|UT Restricted Regions List|
The 2013 Restricted Regions List in PDF format
The IOC maintains a Restricted Regions List indicating locations worldwide where approval is required for student, faculty, and staff travel. The IOC has the authority to determine what locations are on the Restricted Region List, including or excluding specific locations, as warranted. Locations are chosen based on careful examination of the most current U.S. Department of State Travel Warning, the expertise of International SOS, the University’s external security information and emergency assistance provider, and in consultation with other international security and health experts, as necessary. No student, faculty, or staff can be required to travel to a location on the Restricted Regions List.
The Restricted Regions List includes, but is not limited to:
Locations not meeting the above criteria may be reviewed upon request and, if necessary, included on the Restricted Regions List. If concerned about a location that is not on the Restricted Regions List, UT travelers should feel free to contact email@example.com to request a risk assessment. Absence of a country from the Restricted Regions List does not indicate that a location is safe or without travel risk.
The list is monitored regularly and may be updated by the IOC whenever specific conditions warrant. The Restricted Regions List is reviewed in its entirety on a quarterly basis. Locations on the Restricted Regions List are evaluated for risk and assigned to a category as described below.
Category 1 - Extreme Risk: All international locations with an International SOS Extreme Risk rating, regardless of U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.
Category 2 - High Risk: All international locations with an International SOS High Risk rating, regardless of U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.
Category 3 - Medium Risk: All international locations with an International SOS Medium or Low Risk rating and a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.
Category 4 - Variable Risk: (Does not apply to faculty/staff travel.) All international locations where part of that country has an International SOS travel risk rating of High or Extreme, yet there is no U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.
The following locations comprise the 2013 UT Restricted Regions List. Click on the appropriate country below for details.
Afghanistan* / Algeria / Angola / Azerbaijan / Bangladesh / Brazil / Burkina Faso / Burma/Myanmar / Burundi / Cameroon / Central African Republic / Chad / Colombia / Côte d'Ivoire / Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) / Ecuador / El Salvador / Eritrea / Ethiopia / Georgia / Guatemala / Guinea / Guinea-Bissau / Haiti / Honduras / India / Indonesia / Iran* / Iraq* / Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza / Jamaica / Kenya / Kyrgyzstan / Lebanon / Liberia / Libya / Mali / Mauritania / Mexico / Nepal / Niger / Nigeria / North Korea* / Pakistan / Panama / Papua New Guinea / Peru / Philippines / Russia / Saudi Arabia / Sierra Leone / Somalia / South Africa /South Sudan / Sudan / Syria / Tajikistan / Thailand / Trinidad and Tobago / Tunisia / Turkey / Uganda / Uzbekistan / Venezuela / Yemen
* These countries are not covered by UT’s International SOS policy. Travelers must contact IOC@austin.utexas.edu to find out how to ensure that adequate emergency assistance coverage is available.
Travel to Cuba: There are no IOC restrictions on travel to Cuba, however all faculty and students wishing to engage in professional or academic activities in Cuba should work directly with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to secure the necessary documentation for travel. For more information, visit UT’s Travel to Cuba page.
The 2013 Restricted Regions List is available in PDF format
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April 11, 2013 - May 16, 2013