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New U.S. Department of State travel advisories and what they mean for you

January 31, 2018

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of State adopted a new rating system to assess the threat level of countries and regions around the world. To reflect these new changes, the Office of the Provost has revised the International Travel Policy that affects faculty, students and staff who travel internationally for university research and business. In the new system, travel advisories are rated:

Level 1 (Exercise Normal Precautions)

Level 2 (Exercise Increased Caution)

Level 3 (Reconsider Travel)

Level 4 (Do Not Travel)

For faculty, staff and graduate students, Stanford University strongly recommends against, but does not prohibit, travel to countries where the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3 or 4 for either the country destination, or for the particular region or location of intended travel within the country destination. There are no restrictions for travel to countries or regions within a country that are rated Level 1 or  2.

For undergraduate students, similarly there are no restrictions for travel to countries and/or regions within a country that are Level 1 or Level 2. However, if the country destination is a Level 1 or 2 and there are regions within the country that Level 3 or 4, additional steps will be required. Stanford-sponsored or Stanford-organized trips to Level 3 or 4 countries is prohibited for undergraduate students.

If you have any questions and are uncertain about traveling to a specific destination, contact:

your departmental administrator or

Vinita Bali, Associate Director, Global, Risk Management

To read the entire policy, refer to the International Travel Policy, on the Office of the Provost website.