Register Your Trip

The Global Activities Registry (GAR) is Penn’s central resource for collecting information about the travel plans and activities of faculty, staff, and students preparing to travel abroad for academic, educational, extracurricular, clinical, research, or University business purposes. This information is Pennkey protected, and is used to:

  • Contact travelers in emergencies
  • Assist individuals and groups, as needed, with pre-travel preparations
  • Identify opportunities for closer collaboration on international research and operations

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should register their activities on the Global Activities Registry (GAR)?
  • Any member of the Penn community can register his or her Penn-affiliated travel activities in GAR.   GAR contains two inter-related sections, one for groups to register their activities and another for travelers, where individuals or group participants can enter their itineraries and emergency contact information.

  • Is registration with the Global Activities Registry required?
  • As of April 6th 2011, registration in GAR is mandatory for all Penn sponsored/affiliated student programs traveling overseas.

    October 29, 2014: Due to the Ebola outbreak and current CDC guidance, all students, faculty, and staff planning travel to or from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone for any reason, including personal reasons such as visiting family during break, must provide information about their trip through the Global Activities Registry until further notice.  Trip information is PennKey protected and used for emergency planning and response purposes only.  Individual trips are not visible on the GAR map.

  • Why should I register my travel with the Global Activities Registry?
  • There are several benefits to the Penn Community:

    • Penn can respond more effectively when there is an incident overseas such as a natural disaster or civil unrest by knowing who is in the area.
    • Individuals who enter their flight information in GAR are automatically registered with International SOS, a medical and security assistance company.  ISOS can then begin sending important destination guides and advisories directly to the individual.
    • The Global Activities Registry encourages greater research and operational collaboration across campus by enabling travelers to learn where other members of the Penn community have traveled, or perhaps find other travelers that will be in the same region at the same time.  The Interactive Map feature allows members of the Penn Community to search for Penn travelers and groups by date, country, region, purpose, or school.