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 03/06/17)
Issued by U.S. State Department. No MIT warning level. Please read Worldwide Caution

Europe Travel Alert (as of 09/01/17, expires 11/30/17)
Issued by U.S. State Department. No MIT warning level. Please read Europe Travel Alert

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 (as of 03/21/17)

Extreme

Algeria (as of 06/21/17)

High

Other areas

Moderate

Algiers province (wilaya)

Bahamas (as of 09/06/17)

Moderate

Balkans-related

Sanctioned

Bangladesh (as of 01/05/17)

High

Entire country

Belarus

Sanctioned

Burkina Faso (as of 06/07/17)

Extreme

Northern Part of the Sahel Region, border areas with Niger and Mali

High

Remainder of Country

Burundi (as of 06/26/17)

High

Cameroon (as of 10/02/17)

Extreme

Far North, North, Adamaoua, and East Regions, also Adamawa region areas north and east of the city of Ngaoundere.

High

Areas within 60 miles of teh border wth Nigeria's Adamawa State in the North and Adamawa regions of Cameroon, the border area with Chad, and the border areas with the Central African Republic (CAR).

Moderate

Other areas

Central African Republic (as of 10/19/16)

Extreme
Sanctioned

Chad (as of 06/06/17)

Extreme

Remainder of Country

High

Capital city of N'djamena

Colombia (as of 06/16/17)

Moderate

Note that travel restrictions including modes and routes of travel in the travel warning for U.S. Government employees and their families apply to MIT student travelers.

Cuba (as of 09/29/17)

High
Sanctioned

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

Democratic Republic of the Congo (as of 10/16/17)

Extreme

Other areas

High

Kinshasa

Sanctioned

Egypt (as of 07/19/17)

Extreme

Sinai Peninsula except Sharm el Sheikh, Western Desert 

High

Religious sites outside Greater Cairo

Moderate

Other areas

El Salvador (as of 02/14/17)

Moderate

Eritrea (as of 09/25/17)

High

Entire country

Ethiopia (as of 08/25/17)

High

Haiti (as of 09/12/17)

High

Entire country

Honduras (as of 01/23/17)

High

Gracias a Dios Department

Moderate

Other areas

Iran (as of 08/15/17)

Extreme
Sanctioned

Iraq (as of 06/14/17)

Extreme
Sanctioned

Israel (as of 04/11/17)

See U.S. State Department Warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza for the detailed warnings and notice requirements.  Please contact Program for International Safety & Security at 617-324-7696 (Todd Holmes: tholmes@mit.edu) for specific guidance.

Extreme

Gaza Strip

High

West Bank (no travel to or through (except via Routes 1 & 90)); Exception for Jericho and Bethlehem (see Moderate below)

High

Within Israel

  • 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; 
  • Old City, Jerusalem: Fridays during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan;
  • Entrance to Old City during daylight hours only (from 8 am to 8 pm and via Jaffa Gate. 
  • ​Jerusalem: Prohibition from transiting public parks in central Jerusalem during the hours of darkness.
  • Tel Aviv: No transit via neighborhoods near the New Central Bus Station between dusk and dawn.
  • MIT travel is not permitted on public and inter-city buses (and associated bus terminals) in the West Bank. 
Moderate

Other areas; Jericho and Bethlehem: Travel must depart no earlier than 8 am and have returned by 8 pm;

Additional restrictions may be enacted through MIT / your program management based on information in U.S. Embassy Security Messages or other policy risk resources.  This is a reminder that enrollment in STEP is necessary to ensure travelers receive these security messages.

Jordan (as of 07/20/17)

High

Border with Syria and Iraq within 10 kms buffer, which includes the town of Ramtha.  Travel on Highway 10 east of the town of Ruwayshid toward the Iraqi border.  U.S. government employees on personal travel are not permitted to visit the border areas or refugee camps. 

Moderate

Other areas, tourist site of Umm Quais and the City of Irbid in the north. 

Kenya (as of 09/27/17)

High

Avoid travel to the border area between Somalia and Kenya, specifically the northeastern Kenyan counties of Mandera, Wajir and Garissa (including the cities of El Wak, Wajir, Garissa, Mandera and Liboi), the coastal counties of Tana River and Lamu in their entirety, all areas north of of Malindi in Kalifi County, and the Nairobi neighborhood of Eastleigh.  In Mombasa, the U.S. Embassy recommends U.S. citizens visit Old Town only during daylight hours, and avoid using the Likoni ferry due to safety concerns.

Moderate

Other areas 

Lebanon (as of 2/15/17)

High
Sanctioned

Liberia

Sanctioned

Libya (as of 01/27/17)

Extreme
Sanctioned

Malaysia (see Philippines below)

High

Eastern Sabah province and southern Sulu Sea area

Mali (as of 06/29/17)

Extreme

Northern and Central Regions

High

Other areas 

Mauritania (as of 10/12/17)

Extreme

Other areas

High

Nouakchott

Mexico (as of 08/22/17)

Please see U.S. State Department Warning and / or contact the Program for International Safety & Security at 617-324-7976 (Todd Holmes: tholmes@mit.edu) for specific guidance.

High

States of Coahuila, Guerrero, Tamaulipas.

High with Moderate areas / municipalities within the State and / or some movement restrictions apply – Certain parts of the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Colima, Durango, Estado de Mexico, Jalisco, Michoacan, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Veracruz, Zacatecas.

Moderate

Aguascalientes, Campeche, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Mexico City, Puebla, Queretaro, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Tlaxcala, Yucatan

Niger (as of 01/21/16)

Extreme

Diffa Region

High

Other areas

Nigeria (as of 04/05/17)

Extreme

States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara; Gulf of Guinea

High

Remainder of Country except areas noted under Moderate.

Moderate

Abuja, Lagos

North Korea (as of 08/10/17)

Please reference this link directly to read the specifics in the travel warning.

Extreme
Sanctioned

Note that the U.S. Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 147 / Wednesday, August 2, 2017 / Notices, Public Notice 10074 states that as of September 1, 2017, United States Passports are invalid for Travel to, In, or Through the Democratic People's Republic of Korea unless travel meets certain criteria.  The State Department directs travelers to inquire on conditions with The Bureau of Consular Affairs , Passport Services, Office of Legal Affairs at (202) 485-6500.

Pakistan (as of 05/22/17)

Extreme

Other areas

High

Islamabad Capital Territory & Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Rawalpindi only, Karachi, Lahore

Philippines (as of 07/17/17)

Please see U.S State Department Warning for additional information.

Extreme

The city of Marawi, Mindanao, the Sulu Archipelago including the southern Sulu Sea, the southern tip of Palawan

High

Other regions of Mindanao; eastern Sabah province of Malaysia; Central Visayas Region to include Cebu and Bohol provinces per the Philippines US Embassy Safety and Security page.

Moderate

Other areas

Russia

Sanctioned

(Magnitsky Sanctions)

Saudi Arabia (as of 03/29/17)

High

Within 50 miles of the Yemeni border, including the cities of Jizan and Najran, the city of Qatif in the Eastern Province and its surrounding suburbs, including Awamiyah, the city of Hofuf and its suburbs in Al Hasa Governorate.

Moderate

Other areas 

Somalia (as of 08/03/17)

Extreme
Sanctioned

South Sudan (as of 07/20/17)

Extreme
Sanctioned

Sudan (as of 10/18/17)

Extreme

Darfur states (Northern, Western, and Southern), Blue Nile state and Southern Kordofan state 

High

Other areas

Sanctioned

Syria (as of 10/18/17)

Extreme
Sanctioned

Tunisia (as of 05/02/17)

Extreme

Jendouba, south of Ain Drahem and west of RN15, Kef, and Kesserine, next to the Algerian border; Ben Guerdan and Medenine, next to the Libyan border; Gafsa and Sidi Bou Zid in Central Tunisia; the desert south of Remada (restricted military zone)

High

Other areas

Moderate

Governorate (wilaya) of Tunis

Turkey (as of 09/28/17)

High

Provinces of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, Bitlis, Elazig. Any areas along the Syrian / Iraq border.

Note that for Istanbul, there are restrictions on types of locations: 

  • Large, crowded areas such as shopping malls and houses of worship frequented by expatriates, entertainment complexes, nightclubs, public sporting / cultural performance venues, and crowded pedestrian thoroughfares.
  • Tourist destinations throughout Istanbul, to include historical sites, monuments, large bazaar markets, and museums.
Moderate

Istanbul (types of areas not included in High above) & other areas.

Ukraine (as of 06/27/17)

Extreme

Eastern portion including Donetsk, Luhansk and the Crimean Peninsula

Moderate

Other areas 

Sanctioned

Venezuela (as of 07/27/17)

Extreme

Yemen (as of 05/10/17)

Extreme
Sanctioned

Zimbabwe

Sanctioned