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High Risk Destinations

All non-essential outgoing domestic and international travel is suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you feel you have essential travel needs, please review the process for submitting a waiver request which must be completed first. If you are also going to a location with elevated or extreme security risks, the procedures described below may also apply.


Any students intending to engage in MSU sponsored international travel to one of the high risk destinations (extreme or elevated) listed below, including those traveling with faculty, must submit a waiver request at least 4 weeks before their scheduled departure. Groups may submit a single waiver request provided all travelers will be following the same itinerary. Faculty or staff traveling with students are encouraged to submit the waiver request on behalf of their student(s).

The waiver request is an online form. You may be asked to complete this form after you obtain a waiver for essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Travelers should make use of the following resources as they draft their waiver request:

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.

Important Note for Education Abroad Programs and Participants: There is a separate process for securing waivers for programs run through the Office for Education Abroad. For more information, please visit our education abroad webpage.

If a student’s itinerary does not include travel to a high risk destination within a country, they may be eligible for expedited review. With few exceptions, students will not be authorized to travel to extreme risk destinations. Contact us to review your itinerary.


side-by-side_sparty-night.jpgMSU Country Risk Levels

Review MSU's risk levels for various countries and access U.S. Department of State Country Information Pages. This database is updated regularly.