International Travel Over Spring Break

February 17, 2022
By Global Support Services and International Risk Management

As a reminder, disruptions due to COVID-19 continue to impact international travel.  If you plan to travel internationally during spring break, please be prepared in the event you test positive for COVID-19 during your trip.  Travelers that test positive for COVID-19 while abroad must isolate abroad until they test negative, which may require multiple tests and an indefinite stay until that happens.  Below are tips to prepare should you encounter difficulties returning to the United States for the resumption of Spring classes on March 14, 2022.

  • Do not travel if you are sick. 
  • Familiarize yourself with rules about isolation specific to your destination, including length of isolation and testing requirements.  Some countries will allow you to self-isolate in your private accommodation or hotel room, while other countries have designated quarantine hotels or government-run quarantine facilities.  You should be prepared to pay the cost of additional accommodation, food, COVID-19 tests and flight changes associated with your extended stay.
  • Consider bringing self-administered rapid antigen test(s) with you.  Be sure the test meets the CDC requirement to test 24-hours prior to entering the U.S.  Because of the short, 24-hour window for testing before the return flight to the U.S., and because not every country makes it easy and affordable to get a same-day test result, we advise traveling with at least two online proctored rapid antigen tests (always check with your airline that the test you are using will be accepted).
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days prior to travel, bring documentation of recovery.  According to the CDC:  

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

  • Pack an extra two weeks of medication, medical supplies and contact lenses. 
  • Bring your laptop and course materials.  Penn classes will resume in-person on Monday, March 14th, 2022.  If you are unable to return to the U.S., you are responsible to inform your professors of your absence and complete missed coursework. 
  • Complete PennOpen Pass so that your COVID-19 status is recorded on your health record at Penn.
  • Take a picture of your CDC vaccination card in the event it is lost or stolen.
  • Visit Penn’s International Travel Guidance for more information on travel that is part of a Penn-Affiliated program.