Category 1 – Extreme Risk: All other areas of Afghanistan
Category 2 – High Risk: Badakhshan, Bamian, Daykundi, Ghor, Jowzjan, Panjshir, Samangan, Saripul and Takhar provinces
The risk ratings above are in accordance with the UT Restricted Regions List. If you are traveling to this location, please refer to the guidelines for Requesting Travel Authorization to Restricted Regions.
Before beginning the request process, we encourage you to visit the following websites to gain a better understanding of the risks associated with travel to this country:
- International SOS (UT Member ID: 11BSGC000037)
- U.S. Department of State Country Specific Page
- U.S. Embassy in Kabul
IMPORTANT: Afghanistan is 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.
BBC - Afghanistan Country Profile
Reuters - Afghanistan
CNN - Afghanistan
NPR - Afghanistan
NY Times - Afghanistan
The Washington Post - Middle East
The Huffington Post - Afghanistan
MSNBC - Afghanistan
The Economist - Middle East
Al-Jazeera - Middle East
Links to Local/National News Sources
The well-being of UT students, faculty, and staff is the primary concern of the UT-Austin International Oversight Committee. We realize that some areas of the world present heightened health, safety, and security risks, and so the resources above are provided to help UT travelers make informed decisions regarding their international travel.