Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Updates

The Latest Information:

March 19, 2019: US State Department Issues Global Health Advisory: Worldwide Level 4: Do Not Travel.

For information & resources for the Penn Community visit:
coronavirus.upenn.edu

Summer Programs and COVID-19

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

There are no indications the health or security levels will change in the short-term.  The directive from the Provost and the Executive Vice President on March 13, 2020 will remain in place for the foreseeable future.  As a reminder from the March 13 communications:

Effective immediately and until further notice, we are prohibiting all University-related travel without exception. This includes both outbound domestic and international travel, as well as for all visitors coming to campus.

Update Regarding Summer Programs

April 13th, 2020, Penn announced that all summer courses and in-person programs must be delivered remotely or online. There will be no summer programs offered in-person on campus, including summer camps and summer courses. This extends Penn's previous guidance about the summer to include Summer Session II, which begins on July 2. 

Information & FAQ

Faculty & Staff

Latest Updates for Faculty/Staff

If your school or center was planning to host an international visitor, please contact Global Support Services to discuss other potential options for engagement, such as institutional agreement, independent contractor classification, or external payroll provider.

If you have additional questions you can also reach out to Global Support Services or International Risk Management

Students

Faculty & Staff

Latest Updates for Faculty/Staff

If your school or center was planning to host an international visitor, please contact Global Support Services to discuss other potential options for engagement, such as institutional agreement, independent contractor classification, or external payroll provider.

If you have additional questions you can also reach out to Global Support Services or International Risk Management

Students

Additional Information

Fragomen is publishing an Immigration Update on Coronavirus. On that page readers can download a table detailing current entry restrictions by jurisdiction.

CIBT Visas has provided the following information on Travel and Immigration Disruptions

CDC travel warnings and alerts

Penn COVID-19 task force launched a website containing frequently asked questions, guidance on pay and leave scenarios, and remote work guidelines. Coronavirus Workplace Health & Safety

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information from Penn Abroad for students planning to go, or currently abroad, on a Penn Abroad global program. 

The Penn Travel Office has issued the following Travel Advice regarding Coronavirus.    

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.