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The 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:

  • All countries with a current U.S. Department of State Travel Warning, and
  • All international locations with an International SOS travel risk rating of High or Extreme, whether or not there is an accompanying U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.

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 IOC@austin.utexas.edu 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 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 / Congo / Côte d'IvoireDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC) / Ecuador / Egypt / El Salvador / Eritrea / Ethiopia / Georgia / GuatemalaGuinea-Bissau / Haiti / Honduras / India / Indonesia / Iran* / Iraq* / Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza / Jamaica / Kenya / Kyrgyzstan / Lebanon / Libya / Madagascar / Mali / Mauritania / Mexico / Nepal / Niger / Nigeria / North Korea* / Pakistan / Panama / Papua New Guinea / Peru / Philippines / Russia / Saudi ArabiaSomalia / South Africa /South SudanSudan / Syria / Tajikistan / Thailand / Trinidad and Tobago / Tunisia / Turkey / Uganda / Ukraine / 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 Restricted Regions List is available in PDF format

Requesting Travel Authorization to a Restricted Region

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Click on a date range to view archived versions of the Restricted Regions Lists:

February 18, 2014 - February 20, 2014
February 12, 2014 - February 17, 2014
November 25, 2013 - February 11, 2014
November 1 - November 24, 2013
September 10, 2013 - October 31, 2013
September 6, 2013 - September 9, 2013
August 14, 2013 - September 5, 2013
July 1, 2013 - August 13, 2013
May 17, 2013  June 30, 2013
April 11, 2013 - May 16, 2013
March 24, 2013 - April 10, 2013
March 8, 2013 - March 24, 2013
February 28, 2013 - March 7, 2013
February 14, 2013 - February 27, 2013
January 28, 2013 - February 13, 2013
December 14, 2012 - January 27, 2013
October 14, 2012 - December 13, 2012
September 12 - October 13, 2012
April 5, 2012 - September 11, 2012
December 14, 2011 - April 4, 2012
November 30, 2011 - December 13, 2011
November 8, 2011 - November 29, 2011
October 26, 2011 - November 8, 2011
September 7, 2011 - October 26, 2011
June 23, 2011 - September 7, 2011
March 14, 2011 - June 22, 2011
March 7, 2011 - March 13, 2011
February 21, 2011 - March 6, 2011
February 18, 2011 - February 20, 2011
January 31, 2011 - February 17, 2011
January 21, 2011 - January 30, 2011
January 12, 2011 - January 20, 2011
May 5, 2010 - January 11, 2011

Note: The UT Austin Restricted Regions Travel Policy went into effect in May 2010.  The Travel Policy does not apply to travel which took place prior to May 2010.

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