• U.S. Department of State issued a Worldwide Caution (updated March 6th, 2017)
  • The Worldwide Caution pertains to both domestic and international travel. Please carefully review the Worldwide Caution and all recommended precautionary measures prior to and during travel. To help the University locate and assist travelers in an emergency, all Penn-affiliated student trips abroad must be registered in the Global Activities Registry (GAR).  To enable that same level of service to staff and faculty, we strongly encourage all staff and faculty traveling abroad on Penn-affiliated trips to register in GAR as well.  Also upon booking travel, be sure to provide a copy of your detailed travel itinerary to co-workers and/or family members.  If you are involved in a travel emergency abroad, please review international procedures here.  If you are involved in a travel emergency in the U.S. and face immediate danger, call 911.If you are not in immediate danger, but require University assistance due to an emergency on domestic travel, please refer to the domestic travel procedures found here.

Travel to Heightened Security Risk Regions

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.

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

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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.

  • 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 March 1st for summer and fall travel or October 1st for winter and spring travel.