Special Advisory
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As a globally engaged institution, Penn encourages its students, faculty and staff to pursue academic opportunities around the world.  While there is an inherent risk associated with all travel, certain regions of the world call for heightened caution and additional preparation to ensure the health and safety of the Penn community.  Accordingly, all university travelers are encouraged to carefully review the international travel guidance and resources contained in this website and consult the Heightened Risk Regions List prior to arranging travel.

As a reminder, registration in the Global Activities Registry (GAR) is mandatory for all Penn sponsored or affiliated student programs traveling abroad.  Registration is strongly encouraged for faculty and staff traveling without students.  


Click on the link above to view the current list of Heightened Risk Regions.  This list includes destinations that have been identified as areas of heightened risk for academic and business travelers based on the following criteria. 

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*Please note that the list identifies cities or regions of heightened risk and, only in a few instances, would an entire country receive a single risk rating.

  • What to do if you are traveling to a country on the Heightened Risk Regions list
  • If you are traveling to a location on the list, it is suggested that you review current security and medical reports from International SOS and consider whether the academic merit of travel outweighs the risk.  International SOS also provides precautionary advice to mitigate the risks specific to your destination.  Security and medical information for all countries is provided by International SOS

  • Undergraduate Student Travel to Heightened Risk Regions
  • Penn-sponsored travel involving undergraduate students to locations identified on the Heightened Risk Regions List must be reviewed and approved in advance by CITRA.   If you are an undergraduate student with plans to travel to a region on the list, please complete the Undergraduate Travel Request Process  and submit all documents for CITRA review by February 1st for summer and fall travel or October 1st for winter and spring travel.

  • Contact Our Office
  • Jaime Molyneux

    Director of International Risk Management

    +1 (215) 573-6122

    molyneux@upenn.edu