Temple University Advisories

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Since January, Temple University has been closely monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness COVID-19 (coronavirus) throughout the world. The Elevated/High Risk Committee’s deliberations have been informed by regular updates and recommendations from International SOS, The World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

Fall 2020 International Travel Guidance

Temple University has suspended all non-essential international business travel for the fall 2020 semester. If faculty/staff feel that their trip cannot be rescheduled and is necessary as part of their position or career/educational advancement, they can submit a COVID-19 Travel Exception Form. More details regarding COVID international and domestic travel guidance can be found in the Interim COVID-19 International and Domestic Travel Protocol on the Return to Campus tab of TU Portal.

All student international travel has also been suspended for the fall 2020 semester. Graduate and/or professional students who feel that their trip cannot be rescheduled and is necessary as part of their degree may submit a petition to be considered as an exception. All petitions will be considered high/elevated risk in accordance with the University's International Travel Policy.

The situation will be reassessed at periodic intervals with updates provided to the community, based on international, national, state and local guidance, to determine whether a revision or extension of the restrictions for students and for faculty and staff may be warranted. Given the uncertainty of the situation, faculty, staff and students should be prepared to postpone (or cancel) any programs or work that require travel and/or transition to an alternative, remote mode.

For information regarding the status of Temple RomeTemple Japan, and other undergraduate study abroad programs for the fall of 2020, visit Education Abroad’s website.

For domestic travel guidance, faculty & staff should reference the latest updates on Temple's Return to Campus website.

Planning for Spring or Summer 2021

Education Abroad & Overseas Campuses and Risk Management are working together to review and assess the feasibility of programming at Temple Rome, Temple Japan, exchange institutions and external partners for the spring 2021 semester.

Program leaders and/or administrators should follow the guidance provided on our Information for Group Leaders or Administrators page regarding the programmatic review process for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Updated September 22, 2020

Department of State Advisories

International SOS Alerts

Center for Disease Control Travel Notices

  • Watch - Dengue in the Americas

    September 25, 2020

    Dengue is a risk in many parts of Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Some countries are reporting increased numbers of cases of the disease. Travelers to the Americas can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. ... Read more

  • Watch - Leptospirosis in Fiji

    September 25, 2020

    There is an outbreak of leptospirosis in Fiji. To prevent leptospirosis, travelers should avoid swimming or wading in water that might be contaminated with animal urine and avoid contact with potentially infected animals. ... Read more

  • Watch - Chikungunya in Chad

    September 24, 2020

    There is an outbreak of chikungunya in Chad. You can protect yourself against chikungunya disease by preventing mosquito bites ... Read more

  • Watch - Measles in Africa

    September 15, 2020

    Some countries in Africa are reporting increased numbers of cases (outbreaks) of measles. All travelers to Africa, including infants and pre-school aged children, should be fully vaccinated against measles, according to CDC immunization schedules. ... Read more

  • Watch - COVID-19 in Cambodia

    September 14, 2020

    COVID-19 risk in Cambodia is low. CDC recommends that people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 talk to their healthcare providers before traveling to Cambodia. ... Read more