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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 30Nov2018.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, Nord-Oueste, Sud-Ouest Extrême-Nord Regions as well as border areas with Nigeria and the Central African Republic restricted
Central African Republic Entire country restricted


Entire country restricted

Colombia Border areas with Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador as well as departments of Arauca, Norte de Santander, Meta, Chocó, Caquetá, Huila, Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Nariño and Putumayo as well as the southwest of Antioquia Department 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 Travel allowed to Léogâne, Mirebalais and Cap Haïtien, remainder of the 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 Lombok Island, Central Sulawesi (Sulawesi Tengah), Papua and West Papua 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 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 areas with the United States and states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Guerrero, Jalisco, México (excluding México City D.F.), Michoacan, Morelos, Nuevo Léon, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas and Veracruz 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 Niamey approved for travel, remainder of the country restricted
Nigeria Travel to Lagos 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 Hela, 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 Border areas with Syria, Iraq and Iran as well as provinces of provinces of Antalya, Batman, Bingöl, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkâri, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Muş, Şanliurfa, Siirt, Şirnak, Tunceli and Van 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 Border areas with Kyrgyz and Afghanistan as well as the Farg'ona (Fergana) Valley regions restricted
Venezuela Entire country restricted
West Bank and Gaza See Palestinian Territories


Entire country restricted.