Heightened Risk Travel

What is considered heightened risk travel?

Heightened risk travel is defined as travel to a country designated “Level 4: Do Not Travel” by the U.S. Department of State and/or travel to a region rated “high” or “extreme” risk by International SOS. Click on the links below to find the risk rating for your destination country or region:

Source Heightened Risk Category   Undergraduate Students Graduate Students, Postdocs, Faculty, or Staff
Department of State                  Level 4 Petition required Travel with caution
International SOS     High or Extreme Petition required Travel with caution

Please note: International SOS rates regions and cities within a country, not necessarily the country as a whole. One country may have several risk ratings. 

Choose Type of Traveler

If you are traveling to a heightened risk region, please select your affiliation below to review related policy and procedures:

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Undergraduate Students

Or a group trip with at least one undergraduate student.

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Graduates, 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. 

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Undergraduate Students

Or a group trip with at least one undergraduate student.

school

Graduates, 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. 

If you have questions about inbound travel to Penn, visit for further guidance: