Restricted Country List

Faculty/Staff

Individual Faculty/Staff planning travel to a country that is considered restricted by the university must complete a Restricted Travel Petition as part of creating an individual travel record in the Global Safety Network (GSN) system. The GSN system will automatically provide travelers with the required travel petition to complete in GSN when proposing travel that includes a restricted country at the time of creation, or if they are going to a specified region that is considered restricted. As a reminder restricted travel requires prior authorization/approval and individuals should plan to submit their travel in the Global Safety Network (GSN)  more than 30 days prior to their planned departure date. Travelers must receive this approval for travel to restricted countries prior to purchasing airline tickets, hotel accommodations, etc., Please contact Global Safety to confirm if your desired destination(s) are restricted for travel.

The following is the current list of countries restricted for Individual Faculty/Staff travel: 

Restricted Countries for Faculty/Staff as of Dec 2023

Afganistan

Algeria

Belarus

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cameroon

Central African Republic (CAR)

Chad

Colombia

Cote d'Ivore
(Ivory Coast)

Cuba

Congo,
Democratic Republic of

Djibouti

Egypt

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Haiti

Iran

Iraq

Israel

 

Lebanon

Libya

Mali

Mauritania

Mexico

Myanmar (Burma)

Niger

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Philippines

Russia

Somalia

South Sudan,
Republic of

Sudan

Syria

Türkiye

Ukraine

Venezuela

West Bank
or
Gaza

Yemen

Zimbabwe

   
 

Faculty/staff traveling with students are subject to the list of countries restricted for students travel which are outlined in the Students section below. 

Please note that all required documentation for Education Abroad programs  will be included in the study abroad proposal application. Contact Education Abroad with any questions or concerns.

Students

In addition to the countries that are restricted for students, any region within a country with a U.S. Department of State advisory of “reconsider travel” or “do not travel” is automatically restricted for student travel (applies to only that region, not the entire country), and travel to that region requires an approved petition.  The list is reviewed periodically and is subject to change. Travel proposal review and approval are required for student travel to restricted countries. Travelers must receive approval for travel to restricted countries prior to purchasing airline tickets, hotel accommodations, etc. Travel to restricted locations without prior review and approval is prohibited by the university's International Travel Policy.

Please note that students participating in approved Penn State Education Abroad programs do not need to contact Global Safety directly for the petition, as all required documentation will be included in the study abroad proposal application. Contact Education Abroad with any questions or concerns.

The following is the current list of countries which are restricted for all student (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) travel and require an approved petition in advance of making travel plans.

Restricted Countries for Students as of Dec 2023

Afganistan

Algeria

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Bangladesh

Belarus

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cameroon

Central African Republic (CAR)

Chad

China

Colombia

Cote d'Ivore
(Ivory Coast)

Cuba

Congo,
Democratic Republic of

Djibouti

Egypt

El Salvador

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Jamaica

Kenya

Kosovo

Lebanon

Liberia

Libya

Macau

Mali

Mauritania

Mexico

Moldova

Mozambique

Myanmar (Burma)

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Papua New Guinea

Philippines

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Sierra Leone

Somalia

South Sudan,
Republic of

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Syria

Tajikistan

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Uganda

Ukraine

Venezuela

West Bank
or
Gaza

Yemen

Zimbabwe