Programs and destinations are approved in consultation with Penn’s Committee on Travel Risk Assessment (CTRA). As Penn Abroad continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, programs that maybe be listed as part of the initial offerings may be suspended or changed. Students who are affected by any changes will be notified by Penn Abroad according to the contingency plans or processes set by their program.
Penn Abroad follows the University’s travel guidance and policies. As of May 18, 2021, all domestic and international Penn-affiliated travel is in “restricted status,” which means that:
Vaccination against COVID-19 is required for any travelers unless there is a medical or religious exemption.
Students may travel to countries rated CDC Level 1 or CDC Level 2 without travel approval needed from CTRA.
Travel to countries rated a CDC Level 3 or CDC Level 4 require a petition to CTRA to determine whether travel approval will be granted. Note: Penn Abroad will submit a CTRA petition on behalf of students applying to programs in these locations.
All personal travel while participating on a Penn Abroad program is subject to CTRA policies. Students wishing to travel to a CDC Level 3 or Level 4 destination would be required to submit a petition to CTRA to gain approval for leisure travel. Other restrictions, including quarantine requirements, may apply. Students must also register all personal travel details into MyTrips.
CTRA approval may be rescinded at any time and programs may be canceled independently of the CTRA process due to restrictions from host countries or institutions.
Quarantine requirements vary at all abroad locations and impact each program’s itinerary and potential for suspension differently. Quarantine and arrival information changes regularly. The most current arrival and quarantine information for your abroad location can be found on the International SOS website Travel Restrictions, Flight Operations, and Screening (enter Penn’s Membership Number Login: 11BSGC000012 and search by country).