Announcements & Resources

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Heightened Risk Travel

Visit Penn's Heightened Risk Travel page for more details. In addition, The University of Pennsylvania continues to follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) and US Department of State (DOS) health and security travel guidance.  

Penn Travel Guidelines and Procedures apply to Penn-affiliated (outbound) travel only. The following (inbound) travel is NOT considered Penn-affiliated and therefore does not fall under the purview of Penn Travel Guidelines and Procedures, nor is it managed through Penn Global, International Risk Management, or CTRA:

  • Visitors to campus who are not current students, faculty, staff, or Post Docs of the University
  • Commuting to campus by faculty, staff, students, or post docs currently living or temporarily located outside the Philadelphia and TriState area
  • International student, faculty, staff, or post docs returning to the US from abroad 
  • Personal Travel 
Due to COVID-19
Paying People Abroad

Fall 2021: Penn will return to its normal policy that all employees (faculty, staff, students, postdocs, etc.) must be working from within the United States in order to be on U.S. payroll.  This includes any individuals who continue to work remotely. Previous accommodations due to COVID-19 will no longer be in place. 

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International Shipping

The regulatory and market constraints of international shipping are changing every day due to COVID-19. Although shipping is generally considered an essential service and exempted from most lock-down measures, deliveries may be impacted. In some countries service is continuing normally, while in other countries there are significant disruptions in service. As essentials and medical supplies are prioritized, other deliveries may be delayed. Also, many providers are applying surcharges, due to increased supply chain demands coupled with staffing disruptions.  The following are links with international shipping alerts, updates, and available services.  

DHL  |  FedEx  |  UPS Alerts  |  UPS Map  |  Geodis

For shipments in the EU, from January 30 to July 31:
VAT and duty will be waived for vital medical equipment for state organizations and charitable or philanthropic organizations approved by the EU member states.