Per the university’s international travel policy, Travel Suspension Conditions are implemented for higher-risk areas.

In addition to monitoring security risks, the International Travel Oversight Committee’s Executive Body is working with the School of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Disease to maintain a current list based on COVID-19 conditions and their impacts. Faculty, staff, and graduate/professional students who wish to pursue travel to a country or region under a Travel Suspension Condition may submit a Petition for Exception. See the link below for petition materials.

Failure to complete a Petition for Exception and receive approval may jeopardize your emergency travel assistance insurance coverage and the university’s ability to support you in case of an emergency while abroad. This means that if you do not submit the Petition for Exception and receive approval to travel from ITOC, you may not be eligible to receive emergency services such as evacuations, medical evacuations, repatriation, or shelter-in-place support.

Note: For the Spring 2022 semester, university travel suspension conditions do not automatically apply to university-approved semester-long programs. If you are an undergraduate student participating in a university-approved semester-long program, your advisor will reach out to you in the case that a university travel suspension condition will impact you.

It is the traveler’s responsibility to understand how this list impacts their itinerary.

Locations under a Travel Suspension Condition

  • Afghanistan
  • Belarus
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Burundi
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Haiti
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Maldova
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Russia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tonga
  • Ukraine
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen

Specific Regions (within countries) under a Travel Suspension Condition

Below is a list of countries that have specific regions that are under a Travel Suspension Condition. Please visit the linked Travel Advisories; the regions under a Travel Suspension Condition are those designated as “Do Not Travel” within the text of the Travel Advisory. If you will be staying in, visiting, or working in any of the regions designated in these Travel Advisories, you must submit a Petition for Exception. If you are visiting the country, but not the specific region, you do not need to submit a Petition.

This list was posted as of August 3, 2022.


Petition Materials

Faculty, staff, and graduate/professional students who wish to pursue travel to any of the areas listed above must submit a Petition for Exception to the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) at itoc@wustl.edu using the form below. ITOC will review the petition, assess local conditions, and send a recommendation to the appropriate dean’s office for decision. It is recommended you submit your petition 6-8 weeks prior to your anticipated departure to ensure adequate time for the committee and dean’s office’s review and the traveler’s planning.

If you have any questions while completing a petition, please reach out to itoc@wustl.edu.

Petition for Exception Packet 2021-22