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Travel Waiver Policy for High-Risk Destinations

The Office for Education Abroad does not conduct education abroad programming in countries designated as high-risk unless a waiver is approved. Program directors may apply for a waiver through OIHS. Further details may be found below or you may contact us for more information.


On January 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of State changed its consular safety and security messaging system. Travel Warnings are no longer issued and have been replaced with the Travel Advisory system whereby each country is issued an advisory level according to a 4-point scale. You can read more about this new system at the Department of State Travel website

MSU policy has updated accordingly. Any education abroad programs that operate in high-risk destinations are required to obtain a waiver at least three months in advance of the program's departure. The Office of International Health and Safety will be in touch with programs that require a waiver to schedule a meeting with the Risk and Security Assessment Committee.

Waiver requests are reviewed by the committee which makes a recommendation to the Provost. The Provost ultimately decides whether a waiver request will be granted. If you have any questions, please contact us.


Countries Requiring a Waiver

Afghanistan

Kyrgyzstan

Algeria

Lebanon

Anguilla

Liberia

Bangladesh

Libya

British Virgin Islands

Mali

Burkina Faso

Mauritania

Burundi

Mexico

Cameroon

Mozambique

Central African Republic

Myanmar

Chad

Niger

Colombia

Nigeria

Democratic Republic of the Congo

North Korea

Cote d'Ivoire

Pakistan

Cuba

Papua New Guinea

Dominica

Philippines

Egypt

Russia

El Salvador

Sierra Leone

Eritrea

Somalia

Ethiopia

South Sudan

Guatemala

Sudan

Guinea

Syria

Guinea-Bissau

Tajikistan

Haiti

Togo

Honduras

Tunisia

Indonesia

Turkey

Iran

Uganda

Iraq

Ukraine

Israel

Venezuela

Kenya

Yemen

Kosovo

Zimbabwe