Office of Global Affairs

Travel advisories and waivers

UW students

  • You must request a UW travel waiver if proposing to travel to a country on this list.
  • If you are traveling with a faculty-led program to a country requiring a travel waiver, your program leader will submit a group waiver request. You do not need to complete an individual waiver.
  • Review of individual requests can take up to 45 days.
  • Please review the Student International Travel Policy page for more information and FAQs.

Individual waiver

UW employees

  • If you are traveling to a country on this list, we strongly encourage you to contact the Global Travel Security Manager for support. Email or call 206.616.7927.
  • If you are leading a faculty-led program to a country requiring a travel waiver, you must submit a group waiver request. Your students do not need to complete individual waivers.

Group waiver

Travel waiver FAQs

Have questions? Please review the FAQs. Email or call 206.616.7927, if you need more information.

How are the countries on the list determined?

How has the State Department travel advisory system changed?

Previously, the U.S. State Department had a list of “travel warning” countries to classify higher risk destinations. As of January 2018, the State Department now has Travel Advisories for each country of the world. Travel Advisories include a level of advice, describe the risks, and provide clear actions U.S. citizens should take to help ensure their safety.

  • Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
  • Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
  • Level 3: Reconsider travel
  • Level 4: Do Not Travel

How are the Travel Advisory levels different at the national and sub-national level?

Each country has an overall Travel Advisory level of 1-4, but levels of advice may vary for specific locations or areas within a country. Levels of advice for sub-national areas may be labeled Level 1-4 or have the equivalent wording.

  • Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
  • Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
  • Level 3: Reconsider travel
  • Level 4: Do Not Travel

I am going to a country with a Level 1 or 2 Travel Advisory. Why is it on the UW list of countries requiring a waiver?

Although the country’s overall risk category may be low, there may be areas within the country that are higher risk. It is important that you are aware of these risks and avoid traveling to these areas (if possible), or you take certain safety and security precautions in consultation with the UW Global Travel Security Program before your departure.

How will I be notified of changes to the Travel Advisory level and receive new alerts for a country?

The U.S. State Department will post changes on their travel website. If you have signed up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), you will also receive updates. Updates from the U.S. State Department may also be sent out via social media. Twitter: @travelgov, Facebook:

I am traveling for personal reasons, do I still need to submit a Travel Waiver?

No. Travel waivers are only required for students traveling for official academic purposes or faculty-led programs.

Countries requiring a UW Travel Waiver

Last updated January 16th, 2020

Country Advisory Level
Afghanistan 4: Do Not Travel
Algeria High Risk Areas
Armenia High Risk Areas
Azerbaijan High Risk Areas
Bangladesh High Risk Areas
Barbados High Risk Areas
Benin High Risk Areas
Brazil High Risk Areas
Burkina Faso 4: Do Not Travel
Burma (Myanmar) High Risk Areas
Burundi 3: Reconsider Travel
Cameroon High Risk Areas
Central African Republic 4: Do Not Travel
Chad 3: Reconsider Travel
Colombia High Risk Areas
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) High Risk Areas
Democratic Republic of the Congo 3: Reconsider Travel
Ecuador High Risk Areas
Egypt High Risk Areas
Ethiopia High Risk Areas
Georgia High Risk Areas
Guatemala High Risk Areas
Guinea-Bissau 3: Reconsider Travel
Haiti 3: Reconsider Travel
Honduras 3: Reconsider Travel
India High Risk Areas
Indonesia High Risk Areas
Iran 4: Do Not Travel
Iraq 4: Do Not Travel
Israel, The West Bank and Gaza High Risk Areas
Jamaica High Risk Areas
Jordan High Risk Areas
Kenya High Risk Areas
Kosovo High Risk Areas
Kuwait High Risk Areas
Laos High Risk Areas
Lebanon 3: Reconsider Travel
Libya 4: Do Not Travel
Mali 4: Do Not Travel
Mauritania High Risk Areas
Mexico High Risk Areas
Mozambique High Risk Areas
Nicaragua 3: Reconsider Travel
Niger 3: Reconsider Travel
Nigeria 3: Reconsider Travel
North Korea 4: Do Not Travel
Oman High Risk Areas
Pakistan 3: Reconsider Travel
Panama High Risk Areas
Papua New Guinea High Risk Areas
Peru High Risk Areas
Philippines High Risk Areas
Republic of the Congo High Risk Areas
Russia High Risk Areas
Saudi Arabia High Risk Areas
Somalia 4: Do Not Travel
South Sudan 4: Do Not Travel
Sudan 3: Reconsider Travel
Syria 4: Do Not Travel
Thailand High Risk Areas
Togo High Risk Areas
Trinidad and Tobago High Risk Areas
Tunisia High Risk Areas
Turkey High Risk Areas
Ukraine High Risk Areas
Venezuela 4: Do Not Travel; CDC Warning Level 3
Yemen 4: Do Not Travel