Heightened Risk Travel Petition Process Graduate Students, Postdocs, Faculty & Staff

While a petition is not required for this population, we encourage all travelers to take the following steps before traveling to a heightened risk region. 

  • Register your trip in MyTrips to activate your insurance benefits and access to emergency resources. This is mandatory for Penn-affiliated travel.
  • Review your insurance benefits and emergency phone numbers here.
  • Consult with the U.S. Department of State, CDC and International SOS for destination-specific guidance on health and safety abroad.
  • Register with STEP to enroll your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy abroad.
  • Visit family physician or Travel Clinic prior to departure to assess any health issues that may impact your travel.
  • Obtain necessary vaccinations and prescription medications.
  • Keep all medications in their original container, with your name on it, in your carry-on bag.
  • Send a copy of your passport, daily itinerary, hotel information, flight details and local contact number to trusted friend/family member.
  • Contact bank/credit card companies to alert them you are traveling.
  • Carry cell phone with international coverage in case of emergency.
  • Clean out wallet.  Do not take valuables.  Take only necessary items. 
  • Do not drive abroad.  Always wear a seatbelt.
  • Contact International SOS if you have any questions or concerns before or during your trip.