Restricted Regions List
Important: No student, faculty, or staff can be required to travel to a location on the Restricted Regions List below.
- View or Download an explanation of the criteria and ratings (PDF) for Restricted Regions.
Travel to Restricted Regions
You must apply for approval in order to travel to a Restricted Region. Instructions and request forms can be found on the Request Restricted Region Travel Approval page.
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Understand Your Risks
Travel anywhere comes with risk. Be prepared and aware by visiting these links where you can learn more about specific risks associated with your destination:
- U.S. Department of State Country Information
- U.S. Department of State Country Fact Sheet
- On Call International Information Portal (UT Group ID 100143CPPD21)
- U.S. Embassies & Consulates
- Overseas Security Council (OSAC)
- BBC World News by Region
- NPR World News by Region
Many governments issue travel advisories based on perceived health and safety risks for locations across the globe. These advisories are often regional, and address risks pertaining to weather, the local political situation, social unrest, transportation considerations, access to healthcare, and more. Listed below are a few links to government-issued travel advisories (in English):
Risk Rating Legend
An international location is considered High Risk and a Restricted Region if any one of the following applies:
On Call International:
- Level 5 (Critical) risk rating or
- Level 4 (High Risk) risk rating
U.S. Department of State (USDOS) Travel Advisories:
- Level 4: (Do Not Travel) travel advisory or
- Level 3: (Reconsider Travel) travel advisory
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):
- Level 4 (Very High - Avoid All Travel) COVID-19 travel health notice or
- Level 3 (High - Avoid Non-Essential Travel) travel health notice
UT Austin International Oversight Committee (IOC):
- Any country or region of country with emerging threats or risk that is deemed concerning to the safety and wellbeing of employees and students.