Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Updates

Travel Guidance & Resources

The University of Pennsylvania continues to follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) and US Department of State (DOS) health and security travel guidance.  

Due to COVID-19, all domestic and international Penn-affiliated travel is currently suspended. However, new guidelines and procedures are now available. 

Penn-affiliated Travel Guide for Students and Employees

If you have plans to travel on a Penn-affiliated trip during the COVID-19 pandemic, please review Penn's temporary:

Travel guidelines and procedures.

General Information
Traveling to the United States

For U.S. citizens and permanent residents returning to the U.S.:

For international students and scholars seeking to return to the U.S.:

If you are concerned about not being permitted to board your flight to the United States or being denied at the US Point of Entry, you may request a travel support letter from your academic department and/or from ISSS confirming that you are seeking entry into the country under the sponsorship of the University of Pennsylvania. Please note that this support letter does not guarantee that you will be permitted entry into the United States and is only meant to provide additional documentation of your status as an active Penn student

General Guidance:

  • For restrictions, medical screenings, and flight operations listed by state, visit the dedicated COVID-19 page maintained by International SOSBe sure scroll down to the United States section.

  • For additional information on entry restrictions and exceptions into the U.S., visit IATA travel regulations map. Be sure to click on the United States on the map for details.

  • For visa information, entry restrictions, health requirements, transit rules, and guidance for re-entry to the United States, use the CIBT Entry Guide. Be sure to select United States of America as the destination.

  • The Penn Travel Office has released COVID-19 Guidance and Related Resources.  

  • For assistance finding COVID-19 testing sites, medication refill or mental stresses support and more, call 215-942-8478 (Penn Member ID 11BSGC000012) or email to speak with a medical and security expert from the International SOS Assistance Center. Even in instances when an individual is not traveling, Penn community members still have access to International SOS member benefits, including the Assistance Center.

General Information
International Travel

General Guidance:

For Penn students planning to go, or currently abroad, on a Penn Abroad Global Program

For Penn Faculty and Researchers:

For international students and scholars leaving the U.S.:

  • View required FAQs on immigration documents, notification procedures, and guidance developed by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

  • For students and scholars sponsored by Penn with international emergency travel concerns, view the notification process and resources listed on the ISSS site.

General Information
Domestic Travel

For state-by-state restrictions in the U.S., including stay at home orders, mobility restrictions/limitations, public requirements and more, view the National Governors Association interactive map.

For case counts and state-by-state COVID information, view the NYTimes COVID-19 Map

For restrictions, medical screenings, and flight operations listed by state, view the dedicated COVID-19 page (select Restrictions from the top menu) maintained by International SOS

For research that involves field work, off-campus interactions, or travel, view the Office of the Vice Provost for Research guidance on research resumption and associated travel risks.

The Penn Travel Office has released COVID-19 Guidance and Related Resources. That page includes, but is not limited to, the latest news and resources provided by World Travel.

The Latest Information

Beginning Jan. 26, the CDC will require travelers entering the U.S. to provide proof of negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of departure.

Nov. 5, 2020: ISSS releases important travel updates for International Students. 

The Penn Travel Office has released COVID-19 Guidance and Related Resources.  

The University’s COVID resource call center provides up-to-date responses to questions about Penn Cares, testing, PennOpen Pass, and more. For information & resources for the Penn Community visit:

Due to COVID-19
Paying People Abroad

Penn employees performing on-campus work remotely are expected to be performing these activities within the United States during the spring semester.  For more details regarding roles and payment types, visit the Spring 2021 guidance (Pennkey login required).

Paying People Overseas Updates

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.