Destination Guidance

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Researching the conditions and risks in the places you wish to travel is one of the most important first steps you can take towards a successful journey. The Global Safety & Security office has collected here resources to assist in that process and is also available to provide individual consultations.

International Destination Risk Resources

U.S. Destination Risk Resources

Here you will find information and resources about the risks you may face in different destinations worldwide.

The destination risk categories listed correspond to the definitions and requirements in the Permissible University-Sanctioned Travel Guidelines.

Where the risk category is listed as "Check State Department Advisory," GS&S has not yet assigned an independent risk category to that destination. If such a destination has a...

  • Level 1 or 2 State Department advisory, it is Category A.
  • Level 3 State Department advisory, it is Category B.
  • Level 4 State Department advisory, it is Category C.

Note that some destinations may have multiple risk categories for different areas. Be sure to expand a destination's entry for full information.

Last update (April 20, 2022):

The following destinations are changed from Category B to "Check State Department Advisory," due to new State Department advisory procedures: Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and, Switzerland.

If you have questions, please contact GS&S for further guidance.

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Risk Category B
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Risk Category A
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Risk Category C
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Check State Department Advisory
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Risk Category X
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Mixed Risk (Expand destination for more info)
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Akrotiri and Dhekelia Check State Department Advisory

Risk Category C for the Nagorno/Karabakh region and within 50 miles of the border with Azerbaijan.

Check State Department travel advisory to determine risk category for all other locations.

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Ashmore and Cartier Islands Check State Department Advisory

Risk Category C for the Nagorno/Karabakh region and within 50 miles of the border with Armenia.

Check State Department travel advisory to determine risk category for all other locations.