Updated travel guidelines from Penn Global, Global Support Services and Risk Management & Insurance


Dear Colleagues –

Please see below message regarding updated travel guidelines.  Thank you.

                                                 A message to Penn faculty, post docs and staff regarding updated travel guidelines


                                                       Penn Global, Global Support Services and Risk Management & Insurance

Penn travel remains in a restricted status due to the Covid-19 pandemic.   However, as the University resumes strategic research, academic, and business initiatives, the following updates to travel policy were approved and in effect beginning September 7, 2021:

  • Faculty, staff, and post-docs on individual, Penn-affiliated international travel will no longer be required to petition CITRA for travel approval.  Global Support Services and International Risk Management remain available for international travel risk and logistics advice upon request.  All student travel to countries rated by the CDC as Level 3 or Level 4 continues to require a petition for approval.
  • MyTrips registration remains a requirement for all international Penn-Affiliated travel.  As restrictions related to the pandemic are lifted, MyTrips registration for international Penn-Affiliated travel may remain in place as permanent policy. 
  • CITRA has created a set of recommendations to assist group trip administrators as they explore the health, safety, and logistical challenges of group travel (defined as five or more individuals following the same itinerary) during the ongoing pandemic.  Use of the recommendations is optional but highly recommended for both domestic and international group trips.  As a reminder, group travel to countries rated by the CDC as Level 3 or Level 4 requires a petition for approval to travel.

Any questions regarding international travel policy and procedure can be directed to travelsafety@pobox.upenn.edu.  Please visit our website for important information and updates regarding global travel.


Jon Epstein, MD