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Travel Risk Ratings – High and Elevated Risk Countries

Updated 4/18/2014

Global Support Services rates the following countries/regions as posing the greatest risk for Harvard travelers. All international travel poses risks for which travelers should prepare. However travel to these particular places requires unusual precautions, and travelers should also consider whether the benefits of their visit outweigh the risks. Click on the country name for further information. For security information about other countries, click here. (Please note that our safety and security partners maintain independent country risk ratings. For Harvard Travel Risk Ratings, refer to those indicated below.)

How the Travel Risk Rating lists are maintained

rating = 1 = High-Risk:
This category includes countries or regions with war zones, wide spread militancy, asymmetric warfare, violent separatist movements or civil war, major epidemic zones, areas of pervasive ideological, political or criminal violence regularly impacting or targeting foreigners, or places without functioning or impaired government services including emergency services with little or no rule of law.

rating = 2 = Elevated-Risk:
This category includes countries or regions with low level conflict including frequent terrorist attacks, high internal tensions (tribal or political), violence that often impacts civilians and other non combatants, violence that may be state sponsored, a rule of law that is ineffective with weak emergency services, and/or an appreciable risk of violent crime perpetrated on foreigners. Countries may be placed on this list during periods of uncertainty or volatility.

rating = 3 = Watch List:
This category includes countries or regions that are not considered High-Risk or Elevated-Risk but that face trends or upcoming events likely to result in heightened risk in the near future. Countries or regions experiencing protract political demonstrations may be placed on this list.

Please select a country from the drop down list below:

rating = 1

Afghanistan

State Department Travel Warning reissued 2/20/2014

rating = 2

Algeria

State Department Travel Warning reissued on 2/6/2014

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Kabilye region

Includes Tizi Ouzou, Bejaia, Bouira, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Jijel, Boumerdes, and Setif

rating = 1

Southern Algeria

Includes Tindouf, Adrar, Tamanghasset, Illizi

rating = 2

Bangladesh

 

rating = 2

Bahrain

 

rating = 3

Brazil

 

rating = 2

Burundi

State Department Travel Warning reissued 4/3/2014

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Bubanza

 
rating = 1

Bujumbura Rural

 
rating = 1

Cibitoke

 
rating = 3

Cameroon

 

 

rating = 1rating = 2 Click for High and Elevated risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Nord and Extreme Nord Provinces within 100km of the Nigerian Border

 
rating = 2

Within 40 km of the Central African Republic border

 
rating = 1

Central African Republic

State Department Travel Warning issued 11/14/2013

rating = 1

Chad

State Department Travel Warning issued 4/15/2014

 

rating = 2 Click for Elevated-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 2

N'Djamena

 
rating = 3

Colombia

State Department Travel Warning issued 4/14/2014

 

rating = 1rating = 2 Click for High and Elevated risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 2

Amazonas

 
rating = 2

Antioquia

Note: Includes the city of Medellin

rating = 1

Arauca

 
rating = 1

Caqeutá

 
rating = 1

Chocó

 
rating = 1

Huila

 
rating = 1

Meta

 
rating = 1

Nariño

 
rating = 2

Norte De Santander

 
rating = 1

Putumayo

 
rating = 2

Valle Del Cauca

 
rating = 2

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

State Department Travel Warning issued 10/24/2013

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Equateur

 
rating = 1

Katanga

 
rating = 1

Maniema

 
rating = 1

North Kivu

 
rating = 1

Orientale

 
rating = 1

South Kivu

 
rating = 2

Cote d'lvoire

State Department Travel Warning issued 5/16/2013

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

All areas outside of Abidjan

 
rating = 1

Egypt

State Department Travel Alert issued 3/18/2014

rating = 2

Eritrea

State Department Travel Warning issued 11/18/2013

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Ethiopian

 

rating = 1

Sudanese

 
rating = 1

Djiboutian borders

 

rating = 2

Ethiopia

 

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Afar Region: Zones 1 and 2

 

rating = 1

Amhara Region: N. Gonder Zone

 

rating = 1

Beneshangul Region: Tongo, Asosa, and Metekel Zones

 

rating = 1

Gambella Region

 

rating = 1

Somali Region: Jijiga, Degehabur, Fik, Korahe, Warder, Gode, Afder, and Liben Zones

 

rating = 1

Southern Oromia: Borena Zone

 

rating = 2

Southern Region: South Omo and Bench Maji Zones

 

rating = 1

Tigray Region

 

rating = 1

Western Ormomiya Region: W. Wellega
and Illubabor Zones

 

 

Georgia

 

 

rating = 3 Click for Elevated-Risk Regions

 

Tier

Region

 

rating = 3

Abkhazia

 

rating = 3

South Ossetia

 

rating = 2

Guatemala

 

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

 

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Chiquimula

 

rating = 1

Peten

 

rating = 1

Zacapa

 

rating = 1

Izabal

 

rating = 1

Guinea (Bissau)

 

rating = 2

Guinea (Conakry)

 

rating = 1

Haiti

State Department Travel Warning issued 3/12/2014

rating = 2

Honduras

State Department Travel Warning issued 12/24/2013

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

San Pedro Sula

 
rating = 1

Tegucigalpa

 

rating = 3

India

 

 

rating = 1rating = 2 Click for High- and Elevated-Risk Regions

 

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Asom (Assam)

 

rating = 2

Bihar

 

rating = 2

Chhattisgarh

 

rating = 1

Jammu

 

rating = 2

Jharkhand

 

rating = 1

Kashmir

 

rating = 1

Manipur

 

rating = 1

Nagaland

 

rating = 1

Tripura

 

rating = 2

Andhra Pradesh north of the city of Warangal

 

rating = 2

Maharashtra State east of the city of Wardha

 

rating = 2

border districts of Orissa

 

rating = 2

Western districts of West Bengal

Includes East and West Medinipur, Bankura, Puruliya, Bardhaman, and Birbhum

rating = 3

Indonesia

 

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

 

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Aceh

 

rating = 1

Maluku

 

rating = 1

Papua

 

rating = 1

West Papua

 

rating = 2

Iran

State Department Travel Warning reissued 11/21/2013

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Sistan-e Baluchistan

 
rating = 1

Iraq

State Department Travel Warning issued 3/6/2014

rating = 2

Israel

State Department Travel Warning issued 2/3/2014

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

The Gaza Strip and surrounding areas within 10 kms.

 
rating = 1

Within 20 km of the Syrian border

 
rating = 1

Within 10km of the Israel/Egypt border

 
rating = 1

Within 20km of the Lebanese border

 
 

Jordan

 
 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Within 10 km of the Syrian border

 
rating = 2

Kenya

State Department Travel Warning issued 4/4/2014

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Lamu District

 
rating = 1

Mombasa

 

rating = 1

North Eastern Province

Includes El Wak, Wajir, Garissa, Mandera, Dadaab, and Liboi.

rating = 2

Korea (North)

State Department Travel Warning issued 11/19/2013

rating = 2

Kyrgyzstan

 

rating = 1

Lebanon

State Department Travel Warning issued 1/31/2014

rating = 3

Liberia

 

rating = 1

Libya

State Department Travel Warning issued 12/12/2013

rating = 1

Mali

State Department Travel Warning issued 3/21/2014

 

rating = 2 Click for Elevated-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 2

Bamako

 
rating = 1

Mauritania

State Department Travel Warning issued 3/12/2014

 

rating = 2 Click for Elevated-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 2

Nouakchott

 
rating = 2

Mexico

State Department Travel Warning issued 1/9/2014

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Aguascalientes

 
rating = 1

Baja California

 
rating = 1

Chihuahua

 
rating = 1

Coahuila

 
rating = 1

Colima

 
rating = 1

Durango

 
rating = 1

Guerrero

 
rating = 1

Jalisco (excluding the metropolitan areas of Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta)

 
rating = 1

Michoacan

 
rating = 1

Morelos

 
rating = 1

Nayarit

 
rating = 1

Nuevo Leon

 
rating = 1

San Luis Potosi

 
rating = 1

Sinaloa

 
rating = 1

Sonora

 
rating = 1

Tamaulipas

 
rating = 1

Veracruz

 
rating = 1

Zacatecas

 
rating = 2

Mozambique

 

rating = 3

Myanmar

 

 

rating = 2 Click for Elevated-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 2

Rakhine State

 
rating = 3

Nepal

 

 

rating = 2 Click for Elevated-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 2

Terai

 
rating = 2

Niger

State Department Travel Warning issued 3/27/2014

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Mali border area

 
rating = 1

Nigeria border area

 
rating = 1

Any area north of the towns of Tahoua, Tanouf, and Ngourti

 
rating = 1

Nigeria

State Department Travel Warning updated 1/8/2014

rating = 1

Pakistan

State Department Travel Warning issued 2/5/2014

rating = 2

Palestinian Territories

State Department Travel Warning issued 2/3/2014

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Gaza Strip

 
rating = 1

Papua New Guinea

 

rating = 2 Click for Elevated-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 2

Port Moresby

 
rating = 3

Philippines

State Department Travel Warning issued 1/10/2014

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Mindanao island

 
rating = 1

Sulu archipelago

 
rating = 3

Russia

State Department Travel Alert issued 1/24/2014

State Department Travel Alert issued 3/14/2014

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Chechnya

 

rating = 1

Dagestan

 

rating = 1

Ingushetia

 

rating = 1

Kabardino-Balkaria

 

rating = 1

Karachaevo-Cherkessia

 

rating = 1

North Ossetia

 

rating = 3

Rwanda

 

 

rating = 2 Click for Elevated-Risk Regions

 

Tier

Region

 

rating = 2

Western border with Burundi

 

rating = 2

border with Congo (DRC)

 

rating = 2

Saudi Arabia

State Department Travel Warning issued 2/11/2014

rating = 3

Senegal

 

 

rating = 2 Click for Elevated-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 2

Casamance

 
rating = 3

Sierra Leone

 

rating = 1

Somalia

State Department Travel Warning issued 2/7/2014

rating = 2

Sudan

State Department Travel Warning issued 4/10/2014

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Blue Nile

 
rating = 1

Darfur

 
rating = 1

Southern Kordofan

 
rating = 1

Abyei Special Administrative District

 
rating = 1

Sudan (South)

State Department Travel Warning issued 1/3/2014

rating = 1

Syria

State Department Travel Warning issued 10/7/2013

rating = 2

Tajikistan

 

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

 

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Garm

 

rating = 1

Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast

 
rating = 1

Tavildara

 

rating = 1

Afghanistan border areas

 

rating = 3

Tanzania

 

 

rating = 2 Click for Elevated-Risk Regions

 

Tier

Region

 

rating = 2

Zanzibar

 

rating = 3

Thailand

State Department Travel Alert
issued 2/14/2014

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Narathiwat

 

rating = 1

Pattani

 

rating = 1

Yala

 

rating = 2

Tunisia

State Department Travel Warning issued 10/4/2013

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Algerian border area

 

rating = 1

Libyan border area

 

rating = 3

Turkey

 

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Within 10 km of the Syrian border

 
rating = 2

Uganda

 

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

 

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Karamoja

 

rating = 1

Border areas with Congo (DRC)

 

rating = 1

Border with South Sudan

 

rating = 3

Ukraine

State Department Travel Warning issued 4/16/2014

 

rating = 2rating = 1 Click for Elevated and High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Crimea

 

rating = 1

Donetsk

 

rating = 2

Eastern Ukraine (excluding High Risk regions)

 

rating = 1

Kharkiv

 

rating = 2

Kiev

 

rating = 1

Luhansk

 

rating = 2

Uzbekistan

 

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

 

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

Fergana Valley

 

rating = 1

Afghanistan border areas

 

rating = 2

Venezuela

State Department Travel Warning issued 11/22/2013

 

rating = 1 Click for High-Risk Regions

Tier

Region

 

rating = 1

80 km within Colombian border

 

rating = 1

Caracas

 

rating = 1

Yemen

State Department Travel Warning issued 1/29/2014

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