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High Risk, Elevated Risk, and Watch List Countries and Regions

All international travel poses risks for which you should prepare, as outlined in the worldwide caution issued by the U.S. State Department. The countries and regions on the Harvard GSS Travel Risk Ratings List, however, pose the greatest risks for most Harvard travelers and correlate with the student travel policies.

Last risk rating update: March 10, 2017. Learn more about our ratings.

  • Kabilye region
    Includes Tizi Ouzou, Bejaia, Bouira, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Jijel, Boumerdes, and Setif
  • Southern Algeria
    Includes Tindouf, Adrar, Tamanghasset, Illizi
  • Kachin State
  • Kokang region of Shan State
  • Rakhine State
  • Shan State (excluding Kokang region)
  • Nord and Extreme Nord Provinces within 100 km of the Nigerian Border
  • Within 40 km of the Central African Republic Border
  • Afar Region: Zones 1 and 2
  • Amhara Region: N. Gonder Zone
  • Beneshangul Region: Tongo, Asosa, and Metekel Zones
  • Gambella Region
  • Somali Region: Jijiga, Degehabur, Fik, Korahe, Warder, Gode, Afder, and Liben Zones
  • Southern Oromia: Borena Zone
  • Tigray Region
  • Western Ormomiya Region: W. Wellega and Illubabor Zones
  • Chiquimula
  • Izabal
  • Peten
  • Zacapa
  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • Asom (Assam)
  • Jammu & Kashmir
  • Meghalaya
  • Mizoram
  • Nagaland
  • Tripura
  • Aceh
  • Maluku
  • Papua
  • West Papua
  • West Bank
  • The Gaza Strip and surrounding areas within 10 km
  • Egyptian border (within 10 km)
  • Lebanese border (within 10 km)
  • Syrian border (within 10 km)
  • Iraqi border (within 50 km)
  • Syrian border (within 50 km)
  • Aguascalientes
  • Baja California
  • Chihuahua
  • Coahuila
  • Colima
  • Durango
  • Guerrero
  • Jalisco (excluding the metropolitan areas of Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta)
  • Michoacan
  • Morelos
  • Nayarit (border areas with Sinaloa & Durango, rural areas, & secondary highways)
  • Nuevo Leon
  • San Luis Potosi
  • Sinaloa
  • Sonora
  • Tamaulipas
  • Zacatecas
  • Manica Province
  • Sofala Province
  • Mali border
  • Nigeria border
  • North of Tahoua, Tanouf, and Ngourt
  • Chechnya
  • Dagestan
  • Ingushetia
  • Kabardino-Balkaria
  • Karachaevo-Cherkessia
  • North Ossetia
  • Burundi (western border)
  • Congo (DRC) border
  • Iraqi border (within 100 km)
  • Jeddah
  • Riyadh
  • Yemeni border (within 100 km)
  • Abyei Special Administrative District
  • Blue Nile
  • Darfur
  • Southern Kordofan
  • Afghani border
  • Garm
  • Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast
  • Tavildara
  • Algerian border (within 100 km)
  • Libyan border (within 100 km)
  • Diyarkbakir
  • Istanbul, Ankara, & Adana
  • Southeastern Turkey (provinces of Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Elazig, Gazientep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Mus, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sirnak, Tunceli, and Van)
  • Syrian border (within 20 km)
  • Congo (DRC) border
  • Karamoja
  • South Sudan border
  • Crimea
  • Donetsk
  • Eastern Ukraine (excluding high risk areas)
  • Luhansk
  • Afghani border
  • Fergana Valley

Other Countries and Risk Ratings

For information about countries not listed above, you can view country-specific profiles on the Harvard Travel Assist portal, which is maintained by our security partner, The Anvil Group. The Anvil Group assigns country risk levels independent of our ratings for Harvard travelers.

Country and region names may appear differently on The Anvil Group’s website. The information contained in their reports is obtained from a variety of international governing bodies. The geographic names that appear in those reports are not necessarily endorsed by Harvard University.