Travel Advisory FAQ's
How do I interpret the International SOS risk ratings?
To determine a location’s International SOS medical and travel risk ratings, select your transit and destination country from this list. The medical and travel risk rating for a country is clearly displayed at the top of each country page.
Undergraduate students are not allowed to travel to - or through - cities, regions, areas, or countries that have a "High" or "Extreme" rating or where there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks for either the country destination, or for the particular region or location of intended travel within the country destination, or where there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks. If you have questions about a destination, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
Note that conditions in any country may change at any time.
Who should review a student’s travel itinerary?
Students should first conduct their own self-assessment to ensure their travel is permissible under Stanford’s International Travel Policy. This first step requires the student understand the International SOS travel and medical risk ratings for their destination.
A student’s next point of contact should be the department or program administrator coordinating or sponsoring the opportunity. The department or program has primary responsibility for reviewing travel itineraries, giving the green light to travel, and assigning any required pre-departure steps (some resources for administrators to advise students are available here).
If the student is traveling on a self-organized trip (without a department sponsor), they should contact the the global risk team for support in reviewing their itinerary and preparing for a safe trip (email@example.com).
What is the process for requesting an exception to Stanford’s International Travel Policy?*
Programs, Departments or Schools ("Travel Sponsor") may request an exception to the Stanford International Travel Policy for undergraduate travel to locations that pose a higher medical or security risk.("Travel Policy Exception").
Full details on the Travel Policy Exception process can be found here.
Is student personal travel affected by these advisories?
The International Travel Policy applies to Stanford-sponsored or Stanford-organized travel. Personal travel does not fall under these rules. However, we encourage students to register their trip details by forwarding your itinerary confirmation from your Stanford email address to StanfordTravel@itinerary.internationalsos.com.
Is travel by graduate students, faculty, or staff affected by these advisories?
Stanford University strongly recommends against, but does not prohibit, travel to countries where the International SOS risk rating (either the medical risk or travel risk) is “High” or “Extreme,” or where there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks 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 with a "Insignificant", "Low", or "Medium" ratings
Travel Sponsors may still decide to require itinerary review or pre-departure steps for travel to high-risk areas. At a minimum, OIA recommends that graduate students use the graduate student pre-departure checklist, and contact the global risk team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for support in preparing for a safe trip.