; Counties of West Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Marasabit, Isiolo (north of Isiolo town), Garissa (areas west of Garissa town) and Lamu

Travel Warning

 

Kyrgyzstan

High Regions - Batken province, the international border regions of Osh and Jalal-Abad provinces

   

Lebanon

High Regions - Bekaa valley, Akkar, Hasbaya districts; Tripoli

Travel Warning

OFAC

Liberia

   

OFAC

Libya

Extreme – entire country

Travel Warning

OFAC

Madagascar

High Regions - Anosy (except its capital Fort Dauphin (Tôlanaro)) and Atsimo-Atsinanana regions (south-east) 

   

Mali

Extreme Regions - Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal regions; High Regions - Border with Mauritania, Mopti region, Segou region

Travel Warning

 

Mauritania

High Regions - Eastern desert areas

Travel Warning

 

Mexico

High Regions - Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Guerrero, Durango, Jalisco, Morelos, Michoacán and Mexico states

Travel Warning

 

Mozambique

High Regions - Rural areas of Sofala, Manica, and Zambezia provinces

   

Myanmar

High Regions - Chinese, Thai and Bangladeshi border areas; Insurgency-affected areas

   

Nepal

High Region - South

   

Niger

High Region - North, border areas with Mali; Areas of Zinder, Diffa regions bordering Nigeria

Travel Warning

 

Nigeria

Extreme Region - Borno State; High - Rest of the country

Travel Warning

 

North Korea

*Travel Ban in Effect* Extreme – entire country

Travel Warning

OFAC

Pakistan

Extreme Regions - Districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bordering the FATA; Balochistan except for Gwadar and central districts; Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA); High - Rest of the country

Travel Warning

 

Palestinian Territories

Extreme Region - Gaza

Travel Warning 

 

Panama

High Region - Darien

   

Papua New Guinea

High - entire country

   

Peru

High Regions - Ene, Apurimac and Mantaro River Valley (VRAEM)

   

Philippines

High Regions - Areas of insurgency, especially Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago; Central Visayas, including both Cebu and Bohol provinces

Travel Warning

 

Russia

High Regions - The North Caucasus republics of Dagestan, Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria

 

OFAC

Rwanda

High Regions - Border areas with Burundi and Democratic Republic of the Congo

   

Saudi Arabia

High Regions - Iraq border areas; Yemen border areas

Travel Warning

 

Somalia

Extreme – entire country

Travel Warning

OFAC

South Africa

High Regions - Deprived urban areas

   

South Sudan

Extreme – entire country

Travel Warning

OFAC

Sri Lanka

High Regions - Northern province outside Jaffa and Eastern province

   

Sudan

Extreme Region - Darfur; High Regions - South Kordofan, West Kordofan and Blue Nile states

Travel Warning

OFAC

Syria

Extreme – entire country

Travel Warning

OFAC

Tajikistan

High Regions - Afghan border; districts of Garm, Tavildara (both Rasht Valley in the region of Republican Subordination); Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast

   

Thailand

High Regions - Areas of southern insurgency, especially Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani

   

Trinidad & Tobago

High Regions - Laventille, Beetham

   

Tunisia

High Regions - Libyan border areas

Travel Warning

 

Turkey

High - entire country

Travel Warning

 

Turks & Caicos

  Travel Warning   

Uganda

High Regions - Border areas with Congo (DRC), South Sudan

   

Ukraine

Extreme Regions - Eastern border regions (Donetsk and Luhansk); High - Rest of the country

Travel Warning

OFAC

Uzbekistan

High Regions - Afghan, Kyrgyz borders, Fergana Valley

   

Venezuela

High - entire country

Travel Warning

OFAC

Yemen

Extreme – entire country

Travel Warning

OFAC

Zimbabwe

   

OFAC

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