Kennesaw State University Travel Warnings

Kennesaw State University has categorized destinations by three warning levels based on State Department and CDC warnings and notices. This page will list destinations currently under KSU travel warnings.

Learn more about DOS and CDC travel warnings.

Kennesaw State will issue travel warnings under one of the following three categories:

  • This applies to countries where any of the following applies:

    • DoS personnel and/or families have been ordered to leave, and/or the U.S. Embassy or Consulate is unavailable.
    • DoS, CDC, and/or WHO prohibit travel and/or require quarantine before re-entry to the U.S.
  • This applies to countries where any of the following applies:

    • DoS personnel and/or families are authorized to leave.
    • U.S. citizens are urged to delay all but essential travel
    • Only emergency or intermittent Embassy/Consulate services are available
    • DoS, CDC, and/or WHO find a serious health concern and inadequate medical care, and urge delay in all but essential travel.
  • This applies to countries or areas where either of the following apply:

    • Full services are available at U.S. Embassies/Consulates but U.S. citizens are urged to delay all but essential travel based on specific risks/events
    • DoS, CDC, and/or WHO find there is a serious health risk and urge all but essential travel, but do not find inadequate health care

Countries Currently Under KSU Travel Warnings

Countries with Extreme, High, or Moderate Travel Warnings

This list is updated regularly. (Dates in parenthesis reflect the date a warning is made or updated by the DoS, CDC or WHO.)

For some countries, U.S. law restricts whether you can travel there, what you can take with you, or what you can do once you get there. If you travel to a sanctioned country, designated “S” in the table below, review KSU's Export Control and consult KSU’s Export Control Officer in the Office of Research Compliance if you have any questions.

In the following table, use the key below to determine the applicable travel warning level:

E = Extreme
H = High
M = Moderate
S = Sanctioned

Travel Warning Table

  • Location
    Warning Level
  • Worldwide Caution (09/14/17)
    No Warning Level. Please read Worldwide Caution
  • Europe Travel Alert (11/16/17, expires 1/31/18)
    No Warning Level. Please read the Europe Travel Alert
  • CDC Global Health /Medical Travel Notices - these diseases include Zika and several others.
    Review for all notices that may affect travel to certain countries or regions for diseases such as Zika and others in the Travel Health Notices.
  • Afghanistan (TW 03/21/17)
    Extreme
  • Algeria (TW 06/21/17)
    High – Other areas

    Moderate – Algiers province (wilaya)
  • Bahamas (TW 09/06/17)
    Moderate
  • Balkans-related 
    Sanctioned 
  • Bangladesh (TW 01/05/17)
    High – Entire Country 
  • Belarus 
    Sanctioned 
  • Burkina Faso (TW 06/07/17) 
    Extreme – Northern Part of the Sahel Region, border areas with Niger and Mali

    High – Remainder of Country 
  • Burundi (TW 06/26/17) 
    High
  • Cameroon (TW 10/02/17) 

    Extreme – Far North, North, Adamaoua, and East Regions, also Adamawa region areas north and east of the city of Ngaoundere

    High - Areas within 60 miles of the border with Nigeria's Adamawa State in the north and Adamawa regions of Cameroon, the border area with Chad, and the border areas with the Central African Republic (CAR)

    Moderate – Other areas 

  • Central African Republic (TW 11/21/17) 
    Extreme

    Sanctioned 
  • Chad (TW 06/06/17) 
    Extreme – Remainder of Country

    High – Capital city of N'djamena 
  • Colombia (TW 06/16/17) 
    Moderate - note that travel restrictions including modes and routes of travel in the travel warning for U.S. Government employees and their families apply to KSU student travelers. 
  • Cuba (TW 09/29/17)

    High

    Sanctioned 

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (TW 10/16/17)  
    Extreme – Other areas

    High – Kinshasa

    Sanctioned 
  • Egypt (TW 07/19/17)
    Extreme – Sanai Peninsula except Sharm el Sheikh, Western Desert

    High – Religious sites outside greater Cairo

    Moderate – Other areas
  • El Salvador (TW 02/14/17) 
    Moderate 
  • Eritrea (TW 09/25/17) 
    High – Entire country 
  • Ethiopia (TW 08/25/17) 
    High 
  • The Gambia (TW 01/07/17) 
    Extreme 
  • Haiti (TW 12/07/17)) 
    High – Entire country 
  • Honduras (TW 01/23/17)

                    (TA 12/06-31/17) 

    High – Mainland Honduras

    Moderate – Bay Islands of Roatan, Utila, & Guanaja 
  • Iran (TW 08/15/17) 
    Extreme

    Sanctioned 
  • Iraq (TW 06/14/17) 
    Extreme

    Sanctioned 
  • Israel  (TW 04/11/17) 

    See U.S. State Department Warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza for the detailed warnings and notice requirements. Please contact Director of Global Operations Michael Sweazey at 470/578-3785 or msweazey@kennesaw.edu for specific guidance.
    Extreme – Gaza Strip

    High – West Bank (no travel to or through (except via Routes 1 & 90)); Exception for Jericho and Bethlehem (see Moderate below)

    High – Within Israel
    • Golan: on or east of Route 98;
    • Lebanese border: within 1.5 miles of the border;
    • Gaza buffer (within Israel): within 7 miles of the Gaza demarcation line;
    • East Jerusalem: predominantly Palestinian neighborhoods such as Sheikh Jarrah, Shufat, Shufat Refugee Camp, Beit Hanina, Mt. of Olives, As Suwaneh, Abu Deis, Silwan, Issawiyeh, Tsur Baher, "seam areas", where Palestinians and Israelis intersect, refugee camps; 
        • Entrance to Old City during daylight hours only (from 8 am to 6 pm and via Jaffa Gate. 
    • Jerusalem: Prohibition from transiting public parks in central Jerusalem during the hours of darkness.
    • Tel Aviv: No transit via neighborhoods near the New Central Bus Station between dusk and dawn.
    • KSU travel is not permitted on public and inter-city buses (and associated bus terminals) in the West Bank.

    Moderate – Other areas; Jericho and Bethlehem: Travel must depart no earlier than 8 am and have returned by 8 pm;

    Additional restrictions may be enacted through KSU based on information in U.S. Embassy Security Messages or other policy risk resources. This is a reminder that enrollment in STEP is necessary to ensure travelers receive these security messages.

  • Jordan (TW 07/20/17)
    High – Border with Syria and Iraq within 10 Kms buffer, which includes the town of Ramtha. Travel on Highway 10 east of the town of Ruwayshid toward the Iraqi border. U.S. government employees on personal travel are not permitted to visit the border areas or refugee camps.

    Moderate – Other areas, tourist site of Umm Quais and the city of Irbid in the north.
  • Kenya (TW 09/08/17 & TA 09/27/17) 
    High - Avoid travel to the border area between Somalia and Kenya, specifically the northeastern Kenyan counties of Mandera, Wajir and Garissa (including the cities of El Wak, Wajir, Garissa, Mandera and Liboi), the coastal counties of Tana River and Lamu in their entirety, all areas north of of Malindi in Kalifi County, and the Nairobi neighborhood of Eastleigh. In Mombasa, the U.S. Embassy recommends U.S. citizens visit Old Town only during daylight hours, and avoid using the Likoni ferry due to safety concerns.

    Moderate – Other areas  
  • Lebanon (TW 02/15/17) 
    High

    Sanctioned 
  • Liberia 
    Sanctioned 
  • Libya (TW 01/27/17) 
    Extreme

    Sanctioned 
  • Malaysia (see Philippines below) 
    High – Eastern Sabah province and southern Sulu Sea area 
  • Mali (TW 06/29/17) 
    Extreme – Northern and Central Regions

    High – Other areas  
  • Mauritania (TW 10/12/17) 
    Extreme – Other areas

    High – Nouakchott 
  • Mexico (TW 08/22/17)

    Please see U.S. State Department Warning and / or contact Please see U.S. State Department Warning and / or contact contact Director of Global Operations Michael Sweazey at 470/578-3785 or msweazey@kennesaw.edu for specific guidance.  

    High – States of Coahuila, Guerrero, and Tamaulipas.

    High with Moderate Areas/Municipalities within the State and/or Some Movement Restrictions Apply - Certain parts of the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Colima, Durango, Estado de Mexico, Jalisco, Michoacan, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Veracruz, Zacatecas

    Moderate -  Aguascalientes, Campeche, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Mexico City, Puebla, Queretaro, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Tlaxcala, Yucatan

  • Niger (TW 11/30/17) 
    Extreme – Entire country except as noted in High Risk Area.  Particularly noted are the Diffa Region, Lake Chad Basin area, all border regions.

    High – Niamey (Capital City) 
  • Nigeria (TW 04/05/17)  
    Extreme – States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara; Gulf of Guinea

    High – Remainder of Country except areas noted under Moderate.

    Moderate – Abuja, Lagos 
  • North Korea (TW 11/09/17) 

    Please reference this link directly to raed the specifics of this travel warning.

    Extreme

    Sanctioned

    Note that the U.S. Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 147 / Wednesday, August 2, 2017 / Notices, Public Notice 10074 states that as of September 1, 2017, United States passports are invalid for travel to, in, or through the Democratic People's Republic of Korea unless travel meets certain criteria.  The State Department directs travelers to inquire on conditions with the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Passport Services, Office of Legal Affairs at 202/485-6500.

  • Pakistan (TW 12/08/17) 
    Extreme – Other areas 

    High – Islamabad Capital Territory & Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Rawalpindi only, Karachi, Lahore
  • Philippines (TW 07/17/17)

    Please see U.S. State Department Warning for additional information
    Extreme – The city of Marawi, Mindanao, the Sulu Archipelago including the southern Sulu Sea, the southern tip of Palawan

    High – Other regions of Mindanao; eastern Sabah province of Malaysia; Central Visayas Region to include Cebu and Bohol provinces per the Philippines US Embassy Safety and Security page.

    Moderate – Other areas
  • Russia
    Sanctioned - (Magnitsky Sanctions)
  • Saudi Arabia (TW 11/21/17)  
    High – within 50 miles of the Yemeni border, including the cities of Jizan and Najran, the city of Qatif in the Eastern Province and its surrounding suburbs, including Awamiyah, the city of Hofuf and its suburbs in Al Hasa Governorate.

    Moderate – Other areas  
  • Somalia (TW 08/03/17) 
    Extreme

    Sanctioned 
  • South Sudan (TW 07/20/17)
    Extreme

    Sanctioned
  • Sudan (TW 10/18/17) 
    Extreme – Darfur States (Northern, Western, and Southern), Blue Nile State and Southern Kordofan State 

    High – Other areas

    Sanctioned 
  • Syria (TW 10/18/17) 
    Extreme

    Sanctioned 
  • Togo  (TW 11/07/17)
    Moderate
  • Tunisia (TW 05/02/17) 
    Extreme – Jendouba, south of Ain Drahem and west of RN15, Kef, and Kesserine, next to the Algerian border; Ben Guerdan and Medenine, next to the Libyan border; Gafsa and Sidi Bou Zid in Central Tunisia; the desert south of Remada (restricted military zone)

    High – Other areas

    Moderate – Governorate (wilaya) of Tunis 
  • Turkey (TW 09/28/17) 
    High – Provinces of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, Bitlis, Elazig. Any areas along the Syrian / Iraq border.  

    Note that for Istanbul, there are restrictions on types of locations: 
    • Large, crowded areas such as shopping malls and houses of worship frequented by expatriates, entertainment complexes, nightclubs, public sporting / cultural performance venues, and crowded pedestrian thoroughfares.
    • Tourist destinations throughout Istanbul, to include historical sites, monuments, large bazaar markets, and museums.
    Moderate – Istanbul (types of areas not included in High above)  & Other areas.
  • Ukraine (TW 06/27/17)  
    Extreme – Eastern portion including Donetsk, Luhansk and the Crimean Peninsula 

    Moderate – Other areas 

    Sanctioned
  • Venezuela (TW 10/23/17) 
    High
  • Yemen (TW 05/10/17) 
    Extreme

    Sanctioned 
  • Zimbabwe 
    Sanctioned

Additional Information

Other references and resources regarding travel include the following:

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