COVID-19 Travel Guidance

In accordance with the University Provost’s Office and the PSOM Executive Vice Dean’s Office, the Center for Global Health has developed the following travel policy to be in effect until further notice.  Along with University leadership, we will continue to monitor changes to testing and vaccine availability as well as country-specific policy on allowing international visitors and reassess our policy accordingly.

  • Medical students (MD & MPH) are restricted from all Penn-related global travel through the end of 2020.
  • Residents/fellows are restricted from all Penn-related global travel through the end of 2020.
  • Faculty are restricted from Penn-related global travel through the end of 2020. However, exceptions for faculty travel will be considered on a case-by-case basis pertinent to exceptional circumstances such as providing essential emergent care or program conduct. Please submit any such request to The Center will review the request and, as appropriate, coordinate the activity with both the Penn Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and/or UPHS/CPUP.

In addition to the restrictions stated above for Penn-related travel, travelers are subject to US Department of State travel regulations/restrictions and those of the destination country/entities. Travelers must test negative for COVID-19 within two days prior to their departure and must be tested immediately upon return to the US. Regardless of the test outcome, travelers may be subject to quarantine on arrival to destination country and/or return to the US.

Any individual approved for travel via special exception must understand that plans can change or be cancelled at any time, even up to the day of departure.


Updated July 21, 2020