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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.

The list of high-risk destinations that require a waiver changes regularly, so bookmark this page and check it frequently. The Risk and Security Assessment Committee considers the following sources in determining when a waiver is required: the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Health Notices, the Office of International Health and Safety, and MSU security information provider analysis.

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.


Destinations Requiring a Waiver

Afghanistan
Algeria
Bangladesh
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Colombia
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cote d'Ivoire
Egypt
El Salvador
Ethiopia
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Honduras
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Kenya
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Mali
Mauritania
Mexico
Myanmar (Burma)
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
Pakistan
Palestinian Territories (West Bank, Gaza)
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Russia
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Sudan
Sudan
Syria
Tajikistan
Togo
Turkey
Uganda
Ukraine
Venezuela
Yemen
Zimbabwe