Heightened Risk Travel

As a globally engaged institution, Penn encourages its students, faculty and staff to pursue academic opportunities around the world.  While there is an inherent risk associated with all travel, certain regions of the world call for heightened caution and additional preparation to ensure the health and safety of the Penn community.  Accordingly, all university travelers are encouraged to carefully review the international travel guidance and resources contained in this website prior to arranging travel.

Penn defines heightened risk regions as follows:

Country Risk Ratings

Countries rated Level 3 or Level 4 on the US Department of State travel advisory list, regardless of ISOS regional risk rating.

Regions within countries with an ISOS risk rating of "high" or "extreme", even when the country is rated Level 1 or Level 2 on the US Department of State travel advisory list.

Check if your destination is defined as Heightened Risk:

  • Click on the box below to see if your country is listed. If not, all regions within that country are considered low or variable risk.

  • If your destination is a Level 3 or Level 4 on the US State Department travel advisory list, the entire country is defined as heightened risk. 

  • If your destination is a Level 1 or Level 2 on the US State Department travel advisory list then certain regions within the country are considered heightened risk. See ISOS regional risk rating for more information. (NOTE: ISOS ratings are region specific; a country may have multiple ratings.)

This data was last updated September 6, 2019. If you have any questions regarding the rating of your destination please contact Jaime Molyneux

Countries A-B
Countries C-E
Countries G-I
Countries J-M
Countries N-P
Countries R-S
Countries T-Y

Undergraduates who wish to travel to a heightened risk region must gain pre-approval by completing the undergraduate travel request process.  For more information on this process and the deadlines, click here.

All other travelers are encouraged to review current security and medical reports from International SOS and consider whether the academic merit of travel outweighs the risk.  International SOS also provides precautionary advice to mitigate the risks specific to your destination.  

The Committee on International Risk Assessment (CITRA) is responsible for defining heightened risk travel for the Penn community and reviews undergraduate requests to travel to these regions. 

More information on CITRA