Policy on International Travel to Countries Presenting Increased Risk

The U.S. Department of State has developed a rating system of travel advisories for each country around the world that details health and safety conditions for travel. Please visit the State Department's web site for a list of all current Travel Advisories.

Purpose: Travel to U.S. Dept of State countries under the auspices of the University with a level 4 advisory is prohibited. This policy is for countries or regions that have a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 3 designation and applies to enrolled Richmond students traveling under University sponsorship.

Scope: UR faculty and staff leading a group of students to a level 3 DOS country are required to submit a petition on behalf of the group at least three months prior to the planned departure.

Individual students planning to travel to countries (or regions) with an advisory level 3 are required to submit a petition at four weeks prior to travel and receive written approval from International Education before booking travel arrangements. For non-immigrant students traveling to their home country of citizenship or residency, petitions are not required.

Policy details: Click here to download full petition policy details (PDF)

Petition Forms:

Questions about this policy should be directed to the Assistant Director of Study Abroad in International Education.

(last updated 07/20/23)