MIT International Travel Risk Policy

MIT follows travel warnings and advisories issued by the Department of State, Centers for Disease Control, and World Health Organization. These advisories are used to categorize countries with a travel warning level as Extreme, High, or Moderate risk.


For the safety of our student community, travel to countries or territories with Extreme or High travel warnings is not permitted, unless a Travel Risk Policy Waiver is granted prior to travel.

Visit the MIT International Travel Risk Policy website to learn about criteria and countries included in each category and how the policy applies to faculty, staff, and students. 

For questions on how the International Travel Risk Policy applies for your travel, contact Todd Holmes.

Student Travel Procedures

All Travel

All MIT undergraduate and graduate students must review and sign the Student Travel Risk Acknowledgement Form for all travel abroad on MIT business, regardless of destination. Completed forms should be submitted to the student’s department head and/or program manager, and to the Program for International Safety and Security prior to traveling.

High Risk Travel

If an MIT undergraduate or graduate student wishes to travel to a country or region that is listed on MIT’s International Travel Risk Policy with a designated warning of high or extreme, they must first complete the High Risk Policy Waiver Application.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than three weeks prior to estimated departure date.

The completed application and all required documentation should be submitted to the High Risk Travel Review Committee. The committee will review the request and supporting materials and advise the appropriate Dean (Undergraduate Education or Graduate Education) and Chancellor for final recommendation.