The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to international travel. Travelers are responsible for understanding and navigating any entry requirements and local protocols associated with their trip. Most international travel will require either proof of vaccination, a COVID-19 test, or both. Each country’s requirements vary, so be sure to pay close attention to the details about testing and documentation guidance. We strongly recommend that you monitor any communication sent to you by your airline as they will have some of the most current information specific to your itinerary.
To support travelers’ planning and preparation, the Global Travel Safety Office has compiled several professional and reliable information sources.
Staying healthy while traveling
All travelers should familiarize themselves with and follow the Centers for Disease Control guidance for international travel. This guidance outlines what travelers should do before, during, and after travel, including testing requirements to re-enter the U.S.
Travelers should ensure they are enrolled with GeoBlue, the university’s international health insurance, and review the member guide. Details about GeoBlue enrollment and COVID-19 coverage can be found here.
Understanding your destination’s entry requirements
Each U.S. Embassy provides updates to country-specific COVID-19 information. Topics include entry and exit requirements, testing availability and access, vaccine information, movement restrictions, quarantine information, transportation options, fines for non-compliance, and consular operations. This information is updated separately from a country’s travel advisory level.
Travelers can access briefings about conditions and restrictions in their destination through the university’s International SOS portal. Travelers can also call the International SOS assistance center to discuss their travel plans with a security specialist. The assistance center is available 24 hours a day at 1-215-942-8478.
All university-sponsored and supported international travel must be registered in MyTrips prior to departure. MyTrips registration allows the university to better assist travelers in emergencies while abroad. It will also send information and updates specific to a traveler’s itinerary before and during a trip.
Travelers who are U.S. citizens/nationals should also enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Enrollment helps the U.S. Embassy contact travelers in an emergency. Travelers may also opt-in for important information from the Embassy about safety conditions.
Returning to the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control require that all arriving air passengers to the U.S. have a recent negative COVID-19 test result regardless of vaccination or antibody status. Details about the order can be found here. Travelers should plan how they will access a return test while abroad. The U.S. Embassies’ country-specific COVID-19 information includes a section about testing availability and access. Additionally, travelers may consider purchasing an at-home testing kit to bring with them. Some information about at-home testing kits can be found here. (This link is included for reference only. The university does not endorse any particular brand of at-home testing kit.)
Travelers can also check with their airline for testing resources. Several major airlines are partnering with vendors to provide passengers with access to an at-home test kit.
Travelers should prepare for the possibility that their return to the U.S. may be delayed if they test positive during their return test.
Have more questions?
If you have further questions about your travel plans or the university’s travel policy, please reach out to the university’s Global Travel Safety Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.