Penn State Updates Covid-19 International Travel Guidelines

University Park, Pa. – As Penn State continues with the 2023 spring semester, the university has updated its international travel guidelines for students, faculty and staff.

Staff and students traveling abroad for University purposes are no longer required to provide Proof or certification of vaccination status for Covid-19. This guidance is available to employees on Jan. Effective from 20, travel for students will start from 1 February.

Penn State strongly recommends that all university-affiliated travelers stay up-to-date on their Covid-19 vaccinations and immunizations for other infectious diseases. Keeping up-to-date with vaccinations and boosters helps reduce the risk of contracting serious illness while abroad and any disruption to the academic program and nature of the trip due to isolation or quarantine. This recommendation is consistent with international health guidelines and best practices in public health.

Any student or employee undertaking university-affiliated international travel must complete their own research on the requirements of the specific vaccine, booster, test, quarantine or host institution or sponsoring organization. Each traveler is responsible for meeting the requirements or protocols of their intended international destination or program.

Covid-19 testing and vaccination requirements are subject to change at international locations and within the United States without notice, and Penn State reserves the right to change its requirements accordingly.

Non-US citizens/non-US immigrants are subject to specific COVID-19 vaccination requirements for entry into the US. For Penn State students and employees who are not US citizens and travel internationally on University-affiliated business, it is critical that they review and meet the Centers for Disease Control entry requirements for the United States.

In addition, regardless of nationality of vaccination status, those flying to the United States from China, Hong Kong or Macau and those from Seoul, Toronto and Vancouver who have been in China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past need 10 days to show a negative Covid-19 test result taken more than two days before their flight departure. . Individuals who have been infected with Covid-19 within 90 days prior to travel to the US can show documentation of recovery from Covid-19.

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