101917 – World Status Report

Avoid Nonessential Travel

U.S. Department of State

  • Sudan Travel Warning.  The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Sudan.  U.S. citizens should avoid all travel to the Darfur states, Blue Nile state, and Southern Kordofan state and consider carefully before planning travel to other areas of Sudan due to the risks of terrorism, armed conflict, and violent crime.
  • Syria Travel Warning. The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Syria and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Syria depart immediately. The security situation remains dangerous and unpredictable.
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo Travel Warning. The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because of ongoing instability and sporadic violence in many parts of the country.
  • Mauritania Travel Warning.  The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to far eastern Mauritania due to the activities of terrorist groups active in the neighboring regions of Mali, including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and those which pose a threat in the greater Sub-Saharan region, such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS).

International SOS newsroom

  • Advisory on Plague outbreak in Madagascar. As a consequence of the growing Plague outbreak in Madagascar, we are advising clients to defer non-essential travel to Madagascar until prevention and control activities halt the spread of the outbreak.

Take Enhanced Precautions


  • Plague in Madagascar.  Although bubonic plague occurs nearly every year in Madagascar, an unusual outbreak of plague pneumonia is occurring in widespread areas of Madagascar, including in heavily populated cities of Antananarivo (the capital city and its suburbs) and Toamasina.  Click on the link for more information and recommendations for travelers.
  • Malaria in Italy.  Italy has reported limited local transmission of malaria in the town of Ginosa in the Apulia region. Because malaria is spread by mosquito bites, travelers to Italy should prevent mosquito bites.

Recommended Reading / Viewing

International SOS newsroom

The risk information in this report is retrieved from U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other professional sources as listed in the post. It provides general guidance for UT Dallas travelers. Please note the revision date (mmddyy) of this report, printed on the title of the post, and go to the direct sources listed for the most up-to-date information.  The information in this report may change without prior notice.