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Higher Risk Travel

Your well-being is our first priority. If you are interested in traveling to a country or region subject to a University Travel Warning, you will need to submit a Higher Risk Travel Safety Plan to help you think through how you are prepared to navigate your destination country and to gain university support.  

If you are traveling for university-related purposes to an area on the University Travel Warning List, you need to follow the instructions below (unless you are participating in a Global Classroom program -- check with your program leader for more information).  This process is designed to ensure that you are made aware of the safety and/or health risks associated with travel to such areas, that you are able to adequately prepare for travel to such areas, and that you fully understand that you do so voluntarily.  This process also allows the University to better manage risk and prepare for emergencies.

  1. Check below to see if your destination, where you are traveling on university-related travel, is on the University Travel Warning List.
  2. Thoroughly research your destination with a variety of sources, including those lsted in the 'Resources' section below.
  3. Submit your safety plan in the "Submit a Plan" section below.  You must also follow the regular EAO education abroad application/registration requirements outlined here.
  4. After submission, your plan will be forwarded to the Student International Travel Oversight Committee for review.  A normal review period is 3-4 weeks.
  5. If your plan is approved, you will complete the Destination of Higher Risk waiver.  UofSC can withdraw approval of the experience if the situation in the area changes drastically prior to your departure.  If the situation changes after you have arrived in the country, it will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

In some cases, the University Travel Warning applies to an entire country.  In others, the UTW applies only to a specific region(s) or area(s) of the country; in these cases, the traveler is only required to submit a higher risk safety plan if traveling for a university-related purpose to the UTW region or area.

Country

UTW Region(s) or Area(s)

Afghanistan

Entire country

Algeria

Areas near the eastern and southern borders and areas in the Sahara Desert due to terrorism

Armenia

Nagorno-Karabakh due to armed conflict

Azerbaijan

Entire country

Bangladesh

Entire country

Barbados

Crab Hill, St. Lucy; Ivy St. Michael; Nelson Street and Wellington Street, Bridgetown (at night); Jolly Roger & Buccaneer Cruises (at night) due to crime

Belarus

Entire country

 Benin

Northern regions of Benin, including Park Pendjari, Park W, and adjacent hunting zones, and Benin’s northeastern border area with Nigeria, due to terrorism and kidnapping

 Brazil

Favelas; Ceilandia, Santa Maria, Sao Sebastiao, and Paranoa during non-daylight hours; public busses in and around Recife; any areas within 150 km of Brazil’s land borders with Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Paraguay

Burkina Faso

Entire country

Burma

 Entire country

Burundi

Entire country

Cameroon

North, Far North, Northwest and Southwest Regions, and Parts of East and Adamawa Regions due to crime and kidnapping; Far North Region due to terrorism; and Northwest and Southwest Regions due to armed conflict

Cayman Islands

Entire country

Central African Republic

Entire country

Chad

Entire country

China

Entire country

Colombia

Entire country

Cote d'Ivoire

Entire country

Democratic Republic of Congo

Entire country

Ecuador

Carchi, Sucumbíos, and the northern part of Esmeraldas provinces, including Esmeraldas city, due to crime; Guayaquil, south of Portete de Tarquí Avenue, due to crime

Egypt

Entire country

El Salvador

Entire country

Ethiopia

Entire country

Georgia

The Russian-occupied regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia due to civil unrest, crime, and landmines

Guatemala

Entire country

Guinea

Entire country

Guinea-Bissau

Entire country

Guyana

Entire country

Haiti

Entire country

Honduras

Entire country

Hong Kong

Entire administrative area

India

The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest; and within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflic

Indonesia

Central Sulawesi and Papua due to civil unrest

Iran

Entire country

Iraq

Entire country

Israel, The West Bank and Gaza

All areas outside of Haifa and Tel Aviv

Jamaica

Entire country

Jordan

The border with Syria and Iraq due to terrorism and armed conflict

Kenya

Entire country

Kiribati

Entire country

Kosovo

North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan due to civil unrest

Kuwait

The desert region near the border with Iraq due to the prevalence of unexploded bombs and landmines

Laos

Entire country

Lebanon

Entire country

Libya

Entire country

Macau

Entire country

Madagascar

Entire country

Mali

Entire country

Mauritania

Entire country

Mexico

The states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Colima, Durango, Guanajuanto, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacan, Morelos, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas

Moldova

Entire country

Mozambique

Entire country

Nicaragua

Entire country

Niger

Entire country

Nigeria

Entire country

North Korea

Entire country

Oman

The Yemen border areas due to terrorism and armed conflict

Pakistan

Entire country

Panama

The "Mosquito Coast" (Caribbean side) and Darien Region (Colombian border) due to crime

Papua New Guinea

Entire country

Peru

Entire country

Philippines

The Sulu Archipelago, including the southern Sulu Sea, due to crime, terrorism,  civil unrest, and kidnapping; and Marawi City in Mindanao due to terrorism and civil unrest

Russia

Entire country

Saudi Arabia

Within 50 miles of the border with Yemen due to terrorism and armed conflict; Abha, Jizan, Najran, Khamis Mushayt; Qatif in the Eastern Province and its suburbs, including Awamiyah

Somalia

Entire country

South Africa

All areas outside of Cape Town, Durban, and Pretoria

South Sudan

Entire country

Sri Lanka

Entire country

Sudan

Entire country

Syria

Entire country

Thailand

Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla provinces due to civil unrest

Togo

Entire country

Trinidad and Tobago

Laventille, Bettham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain due to crime

Tunisia

Within 30 km of southeastern Tunisia along the border with Libya, mountainous areas in the country’s west, including the Chaambi Mountain National Park area, Jendouba south of Ain Drahem and west of RN15, El Kef, and Kasserine, next to the Algerian border, and Sidi Bou Zid in central Tunisia due to terrorism; and the desert south of Remada due to the military zone

Turkey

Sirnak province, Hakkari province, and any area within six miles (ten kilometers) of the Syrian border

Ukraine

Entire country

United Arab Emirates

Entire country

Vanatu

Entire country

Venezuela

Entire country

Yemen

Entire country

Zimbabwe

Entire country

The UTW List is updated when specific conditions warrant and is reviewed twice a year in its entirety.  The UTW List was last updated in September 2022.

Submit your Higher Risk Safety Plan here.

These are some resources that Global Carolina is using to track the impact and trajectory of the pandemic around the world.  You might find these helpful during your own research.  You should also research your country specifically -- you will likely find international and local news outlets to be the most helpful for country-specific information.

U.S. Government Advice

Case and Testing Metrics

The University Travel Warning (UTW) List is compiled of destinations deemed to be higher risk areas for travel by the University of South Carolina.  UTW decisions are made by the Student International Travel Oversight Committee (SITOC).  SITOC assesses safety and security by reviewing U.S. Department of State (DOS) travel advisories, the risk ratings of the university's international security vendor (Crisis24), and information published by other governments' foreign affairs commissions, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Generally, an area is included on the UTW List if it meets any of the following criteria: the area has a DoS advisory of Level 3 or 4; Crisis24 assigns a risk rating of 4 or 5 to the area; the country carries a CDC Level 3 advisory for reasons other than COVID.  SITOC may also determine that is appropriate to include or exclude additional areas based on other factors. 

 


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