Traveling During COVID-19

Since January 2020, Temple University has been closely monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness COVID-19 (coronavirus) throughout the world. As the pandemic evolves, so does Temple’s risk analysis of international travel. 

Temple University takes all reasonable steps to help students, faculty and staff stay safe during university-affiliated international travel. By proactively providing travelers with information and resources regarding potential risks, we can educate and prepare travelers to make good decisions regarding their own well-being while abroad.

For the 2022–2023 academic year, the university has lifted all COVID-19 travel restrictions. Effective Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, faculty and staff traveling internationally may proceed with booking airfare in Concur or through World Travel if they have authorization from their school/college/division. Per the university’s international travel policy, all international travel must be registered with Risk Management’s Global Health, Safety and Security team prior to departure.

Additionally in light of the city’s vaccination mandate for the university as well as the worsening conditions of the pandemic due to COVID-19, the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for any university-affiliated international travel. 

Individuals with an approved religious or medical exemption will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Consideration will be given, but not limited to, circumstances on the ground in the destination country and current/anticipated travel conditions. 

Returning from international travel

On Friday, June 10, the Biden administration announced that the U.S. would be lifting the testing requirement to enter the United States. This change in procedure went into effect starting at midnight on Sunday, June 12. The official announcement, and change in procedure, can be found on the Centers for Disease Control’s website.

According to the announcement, this will be reviewed in 90 days. It is recommended that you check the Centers for Disease Control’s website prior/during your travels to verify the latest entry requirements.