International Travel Risk Policy Country Warning Levels

Please review the International Travel Risk Policy for information on how country warning levels are determined and their impact on the MIT community.

The list below is updated regularly. Dates in parentheses reflect the date a warning is issued or updated by the U.S. State Department (DoS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or World Health Organization (WHO).

Global/regional warnings and alerts

Worldwide Caution (as of 12/06/17)
Issued by U.S. State Department. No MIT warning level. Please read Worldwide Caution

CDC Global Health/Medical Travel Notices
No MIT warning level. Please review CDC notices for countries or regions impacted by Zika and other diseases.

Country-specific ratings

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Afghanistan (7/09/18)

Extreme

Entire country.

Albania (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy

Medium

The southern town of Lazarat.

Algeria (1/10/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

 

Extreme

Areas near the eastern and southern borders, & areas in the Sahara Desert.

  • Avoid travel to rural areas within 50 km (31) miles of the border with Tunisia and within 250 km (155) miles of the borders with Libya, Niger, Mali, and Mauritania. 

Antarctica (1/10/18)

Extreme

Armenia (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy

Extreme
  • Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Azerbaijan (1/10/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme

Nagorno-Karabakh region. 

Bahamas (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Balkans-related Sanctions

Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Bangladesh (7/3/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

High
  • Dhaka 
  • Southeast Bangladesh, including Chittagong Hill Tracts

Belarus

Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Belgium (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Belize (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Benin (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy

Medium

Urban areas.

Bosnia-Herzegovina (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Brazil (1/10/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme
  • Areas within 150 kms of Brazil's land borders with Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Paraguay.
  • "Favela" neighborhoods.
  • Brasilia's "satellite cities" of Celandia, Santa Maria, Sao Segastiao, and Paranoa during non-daylight hours.
  • Recife's Pina Beach from Dona Benvinda de Farias Street to the Brasilia Teimosa neighborhood after dark.

Burkina Faso (3/2/18)

High

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme

The northern Sahel border region shared with Mali and Niger.

Burma (Myanmar) (1/10/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

High

Rakhine State townships of Maungdaw, Rathedaung, and Buthitaung.

Burundi (1/10/18)

High

Entire country.

Cambodia (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy

Medium
  • Phnom Penh
  • Very remote areas of Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat, Siem Riep, Pailin, and Kampong Thom

 

Cameroon (4/11/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme

The Far North, North, Northwest and Southwest regions and parts of the East and Adamaoua regions.

  • In Adamawa Region, this includes any area to the north or east of Ngaoundere, especially in areas bordering northern Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR);
  • also within 60 miles of the border with Nigeria’s Adamawa State in the North and Adamawa Regions of Cameroon, the border area with Chad, and the border areas with the CAR.

 

Central African Republic (5/24/18)

Extreme

Entire country.

Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Chad (1/10/18)

High

Entire country.

China (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Colombia (1/10/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Note State Department travel restrictions for U.S. Government Personnel apply to MIT student travel.

High
  • Antioquia department north of Medellin,
  • Caqueta department,
  • Casanare department,
  • Cesar department (except increased caution [medium] in Vaalledupar),
  • Cordoba department (except increased caution [medium] in Monteria),
  • Guainia department,
  • Guaviare department,
  • Meta department,
  • Nariño department (increased caution [medium] in Pasto),
  • Putumayo department,
  • Valle del Cauca department (increased caution [medium] in Cali and the metropolitan area),
  • Vaupes department,
  • Vichada department.
Extreme
  • Arauca,
  • Cauca (except Popayan),
  • Choco (except Nuqui), and
  • Norte de Santander (except Cucuta).

Congo, Democratic Republic of (DRC) (2/28/18)

High

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme
  • the Eastern Congo and
  • the three Kasai provinces of Kasai Oriental, Kasai Central, and Kasai Occidental.
Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville) 1/10/18

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

High
  • The Pool Region, particularly the southern and western districts,
  • Pointe Noire’s beaches

Costa Rica (3/28/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

Medium
  • Central neighborhood in Limon.
  • Liberia city.
  • Desamparado neighborhood in San Rafael.
  • Pavas and Hospital neighborhoods in San Jose.
Extreme
  • Poas Volcano National Park 

Cote d'Ivoire (1/10/18)

Medium
  • Abidjan
High

Other areas

Cuba (3/02/18)

High

Overall country.

Sanctioned

Please see Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) / Export Control Guidance Documents for Travel To Cuba information.

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Denmark (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Dominican Republic (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Ecuador (4/18/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

Extreme

Provinces of Sucumbíos, Carchi, and Esmeraldas.

Egypt (1/10/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme
  • The Sinai Peninsula
  • The Western Desert
  • Egyptian border areas

El Salvador (7/13/18)

High

Entire country.

Eritrea (3/13/18)

High

Entire country.

Ethiopia (06/07/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

High
  • The East Harange region or Oromia state.
  • The Danakil Depression region in the Afar 
  • Border areas with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea.
    • The border areas with Eritrea in the Tigray and Afar regions.
    • The border with Kenya in the Oromia region. 
    • Gambella
    • Benishangul Gumuz adjacent to the Sudan border.
Extreme
  • Somali Regional State.

France (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Gabon (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy

Medium
  • Libreville and Port Gentil due to crime

Gambia (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

Medium
  • The Gambia's southern border with the Casamance Region of Senegal.

Georgia (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy

Extreme
  • South Ossetia and
  • Abkhazia 

Germany (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Ghana (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

High

Certain precincts of Accra:

  • Agbogbloshie, Avenor, Ashaiman, Nima, Sowutuom, Sukura

Certain areas of Upper West, Upper East, Northern Volta, Western, Brong Ahafo, and Ashanti:

  • Upper West:  Lawra and Wa Central
  • Upper East:  Bawku
  • Northern:  Bimbila, Bunkprugu, Tolon, Sagnarigu, and Yendi
  • Volta:  Nkwanta South, Hohoe, Ho Central, Adaklu, and Ketu South
  • Western:  Jomoro and Bia West
  • Brong Ahafo:  Techiman South, Tain, Berekum West, and Berekum East
  • Ashanti:  Bantama, Asokwa, Nhyiaeso, Manhyia North, Manhyia South, Suame, Oforikrom, and Asawase

Guatemala (1/10/18)

High

Entire country.

Guinea (2/16/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Guinea-Bissau (1/10/18)

High

Entire country.

Guyana (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Haiti (07/17/18)

Extreme

Entire country.

Honduras (1/10/18)

High

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme
  • Gracias a Dios Department.

India (1/10/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme
  • The state of Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital Leh).
  • Within 10 kilometers of the India-Pakistan border.

Indonesia (1/10/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

High
  • Central Sulawesi and Papua.

Iran (1/10/18)

Extreme

Entire country.

Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Iraq (1/10/18)

Extreme

Entire country. 

Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Israel (1/10/18)

Medium

Within Israel, restrictions on U.S. Government Employee Travel are applicable to students, if you have questions contact the MIT International Safety and Security Manager (Todd Holmes: tholmes@mit.edu) or the MISTI Israel program manager (David Dolev: ddolev@mit.edu). 

  • Jerusalem: Prohibition from transiting public parks in central Jerusalem during the hours of darkness.
    • Travel to the Old City in Jerusalem is allowed (only during daylight hours.  No travel during Fridays during the holy month of Ramadan).  Entrance only via the Jaffa Gate.
  • Tel Aviv: No transit via neighborhoods near the New Central Bus Station between dusk and dawn.

Additional restrictions may be enacted through MIT / your program management based on information in U.S. Embassy alerts or other policy risk resources.  This is a reminder that enrollment in STEP is strongly recommended to ensure travelers receive U.S. Embassy alerts.

High

The West Bank

  • MIT travel is not permitted on public and intercity buses (and associated bus terminals) in the West Bank.

Israel (areas within): 

  • The Golan: on or east of Route 98;
  • Lebanese border: within 1.5 miles of the border;
  • Gaza buffer (within Israel): within 7 miles of the Gaza demarcation line;
  • East Jerusalem: predominantly Palestinian neighborhoods such as Sheikh Jarrah, Shufat, Shufat Refugee Camp, Beit Hanina, Mt. of Olives, As Suwaneh, Abu Deis, Silwan, Issawiyeh, Tsur Baher, "seam areas", where Palestinians and Israelis intersect, refugee camps.
Extreme

The Gaza Strip

 

Italy (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Jamaica (1/10/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme
  • Some areas of Kingston.
    • Downtown Kingston, which is defined as the areas between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and south of Half Way Tree and Old Hope Roads, and includes Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens, and Arnett Gardens; Standpipe, Grants Pen, and Cassava Piece. 
  • Some areas of Montego Bay
    • Flankers, Canterbury, Norwood, Rose Heights, Clavers Street, and Hart Street.
  • Spanish Town

Jordan (1/10/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

High
  • Refugee camps
Extreme
  • The border with Syria and Iraq (w/in 10 kms).

Kenya (1/10/18)

Medium

 

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

High
  • Nairobi neighborhood of Eastleigh

  • Mombasa's Old Town.

Extreme
  • Kenya-Somalia Border Counties and Coastal Areas:
    • Border counties of: Garissa, Mandera, Wajir
  • Coastal areas:
    • Tana River county, Lamu county, Areas of Kilifi county north of Malindi.

Kosovo (2/27/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

High
  • North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan.

Kuwait (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

Extreme
  • The desert region near the border with Iraq.
  • City of Al Jahra in north of Kuwait City.
  • Jaleeb al Shoyoukh in Kuwait City.

Laos (7/11/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

Medium

Exercise increased caution in:

  • Remote areas along the border with Burma.
  • Areas of Savannakhet, Xieng Khouang, Saravane, Khammouane, Sekong, Champassak, Houaphan, Attapeu, Luang Prabang, and Vientiane provinces as well as along Route 7 (from Route 13 to the Vietnam border), Route 9 (Savannakhet to the Vietnam border), and Route 20 (Pakse to Saravane).
High
  • Xaisomboun Province due to civil unrest

Lebanon (1/10/18)

High

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme
  • The border with Syria. 
  • The border with Israel. 
  • Refugee settlements. 
Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Liberia (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

Medium
  • Urban areas and public beaches.

Libya (1/10/18)

Extreme

Entire country.

Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Madagascar (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

Medium

High-traffic tourist areas.

Malawi (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

Medium

The districts of:

  • Mulanje, Thyolo, Chiradzulu, Nsanje, Phalombe, rural Blantyre (outside Blantyre city), and rural Zomba (outside Zomba city). 

Malaysia (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

High

Eastern Sabah province and southern Sulu Sea area

Maldives (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Mali (1/10/18)

Extreme

Entire country.

Mauritania (1/10/18)

High

Entire country.

Mexico (7/16/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

High

Ratings for these states per the state-by-state travel advisory.  If uncertain contact the MIT International Safety Program Manager (Todd Holmes: tholmes@mit.edu):

  • Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Estado de Mexico, Jalisco, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sonora Zacatecas.
Extreme

These states:

  • Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas.

Moldova (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

Medium
  • Transnistria 

Monaco (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Mozambique (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

Medium
  • Maputo 

Nepal (7/5/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Nicaragua (07/07/18)

Extreme

Entire country.

Niger (1/10/18)

High

Entire country.

Nigeria (1/10/18)

High

Entire country.

North Korea (1/18/10)

Extreme

Entire country.

Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Oman (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

Extreme

The Saudi Arabia and Yemen border areas.

Pakistan (1/10/18)

High

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme
  • Balochistan province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
  • The Azad Kashmir area.

Papua New Guinea (3/01/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

High

Areas near the Panguna mine in Bougainville.

Paraguay (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

Medium
  • Amambay, Alto Parana, Canindeyu, San Pedro, and Conception departments.

Peru (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

High
  • Areas outside cities at night by car. 
Extreme
  • The Colombian - Peruvian border are in the Loreto Region. 
  • The area in central Peru known as the Valley of the Rivers Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro (VRAEM).

Philippines (1/24/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

High
  • Other areas of Mindanao: The Philippine government has declared martial law throughout the Mindanao region. The Philippine government also maintains a state of emergency and greater police presence in the Cotabato City area, and in the Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat provinces.
  • The vicinity of Mayon Volcano in Albay Province, Luzon.
Extreme
  • The Sulu Archipelago, including the Southern Sulu Sea. 
  • Marawi City in Mindanao.

Russia (1/10/18)

High

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme
  • The North Caucasus, including Chechnya and Mount Elbrus.
    • The north Caucasus region includes Chechnya, North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Stavropol, Karachayevo-Cherkessiya, and Kabardino-Balkariya, Mount Elbrus.
  • Crimea.
Sanctioned

(Magnitsky Sanctions) - If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Rwanda (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

High
  • The Rwanda-Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border.

Saudi Arabia (4/16/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme
  • Within 50 miles of the Yemeni border, including the cities of Jizan and Najran;
  • Qatif in the Eastern province and its suburbs, including Awamiyah; and
  • Hofuf and its suburbs in the al Hasa governorate.

Senegal (05/23/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy

Medium

Casamance

Sierra Leone (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Somalia (7/09/18)

Extreme

Entire country.

Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

South Africa (2/13/18)

Medium

Entire country. 

South Sudan (6/28/18)

Extreme

Entire country.

Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Spain (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Sudan (7/2/18)

High

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme

The Darfur Region, Blue Nile state and Southern Kordofan state.

Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Syria (1/10/18)

Extreme

Entire country.

Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Tanzania (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Thailand (1/10/18)

Aside from the specific area(s)/region(s) below, the rest of this country does not have a travel warning as described in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy.

High
  • Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla provinces. 

Togo (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Trinidad and Tobago (2/22/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme
  • Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queen's Park Savannah in the Port of Spain.

Tunisia (1/10/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme
  • Within 30 kms of southeastern Tunisia along the border with Libya. 
  • Mountainous areas in the country's west, including Chaambi Mountain National Park. 
  • The desert south of Remada.
  • Jendouba south of Ain Drahem and west of Route Nationale (RN) 15, el Kef, and Kasserine, next to the Algerian border. 
  • Sidi Bou Zid in central Tunisia. 

Turkey (6/28/18)

High

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

  • As this is a high risk country warning in the MIT International Travel Risk Policy, even transit airline flights through Istanbul to other destinations cannot be ticketed for student travelers. 
Extreme
  • Areas along the Turkey-Syria border and the southeastern provinces of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, and Bitlis. 

Turks and Caicos (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Uganda (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Ukraine (1/10/18)

Medium

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme
  • Crimea 
  • The eastern parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, especially the non-government controlled areas.
Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

United Kingdom (1/10/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Venezuela (1/10/18)

High

Overall country warning level except for other areas listed below. 

Extreme
  • On roads after dark outside Caracas. 
  • To certain neighborhoods within Caracas.
  • Within 50 miles of the Colombian border. 

 

Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Yemen (07/05/18)

Extreme

Entire country.

Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Zimbabwe (7/2/18)

Medium

Entire country.

Sanctioned

If you travel to a sanctioned country, review these tips for International travel and conferences and consult MIT’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs.