Travel Advisories & Risk Ratings

Faculty and staff engaged in International Travel should review the security and medical risk ratings provided by the university’s insurer, GeoBlue. To review the risk ratings through GeoBlue, faculty, and staff must create a GeoBlue account. Instructions for faculty and staff are located on the Health Insurance Information Page. After creating an account and logging in, faculty and staff can access the risk information through the “Security Profiles” link located under the “Tools and Services” tab of the menu bar.

Advance review and approval of travel plans is required by GeoBlue/Crisis24 to provide Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation (PEND) services to the following Restricted locations:  

Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia (Tigray region only), Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria (Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, and northern Adamawa states only), North Korea, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories (Gaza only), Republic of South Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

To request review/authorization for PEND services to the above locations, submit the Prior Approval Request form to: [email protected].  Prior Approval Request Forms should be submitted a minimum of 3 business days prior to travel.

Locations Not Authorized for GeoBlue PEND Services

GW sponsored or affiliated travel to the following locations will not be covered by GeoBlue PEND Services at this time:


Updated 3/16/22

Prior to approval, students engaged in International Travel can review their destination’s risk ratings provided by GeoBlue under its former name, HTH Worldwide. Students must access the HTH Worldwide website and create an account. (To create an account, follow the instructions and code provided on the website; risk ratings are provided to registered users through the HTH website or app.) Approved students will be able to access risk ratings through GW’s member GeoBlue account after they have purchased or been enrolled in the GW GeoBlue insurance.

Before traveling abroad, consult the U.S. Department of State to review your destination's Travel Advisory, alerts, and destination-specific health and safety information. US Citizens Enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Program to receive email notifications and alerts while abroad.

All travelers are advised to review the health advisories, travel planning resources, and other pertinent information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s country-specific travel health page and COVID-19 Traveler’s Resources page for the host country.