Higher Risk Review List

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The health, safety, and security of Princeton travelers engaging in research or study is of paramount concern to the University.  In increasing Princeton’s global engagement and presence, there is a recognition that these enriching experiences come with risks.  Accordingly, we encourage careful planning when traveling, especially to regions that pose heightened risks to health, safety, and security. Please review the full policy language and process for higher risk review before planning or booking international travel. The policy applies to graduate and undergraduate students. 

The University uses a multifaceted and nuanced approach in assessing the risks associated with travel to certain locations.

Students (graduate and undergraduate) are prohibited from travelling to locations where the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4 (“Do Not Travel”) travel advisory for either the country in general, or for a particular region or location within the country where the travel is planned.  If you are seeking an exemption to this prohibition, please write to tog@princeton.edu immediately.  Exemptions are awarded only in rare circumstances.

Princeton has identified a list of higher risk locations, based on the following inputs, to which students may travel only with approval from Global Safety and Security (GSS):

While travel review is not required for staff and faculty, we strongly recommend such travelers to seek advice from GSS if they are going to locations deemed higher risk.

The list of countries that require additional review and approval for higher risk include the following.  The list is updated twice per calendar year in August and February, and on an ad hoc basis in response to major events. Those countries that are listed below in bold type are U.S. Department of State Level 4; 

  • Afghanistan
  • El Salvador
  • Madagascar
  • South Africa
  • Algeria
  • Eritrea
  • Malaysia
  • South Korea
  • Angola
  • Ethiopia
  • Mali
  • South Sudan
  • Armenia
  • Georgia
  • Mexico
  • Sudan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Ghana
  • Mongolia
  • Syria
  • Bangladesh
  • Guatemala
  • Mozambique
  • Tajikistan
  • Benin
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Brazil
  • Haiti
  • Nepal
  • Togo
  • Burkina Faso
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Burundi
  • India
  • Niger
  • Tunisia
  • Cameroon
  • Indonesia
  • Nigeria
  • Turkey
  • Central African Republic
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Turkmenistan
  • Chad
  • Iraq
  • Pakistan
  • Uganda
  • China
  • Israel & Palestinian Territories 
  • Panama
  • Ukraine
  • Colombia
  • Italy
    • Uzbekistan
    • Congo
    • Jamaica
    • Papua New Guinea 
    • Venezuela
    • Côte d'Ivoire
    • Japan
    • Peru
    • Yemen
    • Cuba
    • Kenya
    • Philippines
    • Zambia
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Russia

     

    • Ecuador
    • Lebanon
    • Saudi Arabia

     

    • Egypt
    • Libya
    • Somalia