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Restricted Regions List (RRL)

The Restricted Regions List (RRL) is a list of destinations deemed unsafe for travel by Duke University.  Restriction decisions are made by the Provost based on recommendations from the Global Travel Advisory Committee (GTAC).  GTAC assesses safety and security by reviewing U.S. State Department, International SOS, other government's foreign affairs information, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  GTAC also consults with Duke Faculty and Staff who are identified as having research or travel experience in the destination being reviewed.  The RRL is updated whenever specific conditions warrant and it is reviewed twice a year in its entirety.  Further, any member of the Duke community can ask for a GTAC review of a destination or a review of a planned activity.  Faculty and Staff can contact Christy Parrish Michels, Travel Policy Administrator, with questions or requests for a review or a GTAC opinion on a destination or planned activity.  To sign up for RRL and Travel Policy related announcements, email your request to  For a printer friendly copy of the Restricted Regions List as of 01JUL2018.pdf

Tips about the Restricted Regions List (RRL):

  • "For transit only" means that the destination is restricted however a traveler can fly into/out of that city.  A stay of greater than 24-hours in that destination would require a petition to waive the Duke restriction.
  • A "border area" is considered to be within 22 km (~14 miles) of the border with the neighboring country.
  • An asterisk(*) indicates that there are Federal sanctions or requirements associated with this destination from an Export Controls perspective.  All travelers wishing to go to that destination must first contact the Office of Export Controls at Duke University for clearance.

Country Name

Areas Restricted or Sanctioned


Entire country restricted


Travel to Algiers allowed, remainder of the country restricted

Angola Cabinda, North Lunda and South Lunda restricted
Armenia Border area adjacent to Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh area restricted
Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh area restricted
Bangladesh Entire country restricted
Burkina Faso Entire country restricted
Burundi Entire country restricted
Cameroon, Rep. of Bakassi Peninsula, extreme northern areas of the country and border areas with Nigeria and the Central African Republic restricted
Central African Republic Entire country restricted


Entire country restricted

Colombia Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena approved for travel; remainder of the country restricted
Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville) Pool Region and Likouala Province restricted
Cote d'Ivoire Dix-Huit Montagnes, Haut-Sassandra, Moyen-Cavally and Bas-Sassandra restricted


No travel restrictions however sanctions apply. See above.
Democratic Republic of Congo Travel to Kinshasa allowed, remainder of the country restricted
Djibouti Border areas with Eritrea and Somalia restricted
Ecuador Border with Colombia restricted


Entire country restricted

El Salvador Entire country restricted
Eritrea Asmara approved for travel; remainder of the country restricted
Ethiopia Addis Ababa approved for travel; remainder of the country restricted
Georgia South Ossetia, Abkahzia and the Pankisi Gorge beyond Akhmeta restricted
Guatemala Guatemala City approved for transit only; border areas with Mexico and Belize restricted
Guinea Border area with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast restricted
Guinea-Bissau Entire country restricted
Haiti Entire country restricted
Honduras Tegucigalpa approved for transit only; San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba restricted
India Asom (Assam), Jammu, Kashmir, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, border districts of Orissa, northern areas of Andhra Pradesh, western districts of West Bengal, and eastern districts of Maharashtra restricted
Indonesia Provinces of Maluku and North Maluku, Papua and West Papua (formerly known as Irian Jaya) restricted
Iran* Entire country restricted and sanctions apply.  See above.


Entire country restricted


See Palestinian Territories

Jamaica Montego Bay, West Kingston and Spanish Town restricted
Jordan Border areas with Iraq and Syria restricted
Kenya Mombasa, border areas with Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and northwest border area with Uganda restricted
Kyrgystan Batken, Osh and Jalalabad Regions restricted
Lebanon Northern and eastern borders with Syria as well as border with Israel restricted
Libya Entire country restricted
Madagascar Batterie Beach, north of Tulear (Toliara), Anosy and Atsimo-Atsinanana restricted
Mali Entire country restricted
Mauritania Border areas with Algeria, Mali and eastern desert area (Provinces of Tiris Zemmour, Adrar, Tagant, Hodh el Chargui, Dakhlet-Nouadhibou and Inchiri) restricted
Mexico Border with the United States and Mexican States of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Durango, Jalisco, Morelos, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Guerrero and Mexico, with the exception of Mexico City (travel allowed) are restricted
Myanmar (Burma) Border areas with India, China, Laos and Thailand as well as the Rakhine State restricted
Nepal Terai region restricted
Nicaragua Entire country restricted.  All U.S. travelers are required to register with the Nicaragua Embassy prior to arriving at a port of entry.  Contact for assistance in doing so.
Niger Agadez province, border areas with Mali and Nigeria restricted
Nigeria Travel to Lagso allowed, remainder of the country restricted

North Korea*

Entire country restricted and sanctions apply. See above.


Entire country restricted

Palestinian Territories West Bank and Gaza Strip restricted with the exception of Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah which are approved for travel
Panama Darien Province restricted
Papua New Guinea Provinces of Southern Highlands and Enga restricted
Peru Border area with Colombia restricted
Philippines Mindanao, Sulu Archipelago and Zamboanga Peninsula restricted
Russia Border area with Ukraine; Chechnya, North Caucasus region including North and South Ossetia, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Stavropol, Karachayevo-Cherkessiya and Kabardino-Balkariya restricted
Rwanda Border area with Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the exception of Rubavu Province (travel allowed) restricted
Saudi Arabia Border area with Yemen restricted


Entire country restricted

South Sudan Entire country restricted
Sudan Khartoum approved for travel; remainder of the country restricted


Entire country restricted and sanctions apply.  See above

Tajikistan Dushanbe and surrounding areas approved for travel; remainder of the country restricted
Thailand Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla restricted
Tunisia Borders with Libya and Algeria restricted
Turkey Istanbul approved for transit only, remainder of the country restricted

Karamoja region, northern rural areas, border areas with Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan restricted

Ukraine Provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk restricted
Uzbekistan Kyrgyz and Afghan borders and the Fergana valley regions restricted
Venezuela Entire country restricted
West Bank and Gaza See Palestinian Territories


Entire country restricted.