Authorized Travel to and Activities within the Crimea region of Ukraine, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria
The U.S. Department of Treasury website has information about these sanctions programs, including brochures, advisories, and Frequently Asked Questions, which can be found at https://www.treasury.gov/resourcecenter/sanctions/Programs/Pages/Programs.aspx
While travel to these countries is not necessarily prohibited, university activity that would potentially take place while in these countries may require a Specific License from the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the export (even temporarily) of certain items may require an export license. The Export Compliance Officer makes determinations about license applicability. Applications for licenses should be made at least 6 months before the activity begins and before travel arrangements are made.
Each of these countries is subject to sanctions and/or embargo restrictions. For example, there is a prohibition on the export of services to both Sudan and Syria, which means that even simply attending an academic conference or engaging in field research in those countries may require a Specific License from the U.S. Department of Treasury.
In addition to sanctions limiting activities in Sudan and Syria, both countries, as well as the Crimea region of Ukraine and North Korea, are subject to varying degrees of export embargoes.
For travel to or activity within these countries, sanctions and export compliance is required.