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Higher-Risk Destinations

All DU undergraduate students interested in traveling to countries or regions with 'high' security ratings and all DU graduate students and faculty/staff interested in traveling to countries or regions with 'extreme' security 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 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 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.

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.

Extreme Medical Risk 

Countries with an EXTREME medical risk rating have almost non-existent or severely overtaxed healthcare systems. This may be due to economic conditions, war and/or lack of governmental stability. Low-quality emergency services and dental care may not be accessible. Quality prescription drugs may not be available. Serious infectious disease such as typhoid, cholera, dengue fever, and malaria may pose a threat. Travelers with moderate or severe illnesses/injuries are likely to require an international evacuation. *Petitions for 'extreme' medical risk are not required; however, travelers must address risk mitigation efforts in their registration.

Security Risk Ratings:   

Country High & Extreme Security Risk Ratings Extreme Medical Ratings

Afghanistan

Extreme – Entire country

Extreme

Algeria

Extreme - Areas near the eastern and southern borders; Sahara Desert; High - Rest of the country

 

Angola

High Region - North-east of Cabinda exclave

 

Anguilla

High - Entire country

 

Antigua & Barbuda

Extreme - Entire island of Barbuda

 

Armenia

Extreme Region - Border with Azerbaijan

 

Azerbaijan

High Regions - Armenian border areas and Nagorno-Karabakh

 

Bangladesh

High Regions: - Chittagong Hill Tracts; Dhaka

 

Brazil

High Regions - Favelas: Ceilandia, Santa Maria, Sao Sebastian, and Paranoa; areas within 150km of borders with Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Paraguay; Recife's Pina Beach

 

British Virgin Islands

High - All islands

 

Burkina Faso

Extreme Regions - Oudalan, Soum and Loroum provinces; High - Rest of the country

Extreme

Burundi

High – Entire country

Extreme

Cameroon

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

 

Central African Republic

Extreme – Entire country

Extreme

Chad

High - Entire country

 

Colombia

Extreme Regions - Arauca, Cauca, Choco, and Norte de Santander Departments; High Regions - Cali and areas affected by guerrilla activity, including border areas Ecuador

 

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)

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Extreme Regions - North Kivu, South Kivu, Tanganyika, and Maniema provinces; Ituri province; Mitwaba, Pweto, Malemba-Nkulu, and Kalemie areas; Kasai, Kasai-Central, and Kasai-Oriental provinces; High - Rest of the country

 

Dijbouti

High Regions - Borders with Eritrea and Somalia

 

Ecuador

Extreme Regions - Colombian border areas

 

Egypt

Extreme - Sinai Peninsula, Western Desert, and Egyptian border areas; High - Rest of the country

 

El Salvador

High - Entire country

 

Eritrea

High Regions - Ethiopian, Sudanese, Djiboutian borders

Extreme

Ethiopia

Extreme Regions - Somali Regional State and areas bordering Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan; High - East Hararge region of Oromia, Danakil Depression region

 

French West Indies

High - St. Martin 

 

Gambia

High - Entire country

 

Georgia

Extreme Regions - Abkhazia, South Ossetia

 

Guatemala

High Regions - Chiquimula, Escuintla, Guatemala, Izabal, Petén, Quetzaltenango, and Zacapa departments

 

Guinea

High - Entire country

Extreme 

Guinea-Bissau

High - Entire country

Extreme 

Guyana

  Extreme

Haiti

High - Entire country

Extreme

Honduras

Extreme Region - Gracias a Dios Department; High - entire country

 

India

Extreme Regions - Jammu, Kashmir, and border areas near Pakistan; High Regions - Asom (Assam), Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, non-coastal districts of Odisha (Orissa), and eastern areas of Maharashtra 

 

Indonesia

High Regions - Central Sulawesi, Papua, West Papua

 

Iran

*The University does not allow travel to Iran for any University travelers due to government sanctions.*

 

Iraq

Extreme – entire country; High Region - Kurdistan 

Extreme

Israel, West Bank, & Gaza

Extreme Region - Gaza; High Region - West Bank 

 

Jamaica

High Regions - West Kingston, Spanish Town, and Montego Bay

 

Jordan

Extreme Region - Border with Syria and Iraq 

 

Kenya

Extreme Regions - Border with Somalia, Counties of Tana River County, Lamu, and Kilifi north of Malinda; High Regions - Counties of Wajir, Mandera and Garissa (Garissa town and areas to its east); Eastleigh Neighborhood of Nairobi; Old Town Mombasa; Counties of West Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Marasabit, and Isiolo (north of Isiolo town)

 

Kosovo

High Regions - North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan

 

Kuwait

Extreme Regions - Border with Iraq, City of Al Jahra, and Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh area in Kuwait City

 

Kyrgyzstan

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

 

Laos

High Region - Xaisomboun Province

 

Lebanon

Extreme Regions - Border areas with Syria and Israel, refugee resettlements; High - Rest of the country

 

Liberia

  Extreme 

Libya

Extreme – Entire country

Extreme

Madagascar

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

 

Mali

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

 

Mauritania

High - Entire country

 

Mexico

Extreme Regions - States of Guerrero, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas; High Regions - States of Baja California, Chihuahua, Colima, Estado de Mexico, Jalisco, Morelos, Michoacán, Nayarit, San Luis Potosi, Sonora, Tabasco, Veracruz, and Zacatecas

 

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

 

Nicaragua

High - Entire country

 

Niger

High - Entire country 

Extreme

Nigeria

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

 

North Korea

*Travel Ban in Effect* Extreme – entire country

Extreme

Oman

Extreme Region - Border areas near Saudi Arabia and Yemen

 

Pakistan

Extreme Regions - Baluchistan Province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province including the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA); High - Rest of the country

 

Panama

Extreme Regions - Darien, Mosquito Coast

 

Papua New Guinea

High - Entire country

 

Peru

Extreme Regions - Ene, Apurimac, and Mantaro River Valley (VRAEM) and border near Colombia in the Loreto Region

 

Philippines

Extreme Regions - Areas of insurgency, especially Malawi City in Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago; High Regions - other areas in Mindanao and Central Visayas, including both Cebu and Bohol provinces

 

Russia

Extreme Regions - The North Caucasus republics of Dagestan, Inigushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Chechnya, Mount Elbrus, and Crimea. High - Rest of the entire country

 

Rwanda

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

 

Saudi Arabia

Extreme Region - Yemen border areas; High Region - Iraq border areas

 

Sierra Leone

  Extreme

Somalia

Extreme – Entire country

Extreme

South Africa

High Regions - Deprived urban areas

 

South Sudan

Extreme – Entire country

Extreme

Sri Lanka

High Regions - Northern province outside Jaffa and Eastern province

 

Sudan

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

 

Syria

Extreme – Entire country

Extreme

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, Songjkhla, and Pattani

 

Trinidad & Tobago

High Regions - Laventille, Beetham

 

Tunisia

Extreme Regions - Border areas with Libya, Western mountainous areas; Jendouba south of Ain Drahem, Kasserine, Sidi Bou Zid, desert south of Remada

 

Turkey

Extreme Region - Border areas with Syria including the southeastern provinces of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, and Bitlis; High - Rest of the country

 

Turkmenistan

High Region - Border areas with Afghanistan

 

Uganda

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

 

Ukraine

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

 

Uzbekistan

High Regions - Afghan, Kyrgyz borders, Fergana Valley

 

Venezuela

Extreme Regions - Caracas and border near Colombia; High - Entire country

 

Yemen

Extreme – Entire country

Extreme

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